They have cinnamon buns in Zeit für Brot. Cinnamon buns make me think of Louie CK. Louie CK always makes me laugh (and who doesn’t need a laugh with so much winter ahead of them?). He is like a mild-mannered, unkempt accountant type except when he opens his mouth the most incredible amount of expletives and shocking ideas emerge. To which he shrugs his shoulders and grins sheepishly, like he just unexpectedly passed a bit of wind and it’s never happened before…
Cinnamon buns are the antithesis to all those dinkelbrots and bauernbrots I consume. Like the hussy men take up with immediately after leaving their reliable, supportive but oh so boring mother of their children. Heston Blumenthal illustrated this phenomenon perfectly when he left his wife Zanna for Suzanne (Please, please watch the video promotion to her book The Pleasure Is All Mine, you will keel over laughing if you are a woman or think the recipes look really good if you are my husband.).
I see the cinnamon buns and I think: “This is what I need, yeast, sugar, pillowiness – badness.” Then half way through I feel a bit bloated, a bit blah. I’ve peaked quickly and now it’s still a grey winter afternoon except I’ve got half a cinnamon roll lodged in my gut.
So the cinnamon rolls – not so much for me. But the laugencroissants, mmmm… Brushed with so much lye that it makes me think I’ve sucked on a battery (in a good way, if there can be such a thing). I’ve had perfect laugencroissants at Zeit für brot and I’ve had ones that are overly greasy.
After having an excellent flat white at Westberlin last week, I was beginning to think that you just can’t get a cup of bad coffee in Berlin. But hooray! You still can so at Zeit für Brot, get the Americano.
I enjoy watching the bakers at work through the large glass window. The skinny guy who seems to be perpetually massaging large balls of dough is always good for a laugh. Look, it’s not just my brain that is seeing these things. I had breakfast there with Margue and she started giggling even before I had clocked him biting on his upper lip as he kneaded away. And I gather management must find it similarly amusing if they’ve taken the time to turn it into a postcard….
Zeit für Brot
Alte Schönhauser Straße 4