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✓ It's very much long overdue and about time that we visited our all time favourite bakery to get a special look at the process of beigel making from start to finish.
This (not so secret place for Londoners) is a bakery which we've been visiting now for around 25 years. You can come here safe in the knowledge that it will be always be open 24-7, 365..........this shop is one of London's most special places.
Why is this our favourite place? simply because the prices here are very much affordable, so much so that anyone can come here in the knowledge that they can eat something filling without it costing a fortune - where else can you buy a beigel for 0.30 pence!!!
Spend 10 to 15 minutes standing in the shop (and eating) and you'll see all walks of life come into the shop rich or poor: low, middle & upper classes can allbe seen as customers in the shop, At 4:00am you would get a slice of London in that Bagel shop, night clubbers leaving the clubs, hookers, police, night shift workers, taxi & minicab drivers etc all eating a salt beef bagel with a cup of tea.
The best place to stand when eating in the shop, we reckon its right by the window on a Sunday afternoon (on market day).
They can get extraordinarily busy with queues very often snaking out of the door, especially on Sundays or in the night time when nightclubbers come in droves, well past midnight & into the early hours - the speed of service is second to none; so if you're in a rush you'll never be waiting for too long.
Our favourite munch here is:
* A beigel with cream cheese.
* Onion platzel with butter & cheese with their soup.......it's been our first choice when I come here.
The menu is focused on beigels, which are baked in the traditional Jewish style with fillings such as hot salt beef with mustard, chopped herring, and cream cheese and salmon. They also produce pastries and sweets treats such as Danish rolls, apple strudel, Eccles cakes and cheesecake, as well as white, rye and black bread. Beigel Bake produce well 2000 to 3000 beigels daily.
Sammy the part owner has been running the shop for nearly since 1974 and there's no secret to the beigel recipe; he says that the ingredients include: flour, warm water, sugar, malt flour, salt and yeast.
This is the shop that never closes, (it stays open 24 hours a day, 7 days, 365 days a year) so anyone can come here anytime of the day or night.
A very special thank you to Sami & his team who welcomed us and graciously allowed us a privileged glimpse into their kitchen to do the videoing.
Having spent a day in this bakery, I now have major respect for bakers! damn they work so hard! Harder then I ever thought!.
Brick Lane Beigel Bake Bakery is located at: 159 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB
Phone number: 0207 729 0616
The working title of this video was "a day in the life of a beigel bakery".
(Video recorded on Wednesday 1st February 2017.