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A tiny Brazilian bakery is opening on a backstreet in Ancoats

The Flat Baker will bring something a little bit different to the neigbourhood with its tropical bakes.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 27th June 2022

A tiny bakery is opening a new shop on an Ancoats backstreet selling specialist treats and classic pastries with a Brazilian-inspired twist.

Serving out of a small hatch on Radium Street, The Flat Baker’s new shop will move into the same building as takeaway slab shack favourite Lazy Tony’s Lasagneria at the start of next month.

Opening on Saturdays only, here pastry and bread lovers will find a multitude of croissants and cruffins, pastel de natas, cinnamon swirls and faviours breads, including focaccia, cornbread, Pão de Queijo (cheese bread) and boozy brioche.

Image: The Flat Baker

Elsewhere, there’ll be more specialist Brazilian treats for sale too, like carrot cake topped and filled with creamy chocolate truffle (brigadeiro), guava polenta cake, tonka bean brownies, and passion fruit and lime meringue tarts.

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The new shop opens in the same neighbourhood where it all began for the self-taught baking duo, who started churning out their Brazilian goodies from their Ancoats flat during lockdown two years prior.

A family business, self-taught baker Matt and his partner Deb have previously collaborated with former Masterchef contestant Caroline Martins, creating calabresa sausage brioche balls for her Brazilian fine dining experience the Sao Paulo Project, and took over the cafe at Deansgate Square’s General Store last year.

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Brioche from The Flat Baker. / Image: The Flat Baker
A selection of different breads. / Image: The Flat Baker

The Flat Baker collaborated with Caroline Martins to create these giant brioche balls for her dish of bread-wrapped baked Tunworth cheese, guava paste, mixed nuts, rosemary and thyme. / Image: The Flat Baker

The pair have built up a number of wholesale clients across Manchester, getting their name out there by taking part in a number of the city’s different artisan foodie markets.

They are also the organisers behind Manchester’s new Brazilian Festa Junina Festival, designed to bring together Brazilian chefs, bakers and others in a celebration of their country’s culture and cuisine.

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Having spent the past few weeks wrestling their Instagram account back from hackers, the couple is now gearing up to open their new baking studio on Saturday 2 July.

To keep up with their progress ahead of the opening, give The Flat Baker a follow here.

Feature image – The Flat Baker