Local Producers is a new series of posts on my blog, showcasing East London producers. I want to take a look behind the scenes and find out more about our local producers, and why they are doing what they do so well.
I came across Rise Bakery while munching my way through all of the cakes at Second Shot Coffee; a great specialty coffee shop that happens to be a social enterprise. Delicious cake but I hadn’t heard of the bakery, very unlike me. I do some digging and discover Rise Bakery is based in Providence row a charity centre tackling homelessness in East London.
I cycle down to the gnarly end of Brick Lane and head into Providence Row, meeting some of the team on the roof top garden. Albeit beautiful this is where many of their ingredients are grown.
Providence Row have been operational for 150years, it’s chefs and kitchen are an integral part. They not only provide food for homeless people but give them the opportunity to come into the kitchen, follow a recipe, cook and start to establish a daily routine. Providence row have been making cakes and sweet treats for local businesses for many years now.
So with years of baking experience behind them, Rise Bakery was born in 2013. Primarily a new revenue stream for Providence Row so they can continue all of their fantastic work. Rise Bakery brownies can be purchased online and are delivered beautifully packaged in a letter box friendly box. Flavour options: Double Chocolate, White chocolate and Raspberry (which just won a Great Taste Award!) or Beetroot Chocolate my favourite, pictured below
A rich dark chocolatey brownie, as moist and gooey as you can imagine with a lovely crunch of sunflower seeds on top, an absolutely perfect afternoon (or as soon as the post arrives) treat.
You can find many of their bakes in various East London coffee shops such as, Second Shot Coffee and Paper and Cup.
Which ever route you take, eat these treats and feel good about yourself, you are helping a local community enterprise continue.