I love bread! Actually, I love baked goods – bread, rolls, muffins, pastries, cakes and all!
And my love for it since childhood eventually compelled me to take baking lessons – certification programs, mind you – at a skills-development school in Diliman, Quezon City, sanctioned by TESDA.
The only class I never got to attend was Cake Decorating. Somehow, my dabbling in computer programming with all that typing made me lose my script-writing skills. Anyway, I never got to further practice my newly-acquired baking skills, because the equipment and tools I needed were too costly, especially for someone into it for mere pleasure.
Nonetheless, I’m always on a lookout for good bakeries and pastry shops wherever I go. Unfortunately, here in Panglao Island, there isn’t much of it. But then I met a master baker right here in the island – Baker Mar. Like two kindred spirits, we'd incessantly talk about baking whenever running into each other.
The last time my cousin from Subic came to town, she stayed at Amorita where Baker Mar works, and she and I got to enjoy some of Baker Mar’s creations at Saffron’s breakfast buffet. And when my cousin flew back home, she took back with her a couple boxes of Baker Mar’s dinner rolls – for her own gastronomic pleasure, as well as for pasalubong. They’re that good!
By the way, Baker Mar is the only Pinoy baker I know who is adept with European bread-making; hence, he can easily whip up some bagels and bialys – my favorites when in Manhattan. You see, Baker Mar was once the head baker at the New York Bagel Coffee Shop in tony Alabang.
Here are some of Baker Mar's creations:
The baked goods featured above are served at Saffron's breakfast buffet.
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