Fergus Jackson’s Top 5 Baked Things in London

London’s baking scene has a lot more to offer than cronuts and doughnuts. Fergus Jackson, baker and owner of Brick House, picks his top 5 favourite baked things in London right now.

Banana Bread at Browns of Brockley. Fergus says, ‘If you think banana bread has had its day, think again. Like everything at Ross Brown’s eponymous café, it’s all in the details. Here, their excellent banana loaf is served thickly sliced, nicely caramelised on a Panini press, with a side of butter. Its light sponge is not too sweet and packs bunches of banana and vanilla flavour. Spread with melting butter, I can think of nothing I’d prefer more to accompany a mid-morning cappuccino.’

Browns of Brockley, 5 Coulgate St, SE4 2RW

Baguette at Little Bread Pedlar. Fergus says, ‘A really good baguette is a bit of a rarity these days, but when it’s done right it’s a thing of beauty. LBP’s baguette is such a thing. Using a mix of regular yeast and sourdough, you can taste the slow fermentation in the lacy crumb, ever so slightly sweet and creamy. Surrounded by a nice crisp crust, it’s made for good butter. The fact that 40 Maltby Street has it as their table bread should be recommendation enough.’

Little Bread Pedlar, Unit 4–6, Spa Business Park, Dockely Road, SE16 3FJ

Napoli Salami Pizza at Theo’s Pizzeria. Fergus says, ‘I’m a bit of fan-boy of Theo’s in Camberwell. I’d go so far as to say I’d like to be cremated in their pizza oven when my time comes. I always order the same thing: the Napoli, which I douse generously with their house made chilli sauce. The toppings are great, but the sourdough base is the thing. It arrives blackened and blistered in places, chewy, but never hard work, and like the Bread Pedlar baguette you get the depth of flavour from fermentation. For my money, it’s the best pizza in London.’

Theo’s Pizzeria, 2 Grove Lane, SE5 8SY

Kouign Amann at Yeast Bakery. Fergus says, ‘Hard to pronounce, and hard to resist, Yeast’s kouign amann are the best I’ve tasted in London. You can see the craft and precision that’s gone into the dough by the flaky layers fossilised in caramelised sugar that cracks satisfyingly like the top of a crème brûlée when you bite into it. And when you do, you get hit by waves of buttery caramel goodness. They are only available to buy from their arch on Saturdays — well worth planning a weekend trip to Hackney around.’

Yeast Bakery, Arch 356, Westgate Street, E8 3RL

Jacob The Angel

Coffee & Walnut Cake at Jacob The Angel. Fergus says, ‘The coconut cream pie at this new café from the guys behind Palomar & Barbary has been attracting a lot of heat, but for me it’s their coffee and walnut cake that takes the biscuit. Firstly, it looks beautiful. Standing proud, with a glossy quenelle of coffee cream on top like a rockabilly’s quiff. The sponge is a class act and has great walnut flavour, enhanced by the candied nuts on top, and that generous dollop cream gives a luxurious coffee hit. It’s not a reinvention of the wheel, but a refined slant on a classic, and is all the better for it.’

Jacob The Angel, 16a Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP