There’s something special about the smell of freshly baked bread that lingers in the air and makes your mouth water. And when that bread is artisan sourdough, it’s even better. That is why I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to fo a photoshoot at the artisan sourdough bakery Mini Miss Bread in Saffron Walden.
With my photography, I always appreciate the chance to capture the beauty of food, and artisan bread is no exception. When I arrived early at the bakery, the first thing I noticed was how well they have used the space. Everything is on show, and yet still very decluttered and rustic but also modern. The interiors were in fact designed with the help of my interior architecture friend Kate who runs An Artful Life Studio. It was clear that this compact but well-thought space had seen many loaves of bread baked to perfection. The queue outside before opening was a testament of how popular they are!
The bakery was small, but it was filled with a variety of breads, and pastries, each with its unique shape, texture and aroma. The loaves were resting on cooling racks, the pastries on wooden boards, and the light was filtering through the windows, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. I also loved the artificial lights, and their shapes – very striking in the pictures, and yet not taking over the view of the bakery backstage.
Megan and were busy shaping and scoring loaves, carefully weighing ingredient, and tending to the over, It was clear that they had learnt a lot since they started from home, and have a deep understanding of the sourdough process, and passionate about the art of baking bread on a much larger scale.
You cannot help finding the tangy aroma of sourdough bread intoxicating, and its perfect texture – crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. Sourdough bread takes so much longer than other bread (and may be the reason I gave up on it after a couple of years), but the extra time and effort are worth it for the flavour and texture.
The Mini Miss Bread shoot was such an experience, it was lovely to be with Kate as well, and have a feel of the interiors planning that went into designing the space. If you get a chance to got to Saffron Walden, please join the queue to go to Mini Miss Bread, I highly recommend it. There is nothing quite like the taste and smell of freshly baked bread. If you want to read more of my makers stories, go here. Do not hesitate to contact me, if you would like me to capture your creative story.