A taste of nostalgia...
When I received a box of pastries and delicacies from Panaderia Pantojo, my mind immediately took a walk down memory lane as it relived some of my childhood memories, back to the time when we had our own little bakery. I see sporadic branches of this bakeshop all over the metro, but admittedly haven't given it a second thought. These days, BreadTalk, Tous Les Jours, and the more high-end foreign brands like Paul and Eric Kayser pretty much are the usual go-to places for those hankering for some yeast or sweet dough breads, and cupcakeries sprouting like mushrooms satisfy those with a bad case of cake cravings. Opening the box though, unleashed a wave of nostalgia and the feeling of comfort some good, old fashion food brings.
Panaderia Pantojo is a family-owned business that started more than 60 years ago. It has then grown into a large corporation with different branches and franchises in Manila and Batangas. Theirs is really your neighborhood bakery, the one you went to as a child, hankering for a piece of pan de coco or monay.
An assortment of biscuits greeted me as I unearthed every product from the box -- Biscocho, a toasted bread topped with butter and sugar; Paborita, a round and toasted cracker with flaky layers inside; and Jacobina, thin and crisp crackers that I imagine would be great with some savory spreads.
There was a large Ensaymada oozing with buttercream redolent of that hometown bakery taste, almost like margarine in the familiar greasy way it feels. A generous amount of grated cheese is sprinkled on top, and finished off with five slices of salted egg. This soft and chewy number is a classic.
The Yema Cake is one of their new products. Layers of pillowy soft chiffon cake are covered in custard cream that's not at all cloying. It's also topped with a copious amount of grated cheese. This cake is very light, and goes well with a mug of hot chocolate to while away the afternoon.
They have a lot more products like Pan de Red and Pan de Ube, Hopia Baboy, Inipit, Brownies, Chocolate Crinkles, and even gourmet breads. So next time you pass by a branch on your way home, it's worth your time to stop, step back into your childhood, and grab a piece or two of that spanish bread.
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