Patricia Podorsek and Monica Tindall
The treasure box that is Kenny Hills Bakers in Bukit Tunku is overflowing with specialty jewels for the holiday season.
Unassumingly tucked into a shady neighborhood strip mall, this bakeshop specializes in artisanal ingredients and techniques. Using stone ground organic flours for all their bread varieties, the bakers create small-batch breads and pastries fresh each morning. They keep the menu small and the quality high. We love the result.
Ready to indulge in Christmas favorites, we began with a piece of classic British Christmas Cake, sultry and dense with golden and purple raisins steeped in brandy and spice. The moist cake comes modestly iced and decorated with holly for an added touch of festive spirit.
The festive fun continued with another British classic, mincemeat pies, creatively displayed with a star-shaped upper crust. The light buttery pastry enhances the spicy filling of currants and orange rind.
Crossing the continent, we moved on to Italy’s favourite holiday bread, Panettone. Freshly baked, the lighter-than-air flaky texture reminded me of brioche, not at all dry or crumbly like the packaged varieties. With currant jewels and a few almonds sprinkled throughout, this bread lights up the heart like twinklers on a tree.
Heading north on our seasonal escapade, we next sampled Stollen, the holiday staple from Germany. Nestled into the soft cinnamon bed lies a pillow of sweet marzipan, which nearly produced visions of sugarplums dancing in my head! Instead, I dreamed of coffee on Christmas morning, and this delicious, not overly sweet, accompaniment on the side. In many of their recipes, Kenny Hills Bakers reduce the sugar to allow the flavors of the flour, the fruit, and the spices to shine through over the sweetness.
Lunchtime-goers will continue to enjoy sandwiches and savory pie standards at KHB. Today’s features included a Fisherman’s Pie where chunks of salmon, lemon sole, and grouper came wrapped in tissue of thick briny broth and a box of buttery crust. No bow required.
Speaking of gifts, KHB is happy to compile baskets full of gingerbread men and cookie-trees that would make an excellent hostess gift for holiday parties. And few Christmas goodies are more cheerful than a gingerbread house. The ones here come iced with snow and topped by Santa himself!
The cozy space of KHB is a lovely place to enjoy any of these Christmas delights with a smooth choice of java and a friend, but would be equally wonderful carried away for Christmas morning. Kenny Hills Bakers is open daily from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, but will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Act fast, these gems will disappear like Santa up the chimney in less than a week!
Learn more about Kenny Hills Bakers in this post from June.
Reasons to visit: All your favorite holiday breads and pastries just in time for the season!
Kenny Hills Bakers
I-1B, Taman Tunku, Off Langgak Tunku,
+6 03 6206 4111
Why am I still here in England?
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in KL! 😉
I reckon we need more seafood too,
gotta do it the Aussie way!
Lovely Christmas cake, love the festive icing. And that pie is absolutely gorgeous – sure looks a whole lot nicer than the one I have in my blogpost today.
The presentations are lovely, and the Fisherman’s Pie looks like something I would love to try! 🙂
Monica and Co
That fish pie looks very ‘Moreish” – maybe a bit too hot for
a Christmas BBQ entree here. I think excellent for a winter
Where pray tell is El Caning Cordobes, I trust not water-skiing
near the Spratley Islands??? I think stick to speed trials over
the Malacca Straits – far safer.
Except for Victoria – we should all have a pleasant weather wise day
for Christmas. The temperatures in Victoria and with the bush fire
alerts and fires ( controlled at present) are rather forboding for the
poor buggers – over the 40 Celsius mark !!!!!
El Colin Cordobes
Keeping the menu small and the quality high….I like the sound of that! 🙂
Feel like biting into that Christmas cake now 🙂 and the new website looks great. Keep it up.
The fruit cake, I bet that tastes delicious.
Wouldn’t mind the pie though.
Everything seems to be just perfect for this christmas season!
Hello, wow everything looks just delicious. I would love to try the fishermans pie. The sweets are so tempting, YUM! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I wish you all the best in the New Year.
It will be good to try a slice of the Christmas cake and take a bite of the Fisherman’s Pie. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year to you and love ones!
Aw! Love the Christmassy treats! Happy holidays, sweetie! xoxo