There’s something you need to know about Germans. They do really. amazing. bread.
If they go overseas, they make it their business to find out where they can get good bread. Texture, flavour, density, it’s the perfect synergy of art and science. In fact…some say that over the last few decades the Austrians held onto their bread making traditions just a little bit better than the Germans. It’s these traditions that Sarah Wiener had in mind when she decided that she wanted to open a beautiful bäckerei, a bakery, in Berlin.
Sarah Wiener is a known entity in Germany for her passions and contributions to the food industry. Google her name and you’ll see what I mean or jump over here. Catering, restaurants, books, cooking classes, TV, she’s working with kids programs on nutrition – she’s even popped up on SBS television in Australia. The philosophy is clear – food must be delicious and sourced from quality ingredients. So when it came to finding the perfect baker for her bakery, she looked no futher than Helmut Gragger. Helmut owns his own legendary wood fired bakeries in Linz and Vienna. Baking started off as just a job for him but before long his job turned to a passionate obsession. In modern times he is one of the few bakers around following old school traditions, working with a wood fired oven, with all organic ingredients and a member of the Slow Food Movement.
Thank God for people in the world like Sarah and Helmut. Oh how glorious is the bread they bake.
I was at the bakery this week, capturing the products, the shopfront, the opening and the bakery (the bakery itself is off-site from the shop). Helmut was there and Sarah served some customers and chatted to passers-by. It was an absolute inspiration to be a part of it, so thrilling and such an honour. Sarah and Helmut’s vision for the bakery is very clear, and beautifully realised down to every detail. If you are ever in Berlin, you simply must go to Wiener Brot (Vienna Bread) near the corner of Tucholskystrasse and Auguststrasse in Mitte.
I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to indulge in pictures.
and then…some more images to capture the oven and the breads in more detail.