When I think of traditional Polish food, I used to think of very meaty dishes and stews, I believe even when I googled it the top result was something along the lines of stewed pork knuckle, not for me thanks. So last week when I received a text message saying the Polish Bakery in Wembley had delivered me some Polish treats, I did not really know what to expect, but imagine my extremely happy face when I arrived home to a bag traditional Polish bread and cakes (Incase you can’t, it was pretty similar to Augustus Gloop when he first saw the chocolate river.)
The Polish Bakery is a family run business that has been located in Wembley, North London since 2003, specialising in traditional natural Sourdough bread and other sweet treats. With a lot of their ingredients being directly imported from Poland, they are serving the people of London with an authentic taste of Eastern Europe.
Chia Seed Sourdough Bread
I actually only tried to this bread this morning just prior to writing this post, I toasted it with peanut butter for a lazy breakfast. Considering it was delivered two days ago, it was still incredibly fresh, it also didn’t leave me full comfortably bloated like bread has a tendency to do to me.
Sernik z Owocami – Fruit Cheesecake
This little bit of baked heaven is a traditional baked dish usually served around Christmas time, the soft cheese and baked base are perfectly offset by the taste of mandarin and apple.
Jablecznik – Apple Cake
I, in general, love any form of apple flavoured pastry or confectionery, but this put a complete end to the Bali diet. It was incredible, notice the was, not is because I have eaten it all already. I am not sure how it is supposed to be served but I warmed it slightly in the microwave to make it more a warm crumble. When I finally make it to Poland, this will be the first thing I will be hunting down.
I loved this little sample of Poland that the wonderful people at the Polish Bakery sent me, I was incredibly impressed that it arrived just baked fresh and flavoursome despite being transported across London, it still even had the warm ‘just made’ bread smell ,and it is still just as fresh now, three days later. As a big believer in supporting independent businesses, I will 100% be visiting their store next time I am north of the river to learn (and indulge) on more Polish treats,
The Polish Bakery
272 Abbeydale Road
Poland as a country is somewhere I have added to my 2017 travel list, while Krakow and Warsaw are the obvious choices, I have had my eye on Gdansk situated along the Baltic coast, with rows of colourful buildings and cobbled streets. Temperatures can reach quite high during the spring and summer, so I am really thinking about a weekend city break here next spring as part of journey to see more of Europe.