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Dench Bakers - Outstanding Sourdough Bread Artisans
Is there anyone more passionate about food in Melbourne than Dench Bakers? These artisan bakers masterfully create products that are sourced from all over Melbourne. When I grace some of Melbourne’s best cafes they proudly offer Dench products as part of their fare.
How many office workers are fuelled on Dench sourdough fruit toast? A couple of slices of Dench toast packed with goodness lasts most workers until lunch time. Many times I have enjoyed the excellence of Dench Bakers products including taking loaves home and eating with gourmet cheeses and meats.
I enjoyed a chat with Dench Bakers staff at a Farmers Market. The passion was huge for artisan bread but also for lifestyle and healthy eating. These guys are real Melbourne “foodie” people!
The Dench Bakers sourdough is up among Melbourne’s best. I’ve notice several sourdough makers rave about their sourdough but products have disappointed – too dry or not really genuine sourdough. The sourdough breads at Dench Bakers are hand made using organic flours and baked traditionally on the sole of the oven. Popular is the house white sourdough featuring stoneground wheat flour. Another sensation is the Olive Loaf – a stoneground flour loaf with pitted Kalamata olives and fresh rosemary.
The Raisin loaf is too appealing for words – stoneground and white flour, whole pureed oranges and ginger, Australian sultanas, currants and raisins, sugar and butter. Yeah baby!
The Ciabatta bread is also extraordinary with organic wheat flour, organic stoneground unbleached wheat flour, water, Murray River salt, malt, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, yeast and ascorbic acid.
Dench Bakers also make cute and tasty treats like their tarts, cakes and gingerbread men.
Now Dench Bakers are offering gluten free bread product. This has been something gluten free consumers have craved for a long time. Dench Bakers gluten free bread doesn’t crumble like cake as with other glutern free breads. It took the chef/baker some 3 months to perfect the recipe.
The premises in Fitzroy North is among a great precinct of organic artisans. It’s grown now to accommodate 50 seats and continues to provide great breakfasts and lunches, breads, Genovese coffee, and organic juices.
They also have a funky café in Hawthorn called Bread and Jam for Frances which was names after the food obsessed badger who loved bread and jam so much that’s all she wanted to eat!
Dench Bakers, 109 Scotchmer St, Fitzroy North – Artisan Bakers - Food 9 Ambience 9