Last month, I organised #NZBloggers October #BRUNCHCLUB which was held at Bread & Butter Bakery and Cafe in Grey Lynn!
Owned and run by Isabel Pasch, Bread & Butter Bakery specialises in making traditional European and naturally leavened sourdough breads. All of their bread is certified organic and tastes delicious! You may have tried their bread before, especially because Bread & Butter generously donated their sourdough loaves, bagels and cinnamon brioche for our Pink Ribbon Carnival back in May of this year!
Bread & Butter have three bakeries in Auckland – Ponsonby Central, Milford and Grey Lynn. At the Grey Lynn branch, this is where all of their breads are baked onsite, and this is where we had our brunch. We were seated in their ‘Plate Room’, a private dining room, where the sun poured in (great for pictures!) and it had the most lovely feature wall (below).
At our brunch, Isabel spoke to us briefly about her background (she is a trained scientist and science journalist, but after moving to New Zealand with her family, could not find any good organic sourdough bread anywhere, so she started her own small bakery (Paris Berlin in Ellerslie), which later became Bread & Butter Bakery.
She also spoke about her bakery’s ethos and her blog, Bread Politics, which was very interesting and a great opportunity to learn more about how their bread is made. If you are interested, Bread & Butter Bakery also run Sourdough Bread Baking Classes on a semi regular basis, where you learn how to make sourdough baking, plus the nutritional and environmental issues around breads and other foods. Check out their Facebook page here for more information.
For brunch, we enjoyed some of following dishes:
Evo and Belle ordered the Bread and Butter Benedict with poached eggs, spinach and brown butter hollandaise on sage and leek bread pudding with Manuka Smoked Bacon. Both enjoyed this dish, and Belle was able to swap out the bread pudding with Gluten Free Toast – yum!
Photo Credit: Belle
Laura ordered the Avocado Brekkie Salad with rocket, vine tomato, poached egg, crispy sourdough croutons, bacon, pecorino and citrus vinaigrette. Laura loved everything about the salad – it was fresh, creamy and delicious. The citrus vinaigrette also gave the dish a nice zing!
Photo Credit: Laura
Michelle, Jessi and Rachael tried the Smashed Avocado & Edamame Luxe – a very generous dish of marinated feta, poached egg, rocket, chili oil, pumpkin seeds and semi-dried tomato on red quinoa sourdough. As I was sitting near Jessi and Michelle, they both loved the fact that literally a whole smashed avocado was served on the plate!
Yuzu, Corrine and I ordered the Clafoutis. I have fond memories of Clafoutis, as growing up, my Mum used to make this dessert often and still does to this day. Bread & Butter’s take on the Clafoutis is making it into a PANCAKE! It is served with mixed berries, raspberry mascarpone, gingerbread and a beautiful cardamom spiced crème anglaise. It was a lovely dish and my sweet cravings were satisfied.
Nicola ordered the Super Grain Porridge and while she was skeptical at first (being porridge), was surprised by all the added condiments – fig jam, mulled wine braised plums, whipped cashews, puffed grains and seeds! Also, how lovely does it look?
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We had the Clafoutis (french pancake) $19, which was light but flavourful with its lemon notes, paired perfectly with a raspberry mascarpone. The Bread & Butter Pudding $16 was served with a beautiful hot buttered rum sauce which was rich and sweet, alongside a cashew crusted banana and poached fruits. If you're looking for a healthy drink option, the Clean & Green Smoothie $9, is chock full of nutrients from the spinach, celery, cucumber and other fresh ingredients in the vege-packed beverage. Or, if you can't live without your coffee in the mornings, Bread & Butter offer their own blend as well, roasted by Espresso Workshop, and their large option is even served in a bowl! Talk about a caffeine bomb!
At the end of the meal, Bread & Butter Bakery gave everyone a surprise gift – either a Mixed Grain Loaf, Rye or Walnut Loaf to take home, which was amazing. I picked up a Walnut Loaf and have been toasting it for breakfast all week!
Overall, it was a great morning out – delicious food, set up and most importantly, the lovely company! A huge thank you to Isabel and the team at Bread & Butter Bakery for your hospitality!
Check out the blogs and social pages of those who came along:
Bean There WBU
Chan Can Eat
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