Babka, Scaccia and more: 1920 Bakery wants a more inclusive bread basket for your table
The bread really was the hero of quarantine kitchens; be it the sourdough starters or focaccia kits, breads did ‘rise’ to every occasion. The newly opened 1920 Bakery is actually a step ahead of your neighbourhood bakeries in terms of curation. “No one in the city was making a chocolate babka, for instance. Fresh hand-made options were just not there; we wanted to elevate the way we use breads, in terms of flavours or ingredients. And we thought let’s introduce something different, we essentially wanted to bring something new to people’s tables,” Ritika Agarwal, the mind behind the bakery, tells us. The expert-run kitchen started its run during the lockdown and quickly discovered it had a lot of ground to cover vis-a-vis consumer demands and we caught up with Agarwal to understand her vision.
You started your bakery amid the lockdown…
Yes. My mum used to be a home baker, so baking has become a part and parcel of our lives. Right before Covid hit, my mum had successfully completed her training in bread making. She then trained me and her team but before we could go ahead with any substantial plans, the lockdowns were announced.
There were many people who couldn't access fresh, everyday bread during that period. That's how 1920 Bakery came about, we started with three essential breads, namely milk loaf, brown bread and the dalia bread which is a hotseller. Since then of course, we’ve expanded upon our menu, after we have did extensive research, multiple classes and quite a bit of in-house development.
Do you have a set catalogue or menu?
There are certain things which are always there on our menu, and we try to update it every six to eight weeks, be it with season’s special edit or healthy breads. For instance, we did a Christmas menu and during fall our spiced pumpkin breads did really well. The December menu had some vegan options. It’s funny, when our customers were looking for vegan breads, we did some research and realised we already have some things in our line-up that are vegan. We are also looking at making gluten-free options next so the menu gets more inclusive
Tell us about you clientele
We do have all kinds of buyers, however our senior audiences are really experimental. They want to try the Scaccia (a Sicilian-inspired pizza style bread smeared with our inhouse sauce infused with garlic, herbs and cheese) or the babka, especially for their kids or grandkids. Everyday breads are good morning starters but the specialty breads are great for weekend dinners or brunch and even for gifts. During the lockdown, we had a lot of people sending over bread baskets to their loved ones. Since everything is baked as per order, it’s all very fresh and we also support same-day deliveries.
Do you want a brick and mortar presence for your bakery in the future?
As of now, I really enjoy this home kitchen-run format, it’s been so viable for us. But someday I would want a storefront, and we are working towards that. But I think we’ll always have this model in place.
Everyday breads start from Rs 30
Signature breads start from Rs 125
For orders call 7603094264