This Buttery Bread's Got Decadent Swirls of Ube and Cheese

Eastern European tradition meets Filipino flavors!

PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

( Imagine a pillowy-soft bread with the distinctive aroma of butter and a dense yet ultra-tender crumb. Now picture swirls of nutty ube halaya and dots of salty, creamy cheese all over. You're not dreaming: such a bread exists, and it's called the Ube Cheese Babka (P400/loaf) by The Crumb Shop—a local purveyor that makes freshly baked bread with premium ingredients.

Here's another way to enjoy the ube-cheese pairing!
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

Babka is an Eastern European sweet bread that originally consisted of challah bread twisted with seeds, nutsjam, or cinnamon, but has evolved over the years to contain swirls of chocolate or other fillings. The Crumb Shop's Ube Cheese Babka takes that same babka format and gives it a Filipino twist—and it works, making for a not-too-sweet accompaniment to coffee that's a touch richer than ube-cheese pan de sal.

The Chocolate Babka's got perfectly bittersweet swirls of chocolate.
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo
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Aside from the Ube Cheese variant, the Crumb Shop makes Chocolate Babka (P400/loaf) and Matcha and Red Bean Babka (P400/loaf). All of their babkas are made with a brioche base using French butter, farm fresh eggs, whole milk, and honey for a distinctly buttery flavor and pull-apart texture.

Love Japanese desserts? Try the Matcha and Red Bean variant!
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

Try these breads out for yourself by filling out this order form. Slots are limited, and there's a cut-off day of Wednesday for orders. Pickup days are on Sundays and Mondays; you'll have to book your own courier to get it delivered from their outpost in Kapitolyo, Pasig. You can send your payments via BDO bank deposit.

For orders, fill out this order form. You can also check out The Crumb Shop on Facebook or Instagram.

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