Dad, can we go for a long drive? My kids ask this question quite often. That ‘long drive’ is just an indication to visit Bread Fort, their favourite bakery to have some donuts and muffins, fresh out of the oven. And surprisingly, the ‘long drive’ is only about 10 kms long.
Located bang opposite the side entrance to the International Terminal of the Trivandrum airport is a small shop which you are most likely to miss unless you are looking for it. The frontage is less but once you enter the shop, it’s a baker’s paradise. But it’s not like the usual bakeries that dot the city roads.
I discovered Bread Fort through ‘Eat at Trivandrum’, a foodie group on Facebook. It was the initial days of the group and I decided to check out this place after reading some excellent reviews about the savouries there – bread, bun, puffs, muffins, doughnuts, cookies and brownies.
It was in 2008 that I had some authentic muffins and doughnuts during my trip to the UK and ever since I used to be on the lookout for some good muffins and donuts in Trivandrum but most of the time, it was disappointing. But from my first visit to Bread Fort sometime last year, the doughnuts were just like the ones I have had in England and the muffins were also quite close. And ever since, I have been a regular customer and would go for the ‘long drive’ once in a while. They were light on the pocket too.
Bread Fort is the dream project of Pastry Chef Prasobhithan S or Prasob Chettan, as he is more popularly known among the foodies in Trivandrum. With more than 20 years of experience baking for leading names like ITDC Hotel Ashoka (now, The Leela Raviz, Kovalam.), Muthoot Plaza (now, Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum), Muthoot Sky Chef and flight caters for Kuwait Airways, to name a few; he started Bread Fort about three years back. His motto was very simple – ‘Quality products at affordable prices’.
The first year was a period of intense struggle. Prasob often wondered if starting on his own was the right decision. To meet his ends he started supplying his soft and fluffy yet firm burger buns to a few leading burger chains in the capital city and slowly they were in big demand. Most of the customers came through referrals and word-of-mouth publicity. The business has picked up in the last one year or so, and now, he takes only limited orders.
Today, there is a steady flow of customers to Bread Fort. The glass display shelves are mostly empty. The snacks get over as soon as they are kept. They are actually sold out like hotcakes. There is a big demand for muffins and doughnuts. The flavours of muffins change every day – chocolate, mango, raspberry, pineapple, blueberry and so on. The doughnuts come in two versions – regular chocolate topping or white chocolate. (My favourite is white). The wheat bun and bread is another speciality.
So the next time you have a craving for hot doughnuts or muffins, head to the Bread Fort. Make sure you meet Prasob Chettan and do convey my regards 🙂
Update: Bread Fort has moved to a new location near Bakery Junction, opposite SMV Sadanam from December 2017.