The Circuit Breaker period was one when many baking enthusiasts started home-baking businesses, and some turned their dreams into physical shops and cafes.
One of them is Bread & Butter by XY, newly opened at Robinson Road Oxley Tower near Tanjong Pagar.
So who is XY?
XY is Xin Ying, a petite 25-year-old who started baking to satisfy her boyfriend’s sweet tooth.
She actually did not study anything related to F&B, and everything is done through numerous trial-and-error.
In this primary pink bakery café, there are a couple of seats, and did have a homely feel.
All the bakes they offer are inspired by Xin Ying’s loved ones – Yuzu Loaf (from $4) from her mum, Cinnamon Sticky Buns ($3.80) from her boyfriend, and Honey Butter Biscuits ($2.50) from her brothers.
You can tell that the boyfriend plays an important role in this cafe – his favourite Cinnamon Roll has inspired the logo itself.
Also you would find this quote printed on the wall “we love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all, we love each other. Awwwwwww.
Bakes on sale include Truffle & Cheese Bread Rolls ($5.50), Yuzu Lemon Butter Loaf (from $4), Black Cocoa Brownies (from $4), Japanese Black Sesame Loaf with Kinako Crumble (from $4), Gula Melaka Loaf with Salted Candied Walnuts (from $4), Lemon Pistachio Loaf (from $4), Ying & Yang Cookies ($2.50) and Matcha Financier ($2.50).
The recommended (yes, of course) is the Cinnamon Sticky Bun ($3.80) which is rolled in the mornings by Xin Ying herself, sliced and baked in a gooey caramel glaze.
The appealing part was the sticky caramel, but I think there could be slightly more of the cinnamon fragrance.
The Honey Butter Biscuit ($2.50) was not bad – fluffy, buttery with light honey, and a tinge of saltiness which made this different from the usual.
There are assorted flavours of the best-selling Black Cocoa Brownies ($4 onwards), including Smoked Salt & Dark Chocolate, Homemade Speculoos and Matcha Milk Spread; with some rotational types such as Nutella, Valrhona Jivara 40% and Ovomaltine.
The Original Salted was the recommended go-to flavour – slightly molten on the inside, tasty and made more special due to the Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.
I reckon they could lower the salt weeny-teeny bit just to get the balance a little better.
Interesting to note that they roast their own coffee beans which are direct from Colombia which is double fermentation anaerobic processed, and has notes of caramel and tropical fruits.
Bread & Butter by XY
138 Robinson Road, #01-04 Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Opening Hours: 6am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), 7am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun