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Three Great Traditional Bakeries

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by Dottie (subscribe)
Radio presenter, business consultant and amateur foodie thriving on living life, loving moments and just being a cheeky girl at heart.
Published October 6th 2012
Nothing like some fresh crusty bread

There are plenty of great bakeries around Sydney, ranging from your standard bakery chains, Vietnamese bakeries with their famous 'Pork Rolls', and various artisan bakeries. You can read more about some of Sydney's great bakeries in this article Top 10 Best Bakeries in Sydney. While I was reading through this Top 10 list recently I realised that it was missing some of Sydney's best traditional bakeries - so here they are:

Afghan and Arab Bakery

2/13 Nelson Street
Fairfield NSW 2165
Tel: (02) 9728 1832

All of the bread at the Afghan and Arab Bakery in Fairfield is covered in a light dusting of flour - and so are all the staff. The bread is made onsite in the bakery's two traditional clay-lined ovens, which the owner (Habib Bayani) built when he opened the bakery in 2002.

The Afghan and Arab Bakery produces five types of bread:

  • Afghan Bread: made with salt, water, flour, yeast and baking soda
  • Sweet Bread: made with mild, sugar, flour and oil
  • Arabic Bread: made with salt, water, flour, yeast and baking soda
  • Iranian Bread: made with salt, water, flour, yeast and baking soda
  • Turkish Bread: made with salt, water, flour, yeast and baking soda

As you can see, all of the types of bread are made with essentially the same ingredients, but each bread has a subtle difference resulting from the varying proving, resting and cooking times. My favourite is the Turkish Bread, which is great for a toasted sandwich lunch.

Hellenic Bakery

371 Illawarra Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Tel: (02) 9559 2701

The Hellenic Bakery has been run by the Stoullis family for more than 30 years and is famous for it's big wheels of traditional sourdough and barley bread. The sourdough is deliciously chewy and a perfect accompaniment for a warm bowl of soup.

If you're after something sweet, try the Hellenic Bakery's kourambiedes (almond shortbread) or the honey-soaked melomakarona biscuits.

I took some of the galaktoboureko (sticky custard slice) home and it was the perfect dessert after dinner that night.

Cassaniti Bakery

153 Ramsay Street
Haberfield NSW 2045
Tel: (02) 9797 7715

Cassaniti was first established in 1969 by Antonino and Agata Cassaniti and is now run by their sons Robert and Richard. You'll identify the bakery by the long line of people queuing outside for their crusty italian loaves.

Cassaniti's most popular loaf is their pane di casa, a house loaf with a thick chewy crust. Cassaniti's also bakes a wood-fired loaf, a pane a legno, panini, an assortment of focaccini (focaccia) and mini pizza squares.

Cassaniti's Bakery was also the first to offer a rosetta, which is essentially a hollow roll. If you love crusty bread - this one is definitely for you.
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