The Wee Boulangerie, Edinburgh

Katia Lebart, Wee Boulangerie Edinburgh. Photo Brendan MacNeill

We arrive at noon. The Wee Boulangerie has a long queue of people eager to buy their bread for the weekend, queuing out of the door. One chap Phil, is waxing lyrical. “I love this bread, the crust is so impossibly crusty. I buy this each week”. He is clutching a Pain de Campagne, a country bread.

A customer asks for a quarter from the large, very slow matured and baked loaf. “It lasts so well, due to the way it is made”. Katia owner and master baker, cuts a slice of a long multiseed loaf and suggests we try it. The taste is subtle, tasty. “This is a great loaf, but my favourite is the Country Bread. My family eat a lot of it. I love the pure and simple recipes”.

There’s a huge sense of passion, of love for bread in the air.

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Checking the dough temperature
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Located in a residential area, the bakery can only start baking from 6 am. No proving cabinets are used, so the dough just matures slowly and takes its time. Consequently, baguettes are baked later in the day and are  ready just in time for lunch together with the sour doughs and white breads. Country breads are ready earlier around 9:30 am.

Edinburgh has some fantastic bakeries. Have you checked out our list of Artisan Bakeries?

It’s a lovely light space, you can just see into the bakery behind the counter which is groaning with bread of all shapes and sizes. Here things are done properly, bread is wrapped in paper, macarons are placed in boxes and tied with decorative string, just as you would find in France. There’s respect for the ingredients.

On the counter itself, today there’s a foccacia stuffed with vegetables, brioche buns, fougasses (a stuffed bread from Provence) and to the right there are four flavours of macarons beautifully displayed. Katia also makes the most amazing nougat. “The very best you can find in Edinburgh,  in Scotland “.  You might also find almond croissants, savoury twists and biscuits. “It depends how creative the baker is feeling”, quips Katia smiling. If you’re lucky you can sit at one of the two tables and enjoy a coffee with your bread. Soup from Union of Genius is also served.

Katia Lebart ow,nee Boulangerie has not always been a baker.  She followed her passion and swapping signal processing for creation of wonderful artisan loaves (wise move). She trained at the renowned bakery school in Aurillac, France before gaining experience in France and here in Edinburgh at Peter’s Yard. She recently represented Edinburgh in ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery programme together with Bakery Andante and Garvald Bakery. Sixty bakeries from across the United Kingdom that participated.

The Wee Boulangerie

The bakery  is open 7 days: 9am-6pm Mondays – Saturdays; 9.30am – 3pm Sundays

The Wee Boulangerie
67 Clerk St.
Edinburgh EH8 9JG
+44 131 629 3134
e-mail: info@theweeboulangerie.co.uk
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Photographs in this post are copyright Brendan MacNeill

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About Bread Baker Danielle

Danielle founded Edinburgh Foody in 2010. Having qualified as a professional bread baker in France in 2014, she is now on a new adventure in Gloucestershire. Check out severnbites.com Look out for occasional posts for Edinburgh Foody

6 Comments

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  2. Thanks on both accounts. I shall pop in your link tomorrow. Thanks so much. I hope it brings you a few extra hits.

  3. PS Would you mind if I put a link to you on my Eating In Edinburgh Page? Although I blog healthy recipes I also have a permanent page listing a few restaurants I like. I shall expand it as I find time but I thought as you are the expert it would make sense to send people to you for more ideas. Here’s the page link: http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/eating-in-edinburgh/

  4. Gosh, I was just on that side of town yesterday! Wish I had seen this earlier 😉 It is always lovely to find proper bread so I must make another foray onto the south side soon!

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