Baking sourdough bread reached a fever pitch during the stay-home period, but Vincent of Witty Wheat took it up a notch and turned it into a home-based business. This home-based business bills itself as a specialist in sourdough bread and other natural leavened bakes that have gone through long hours of fermentation for a distinct flavour. It also prides itself on fresh loaves with no commercial yeast, additives, colouring or preservatives added.
Here, you’ll find a slew of sourdough confections with flavours like Cheese Garlic, Sweet Potato, Everyday Rye, Just Chocolate and Just Olive. There are even hand-shaped sourdough cookies for those of you who prefer a bit of crunch, and these are baked to order as well.
What To Try: Cheese Garlic Sourdough ($12.80), which marries cheddar cheese cubes from New Zealand and garlic for an aromatic and savoury loaf. Also check out its sourdough cookies ($13.80 for a box of three), available in four flavours; Classic Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip, Cranberry White Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin.
How to order: Via its website
Once Upon an Apple Cake
As you probably can tell from its name, this bakery specialises in apple cake. It was founded by Mark Lim, who’s also a former RSAF pilot. After leaving the Singapore Air Force, he started his own interior design company. But when Circuit Breaker restrictions halted his projects, he decided to give baking a whirl, focusing on a family recipe for apple cakes. He sold his first cake through his new home bakery, Once Upon An Apple Cake, which he set up in June 2020. In two months, he had already sold 300 cakes.
What To Try: There are two menu mainstays — Apple Cake ($45 for an 8-inch cake), which is generously filled with fresh apple chunks, as well as Apple Cheese Cake ($38 for a 7-inch cake). Fans of the Basque burnt cheesecake will want to go for this one, which gets a fruity spin thanks to crunchy apple bits.
How to order: WhatsApp Mark at 9459-3118 or Eileen at 8127-2561. Pre-order at least three days in advance.
Of Feast & Field
Baker Sim Shi Jie runs the (home) kitchen at Of Feast & Field, and draws inspiration from the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi; a world view that’s centred around the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Also drawing on nature, the rusticity of simple living and everyday life, he churns out bakes using the best ingredients, whipping up simple yet toothsome confections that place the focus on taste and texture.
And in the spirit of sharing, he’s even got recipes for all his cookies available on his website.
What To Try: You can only order through its monthly bake sale, and Of Feast & Field’s ever-changing offerings depend on the availability of ingredients and seasonality. So far, we’ve seen bake sales with caneles, Meyer lemon meringue tarts, pistachio shortbread and chocolate chip cookies.
The Homme Baker
The creative whiz behind The Homme Baker is pastry chef Pond Lim, who started baking at the age of 18, and majored in culinary arts at a university in Thailand. While his full-time gig is at a production house, his home business is a means of chasing his baking dreams.
The menu is ever-evolving, including seasonal bakes like a rum fruit cake for Christmas and Burnt Custard Cake with Mandarin Orange Sauce for Chinese New Year, so keep your eye on his page.
What To Try: It doesn’t get more Instagrammable than his Tom & Jerry series (a box of six for $36 or half a box of four for $24) – Swiss cheese-like exteriors hide moreish sweet treats like Raspberry panna cotta, cheesecake and dark chocolate banoffee.