Landour Bakehouse | Bakery in the hills

 

Old Van - Landour Bakehouse If you are craving for a breakfast in mountains with brownie and coffee, visit Landour Bakehouse, an English style bakery and a treasure of desserts and all things vintage.

Talking about Ruskin Bond and ghost stories, Saurabh and I along with Manish (our childhood friend) were strolling in the dark yet beautiful streets of Landour around midnight. My feet covered in socks, kept slipping inside my old worn-out shoes, as the leather had now become old. The squeaky noise they made, added to the drama. Honestly, I did feel sacred. I could sight no other human figure around. The lights inside the cottages had been put off and other than the gusts of wind, I couldn’t hear any another sound.

Well, yes, the sound of my shoes – which did irritate the boys, but I was happy. At least, it kept the mood lighter.

Soon, I spotted a fridge inside a glass window. The fridge was lit up and as we reached closer, I spotted the board of Landour Bakehouse. We forgot talking about ghosts and squeaky shoes, as we got busy ogling at muffins, cookies and other desserts, through the windowpane of the shop. I was happy we had finally spotted the bakery, as we had been searching for it all day long. We even met a dog there, which later accompanied us, till our guesthouse.

The feeble glimpse of the Bakehouse had upped my excitement further and we decided to have our breakfast there, sharp at 8AM.

The walk till the bakery seemed different in the morning. The locals were out for their morning walk, monkeys were busy chomping on watermelons and the cottages seemed pretty, instead of daunting.

We reached the bakery and it looked like a corner of a European village.

Styled like an English bakery, Landour Bakehouse is just two months old. Sanjay Narang, a Mumbai based restaurateur and owner of Rokeby Manor and other properties in Landour, owns this bakery as well. The attention to detail is worth all the praise. From metal measuring cups to wooden rolling pins and grandma’s weighing machine, they have decorated the bakery with vintage style tools that are essential to baking.

I instantly liked the quaint little eatery, as it was spacious and blessed with ample sunlight. Surrounded by the peaceful environs of Landour, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to enjoy delicious desserts and coffee.

Manish, out of excitement, went on an ordering spree. So we got Peanut Butter Brownies, Battenberg cake, Mother’s Apple cake, Cinnamon Doughnut, Chicken Croissant and Coffee, with obviously too many desserts to finish.

The desserts looked good and like many bakeries in the mountains, celebrated simple baking, sans creams and other fanciness. The carrot cake had cream cheese frosting, but, thankfully they left the apple cake just as a sponge with oat flakes on top.

The recipes used here are taken from Landour Cookbook curated by Ruskin Bond. Sisters and nuns, residents of Landour under the British raj, wrote these recipes, which are now being put to use by the bakery.

I fell in love with the Peanut Butter Brownie. I gluttonously dug into the soft, gooey and fudgy brownie, with a dominant peanut butter flavour. Later, I was told, the peanut butter used in the brownies was from the famous A. Prakash & Co, a hugely popular brand in and around Mussoorie, known for serving the likes of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.

I usually don’t like doughnuts much, as I find the whole obsession, a bit overrated. However, at Landour Bakehouse, I loved the simple, plain and soft doughnut dusted with sugar and cinnamon powder.

On the flip side, Battenberg cake, a sponge cake interspersed with two distinct flavours and colours – pink and yellow – and covered in marzipan, turned out to be disappointing. Even the Mother’s Apple Cake lacked any standout flavour.

In savoury, we only had chicken croissant, which was passable. How I wished that they served puffs as well.

It wasn’t much of a surprise, but we could barely finish the sweets.

I can’t recall how many times Manish repeated that he was going through ‘sugar rush’, as he kept jumping around on our way to Lal Tibba. It did, however, motivate us to go for a long walk in the mountains.

A whee bit excited we walked and walked till it was time for us to have lunch at Emily’s, before we left for Dehradun.

Despite not wanting to, I left the lush green hills of Mussoorie-Landour. With my heart filled with joy and bag full of memories, this was all about my first affair with the ‘queen of hills’. Until, we meet again.


In a nutshell:

Location: Located at the famous Sisters bazaar, Landour Bakehouse is the neighbour of famous A. Prakash & Co. store.

Atmosphere: Serene mountain surroundings, vintage English style Bakery. It’s cosy and bright – perfect for those who like to start their day a little early.

Service: Courteous and efficient.

Food: Croissants, Pastries, Cookies and coffee, if you have a sweet tooth, walk in.

Must HavesPeanut Butter Brownie, Cinnamon Doughnut and Coffee.

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