Best bakeries in Norway

 

During a 10-day trip to Norway, I took the opportunity to check out the country’s baking scene. My husband and I packed in some great outdoor experiences including the famous Rallarvegen cycle, kayaking on Styggevatnet, a walk on Austdalsbreen glacier as well as visits to Oslo, Bergen and Solvorn. Luckily, we were never too far away from a local bakery wherever we went although, disappointingly, I wasn’t able to make it to the one bakery widely heralded as the finest and best bakery in Norway – Bakeriet i Lom.

This post contains some notes on the bakeries I was able to experience first hand in Norway. In general, most Norwegian bakeries showcase a beautiful range of buns (boller), which come with a variety of different fillings (raisins, cinnamon and sugar, custard and berries, nuts are all popular) and many use cardamom spice in the dough. Other common bakery staples are dark brown loaves baked in tins, seeded loaves and most bakeries also serve up crispbread (knekkebrød).

Kanelboller at Stockfleths, Oslo, Norway
Kanelboller at Stockfleths, Oslo, Norway

The best bakeries in Norway

Bakeriet i Lom

First of all, a bit more detail on Bakeriet i Lom. I didn’t make it to Lom, a small place in the foothills of Jotunheimen National Park, but if you are close (it’s a 5 hour drive from Oslo), go and visit Bakeriet i Lom next to the waterfall in the town centre. The bakery, founded by chef-turned-baker Morten Schakenda, has become a top place for foodies and bread lovers who flock to Lom to taste some of their real bread delicacies. Bakeriet i Lom has everything my real bread heart aches for. All the baking is based on slow food principles and pure ingredients. There are wood-fired ovens and plenty of sourdough breads.

Åpent Bakeri in Oslo

Åpent Bakeri was set up in 1998 by Norwegian bakers Emmanuel Rang and Øyvind Lofthus. The bakery has a focus on light and crusty long-fermentation sourdough breads, tradition craftsmanship and high quality ingredients. You can now taste their breads in twelve locations around Oslo.

The BBC’s Hairy Bikers visited the bakery in 2012, see the footage below.

Godt Brød bakeries in Oslo and Bergen

In business since 1995, Godt Brød is a chain of organic bakeries dotted throughout Oslo, Bergen and other locations in Norway. I enjoyed two lovely breakfast mornings at Godt Brød in Bergen Vetrlidsallmenningen savouring mandelboller and skoleboller (custard filled ‘school bun, topped with desiccated coconut and icing) in each sitting. Instead of their made-to-order sandwiches, I also picked up a sourdough walnut loaf for our day hike from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen. The use of exclusively organic ingredients is appealing and so is the Godt Brød mantra which is based around good taste and good conscience.

Godt Brød in Bergen Vetrlidsallmenningen
Godt Brød in Bergen Vetrlidsallmenningen
Mandelboller, Godt Brød, Bergen, Norway
Mandelboller, Godt Brød, Bergen, Norway
Mandelboller Godt Brød, Bergen
Mandelboller Godt Brød, Bergen
Walnut sourdough bread, Godt Brød
Walnut sourdough bread, Godt Brød

norð bakeri in Oslo

norð bakeri focuses on real food made from scratch and locally produced ingredients. We visited one of their coffee bars, located in Nygata near the central train station and purchased some kanelboller (cinnamon buns) and a hearty seeded rye tin loaf.

Local bakeries in Norway

If I’m honest, I was hoping for a more vibrant Norwegian baking scene. We had to research and specifically seek out bakeries when travelling outside Oslo and Bergen, rather than stumbling across them. Therefore, I would like to give a quick shout-out to some other local bakeries I encountered along the way. Keep up the good work!

Flåm Bakeri, Norway
Flåm Bakeri, Norway
Flåm Bakeri
Flåm Bakeri
Kanelboller baked at Lustrabui Bakery. Dampskipskaien, Sogndal
Kanelboller baked at Lustrabui Bakery. Dampskipskaien, Sogndal
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread with salt and caraway seeds
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread with salt and caraway seeds
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread bucket
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread bucket
Hemsedal flatbread with cheeses and strawberry chutney, Pingvinen, Bergen
Hemsedal flatbread with cheeses and strawberry chutney, Pingvinen, Bergen
Nøtterø bakeri & konditori, bakery in Horten, Norway
Nøtterø bakeri & konditori, bakery in Horten, Norway
Skolebollar, Norwegian cardamom bun with creme patisserie and coconut
Skolebollar, Norwegian cardamom bun with creme patisserie and coconut

What are your favourite bakeries in Norway? Leave me a comment!

Best bakeries in Ireland

 

My second post in the series of ‘Best Bakeries in…’ will actually attempt to cover a whole country. I spend a lot of time in Ireland, vising family and friends, so I have started to compile a list of my favourite bakeries in Ireland. As always, the focus is on #realbread bakeries. For a more comprehensive overview, have a look at this bakery map put together by the guys at Real Bread Ireland.

Best bakeries in Ireland

Fallon & Byrne, Dublin
Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

Fallon & Byrne (Food Hall)

11 -17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
The shop has a state-of-the-art bakery at its premises and makes bread for its shop. The breads use only flour, water, yeast and salt, plus natural flavourings such as seaweed.
http://www.fallonandbyrne.com

Firehouse Bakery

Old Delgany Inn, Delgany, Co. Wicklow
Award winning bakery, great sourdough loaves, lots of passion for real bread.
Should you find yourself around Skibberean in West Cork, head to their bread school on Heir Island.
“Our philosophy is simple – bread is non discriminative therefore it is something for all. Artisan does not mean over pricing. The only additives bread should contain are time and passion.”
http://www.thefirehouse.ie

Arbutus Bread

Wholesale bakery, producing over 2000 loaves each night while using traditional artisan methods. Sourdoughs and yeasted breads are available from many stockists. I found it in O’Keefes, St Lukes, Cork but here is a list of all their stockists (also outside of Cork).
http://www.arbutusbread.com/

Riot Rye

The Eco-Village, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
Breads using organic flours, natural and wild ingredients, and sustainable production methods
“We exclusively use organic flours, natural and wild ingredients in our breads. We employ sustainable production methods with our highly energy efficient wood-fired oven, fuelled by locally sourced timber.”
http://www.riotrye.ie/