Ratios Bakery goes the extra-mile to make bread-lovers extra happy.
The local community in Maadi has been raving about an online bakery serving some major yumminess so we decided it was time to find out what all the fuss was about.
Ratios Bakery operates out of what they call a little “micro bakery” in Maadi, though the founders are in the process of finding a new place to call home, an on-site bakery and shop. Ratios Bakery started in a very modest fashion, simply with a man and his love for bread.
“It really all began with a love of good bread. My wife and I love to travel, and many of our trips are planned around where we will eat. In Europe, there are amazing bakeries, all with their own homemade bread, unlike anything available in Egypt. I simply began experimenting at home, trying to recreate the breads that I loved so much. I started home-baking in 2011, and over the years have continued to learn and perfect techniques and recipes. I began giving our bread as gifts to friends and family, and after receiving great feedback began selling it in our social circle.”, said Samer, founder of Ratios Bakery.
Ratios Bakery’s menu is cute, short, and concise, but what’s really far from lacking is the flavor on these bad boys. Their menu is divided into breads, sweet foods, and good foods, and it’s difficult to resist ordering a little something of everything on the first try. Don’t worry, we’ve been there.
The thick, sourdough bread is their main specialty, and the crusty bundles, delivered warm straight out of the oven are to die for. This bread is unlike anything you can find anywhere in Cairo.
“Our bestseller is our country white sourdough; it is our most basic loaf but is really the foundation of our business and all of the bread we make. The whole wheat with cranberries and roasted walnuts is the next most popular bread, and for sweets, customers love our cinnamon buns—they are truly addictive.” said Samer, proud bread-maker and founder of Ratios Bakery.
But what makes this bread so good? I mean, bread is bread, right? Wrong. There’s a certain technique to it, you gotta have that Ratios finesse – “We use only 4 ingredients for our bread: unbleached flour, purified water, salt, and our own wild culture yeast starter. Most commercial bakeries add milk powder, additives, preservatives, and commercial yeast to their breads. We use our own made-from-scratch seven-year old sourdough—this is a naturally fermenting wild yeast which causes the bread to rise without the use of commercial yeast. The most important ingredient in sourdough is time. Each loaf is handcrafted, and rests and rises over a minimum of 16-24-hours. The long fermentation process results in a complexity of flavor and texture, and simply a better bread than mass-produced breads with chemical additives.’’, added Samer.
You really won’t be disappointed, especially if you live in Maadi as delivery to the area is prompt – just a few looks at the reviews on the Facebook page will probably be enough for you to pick up the phone and give them a call. Or better yet, if you’re not phone-friendly like the “online chat” specie of millennials today, you can just place an order on their website or Facebook page, where you will be pretty much instantly connected to one of their helpful staff.
They’re so confident in their products that they promise to give your money back if not entirely satisfied. Now those are some assured bakers, so rest assured they would probably even manage to bring a smile to the face of the easily-angered Gordon Ramsay.
If you live nowhere close to Maadi, you might be happy to hear that they’re planning to expand to Zamalek, 6th of October, and New Cairo in the near future.
Images from Ratios Bakery