Freshly baked bread in Recife

15 May

The best part of our little local grocery store, besides being about two blocks away from our building, is the freshly baked bread. Daily the bakery sets out a variety of freshly baked goodies….and it’s the first thing you smell when you walk in the door (well, at least hopefully…if the air conditioner is out then sometimes the smell of fish sort of takes over).

I found the Pao de Leite (milk bread) irresistible just because of how beautiful it looks with the leaf pattern atop.  Once we tried it – plain, with butter, grilled cheese sandwiches, then as the super star on the best french toast ever, it has become a staple in our fridge. It’s light, a bit sweet, and just plain good.

So what you do to buy the bread is to lift up the mesh cover, use a plastic bag to grab the bread and then tie it up and hand it to a bakery person who weighs it and prices it. And, a fresh loaf is about $1.75US.  Wow!

There’s also a bin nearby full of mini pao frances, little loaves of French bread – my husband calls them “hard rolls” and you also buy them by weight. People here buy these daily and eat them with every meal.

Definitely on the list of things I’ll miss…

The fresh bread table at our local grocery store.....can you smell it?

The fresh bread table at our local grocery store…..can you smell it?

Oh the wonderful variety of sweet breads and multigrains, donuts and mini cakes!

Oh the wonderful variety of sweet breads and multigrains, donuts and mini cakes!

My favorite - Pao de Leite (Milk Bread), the one with the pretty leaf pattern.  It makes the best best best French toast ever

My favorite – Pao de Leite (Milk Bread), the one with the pretty leaf pattern. It makes the best best best French toast ever

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