Scandinavian delights at Nordic Bakery

Today I’m having an indulgent lunch at Nordic Bakery in Covent Garden. Being back in my favourite part of London always makes me smile. This is one of four establishments in London that sells a fabulous range of Nordic baked goods, like cinnamon buns, rye bread and cakes…and more.

They describe themselves as a beautiful Scandinavian cafe and peaceful meeting place in a frantic city. There are certainly many Scandinavian touches about the place (like the wood-clad walls) which exudes a sense of coolness and calm. I’m loving the Scandi vibe that’s popping up around London. This would certainly be the perfect place to visit in the middle of this amazing heatwave London’s having.

Service is welcoming and friendly and then you’ll discover  all manner of deliciousness to choose from.

Nordic Bakery Covent Garden

Welcome to Covent Garden’s Nordic Bakery

Cinnamon buns are a quintessential Scandinavian treat and these are among the best I’ve ever seen or tasted. They are made fresh on the premises throughout the day. Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water.

Nordic bakery: Cinnamon buns

Up close on the perfect cinnamon buns

As I was there around lunchtime I simply had to try some of the savoury delicacies. Like these open sandwiches. Gravadlax and cucumber or smoked salmon on traditional rye bread.

Nordic Bakery: Open sandwiches

Smoked salmon tastes amazing on rye bread

One of my favourite Nordic ingredients is herring. They have so many ways of preparing this wonderful fish – one I simply do not eat enough of. Here it is in a mild curry sauce served with hard boiled egg on that rye bread again. Such a great combination.

Nordic Bakery: open herring sandwich

You have to try the herring if you’re anywhere Nordic

The spinach and feta quiche was light and tasty with its melt-in-the-mouth pastry.

Nordic bakery: spinach and feta quiche

A slice of creamy, tasty quiche

Berries are a big part of Nordic cuisine – blueberries and lingonberries are perfect in these tasty buns.

Nordic Bakery: berry buns

Berry buns and more to choose from

Or how about pastries with an apple, almond or custard filling. See what I mean, there’s a lot of choices going on here.

Nordic Bakery: apple, almond and custard

More sweet flavours to savour

And here’s a sweet surprise. It’s called an oven pancake and is cooked in a baking tray. And although it doesn’t look like it, it certainly tastes like a pancake and was wonderful with their home-made berry jam. What a great idea – fuss-free pre-prepared pancakes without the stress. I’m going to be making these at home, that’s for sure.

Nordic bakery: Oven pancake

The surprising oven pancake with delicious berry jam

The great news is that even if you don’t live in London or can’t get to Covent Garden, there’s a fabulous recipe book. So you can get baking at home and fill your home with Scandinavian delights. Now doesn’t that sound good?

Time for some home-baked goods

 

Nordic Bakery is at 55 Neal Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London.

Celebrate summer with a picnic from PAUL

Summertime in London is something to get excited about. The city is transformed into a huge outdoor playground with parks and squares full of people greedily soaking up the sun. The perfect time for a picnic.

And this summer you don’t even have to make your picnic yourself. Simply order something tasty from PAUL, the family-run French artisan bakeries and patisseries with branches scattered around London. You know the ones, with edible window displays so beautiful and tempting it’s hard to walk by without buying something.

My selection ready to eat

My selection ready to eat

For just £17 for two people you get a sandwich or salad, a bag of crisps, a slice of one of their fabulous tarts plus a soft drink (all of your choice). Sandwich delights on offer include two favourites – Roti de Boeuf – sliced roast beef nestled in between slices of gherkin, mustard mayo and six cereal bread; Montagnard – filled with Coppa ham, Comte cheese, tomatoes, olive paste and Batvia lettuce in poppy seed bread. Yum!

Their classic fruit tarts are mouthwatering. I love the Flan Normand which is made with amazing buttery pastry filled with custard, sliced apples and topped with almonds. It’s impossible to resist.

And it all comes in a “Sac a Pique-nique” – a smart cooler bag that you’ll be using over and over once the heatwave arrives. Well, let’s be optimistic. Happy picnicking.

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Your picnic also comes with this bright, disposable tablecloth

Available in all London shops (with pre-ordering online). Visit www.paul-uk.com