I admit this whole organic food craze has come to the point where I am made to almost feel guilty because I like my coffee with regular, not soy milk and honestly, I am not always sure if the chocolate drizzle on my cookies is fair trade. But, if I feel like I deserve a special treat I go to the organic bakery “Eichel”. As the first organic bakery in Northern Germany it opened in 2005 and has been successful ever since. This is partly because the Hamburg natives like to be healthy- they like the outdoors, they’re athletic- but they also like good food.
Now I am one of those people who immediately associates “healthy” with “bad-tasting” and I used to think the attempt of baking a proper cake with whole wheat flour was, let’s say, quite ludicrous, to say the least! But then I was forced to change my mind as the cakes and pastries from “Eichel”, all organic, partly vegan, gluten free, or made with buckwheat or rye flour, are absolutely delicious.
I usually buy my cake for takeaway. The slices are massive and come in a cute cardboard box with handles on it, wrapped by the competent, friendly staff that are happy to tell you all about the individual cakes in English. Their raspberry cake is amazing because you can, as cheesy as it sounds, taste the freshness. The ingredients they use are all organic and come from regional production. Money spent worthwhile, on cake anyway.