Pink columns, a dusting of flour and a delicious aroma – this place radiates peace, passion and craftsmanship. This is the Bohnenblust bakery and pastry shop which, in a nondescript industrial building just outside of Bern, bakes the very best sourdough – according to top chef Markus Arnold – that the city has to offer. This bread is his ultimate insider tip, and before he offered it in his restaurant alongside soups and salads, he enjoyed it in the comfort of his own home. “It’s not just bread, it’s a moment of pure joy”, says the chef of his favourite sourdough.
Crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy inside – alongside an exquisite gourmet soup or as the main part of a “café complet” (a cup of coffee and a piece of bread with butter and jam), bread adds a special touch to any meal. And so it’s no surprise that Markus Arnold calls upon his trusted bakery for this occasion. Today, he’s helping out with the baking. For him, this is an opportunity to take time out from his busy schedule and recharge his batteries: “The dough between your fingers, the smell of fresh bread, the fine dusting of flour on every surface, for me it’s a moment of utter perfection – so pure and elementary yet also inspiring.”