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CLASSIC PUNE BAKERIES

Pune has a fantastic baking culture. It was mostly the Parsis who started the trend. Somewhere inspired by the success of Dotivala bakery established in the 1700′s in Surat. But it was the Parsi Iranis who came to the city 200-odd years ago from Iran who really bumped up the baking scene!! These numbers were further increased with the arrival of Muslim Iranis from Iran in the 1930′s. Now quite a few of the old-time Pune bakeries are Muslim-Irani owned. Yet, it’s the Parsi bakeries which remain more popular than the others.

Kayani Bakery in Camp is the most loved and popular of all. Their Shrewsbury Biscuits are a buttery delight. In general the Parsi Irani bakeries produce very good quality. Some of the Muslim Irani bakeries are exceptional and overall, the Muslim bakeries are much better priced. On the other hand, Hindu owned old-time bakeries are just a few. One of these is Santosh bakery on Apte road. It’s known mostly to locals of that area but it's extremely popular.
 
Santosh Bakery is located in the quiet Apte Road. A residential sorta place, which has a fair bit of crowd but not like the bustle of the neighbouring Jungli Maharaj Road ‘n Fergusson College Road. The beauty of Santosh Bakery is that every single item’s made fresh. And all the prep, baking ‘n everything else happens in front of your eyes. All items that come out of the oven, immediately go to the counter and get sold. Straight from the oven. Beat that! 
 
The breads at Santosh Bakery are superb. Soft, tasty and warm. But the highlight ‘n the fastest moving item’s the honey roll. In appearance the honey roll, with it’s deep pink colour, looks quite like a jam roll. But the inside layers of honey along with the sponge are incredibly soft ‘n tasty. The jam biscuits are also quite good. The inside stuffing’s dry ‘n a bit chewy. Good stuff! Santosh bakery does limited stuff. But boy! They’re quite focussed on quality. Classic Indian old-school baking.
 
 
 
01-MAY-2013
 
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