Paul Hollywood, presenter of beloved series The Great British Bake Off, was in Cape Town filming an episode for the second season of Paul Hollywood City Bakes recently. The show sees him visit different cities to sample their signature bakes, meets local bakers and put a personal spin on a local recipe. Chana Boucher caught up with the celebrity baker to find out what he made of South Africa’s baking scene and which bakeries he loved.
1. Jason Bakery
Jason Bakery is a very, very cool place. I love Jason Lilley’s style. He’s doing this thing called the doughssant, which I found fascinating. I didn’t really expect to see it in Cape Town.
I was in San Francisco recently, and they did a similar thing called a cruffin. There were queues out the door, people getting pictures taken with the neon sign in San Francisco; it’s clever marketing. I was curious about how these guys got this idea. They said they’d invented this cruffin. I asked: “What is it then, a croissant and a muffin?” They said no, it’s a croissant baked in a muffin tin. I felt a bit let down, then I asked: “Have you heard of a country called France? It’s called a kouign-amann. What you’ve made there is a kouign-amann, it’s been around for hundreds and hundreds of years!” But Jason’s was different. He was filling it with cream and did a Valentine’s special with Veuve Clicquot champagne. You could actually taste the champagne; it wasn’t burnt off. It was a great idea.