Starting the year with a bang, Mr Holmes Bakehouse , the original cruffin makers from San Francisco, California, is set for another pastry revolution since their highly-anticipated debut last July. After a successful year of delighting fans with playful bakes, the folks are charging ahead with a menu overhaul across all pastry forms, promising inventive flavours both sweet and savoury.
Fans can now sink their teeth into a fully revamped menu which include Mr Holmes Bakehouse’s first-ever savoury cruffin and brioche donut alongside three sweet variants. The new line-up also includes a twice-baked croissant , danishes , buns , cookies , muffins and sandwiches .
Also available is a Monthly Box of Six that come packed with seasonal must-haves that are especially great as an introduction to the brand or as a treat to make someone’s day. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse’s new menu is available for purchase in-store and online at www.mrholmesbakehouse.sg/shop/.
Spearheaded by the skilled hands of one of the pastry chefs from its original San Francisco store and armed with a proprietary recipe which includes a unique blend of flour and premium French butter in precise ratios, each cruffin is fervently hand-rolled via traditional viennoiserie techniques that require months of extensive training for a full grasp. While most cruffins are typically shorter and denser due to its reliance on muffin trays, the cruffins by Mr Holmes Bakehouse are significantly taller with an irresistible buttery prominence that is at once light and flaky when baked.
New from now till end March 2022 are a trio of cruffins inspired by Singaporean’s penchant for decadence which include a German Chocolate ($6.50) amped up with a hint of coffee folded with shredded coconut and pecan pieces, lush Irish Cream ($6.50) brightened with a touch of orange zest and crunch of cacao nibs and January’s weekend exclusive PBJ by PBD ($9.50) created in collaboration with Park Bench Deli – a neighbourhood deli best known for championing American cuisine through soulful, signature sandwiches – that revisits the American classic with a tart strawberry rhubarb and nutty almond butter twist, topped with whole candied almonds.
In a bid to flaunt the team’s creative flair and taste for experimentation, the new menu welcomes Mr. Holmes’ Bakehouse’s FIRST savoury cruffin. Stamped as a new mainstay, Sundried Tomato & Bacon Jam ($7.50) deviates from the usual programming – bits of gruyere are incorporated into the dough to create crispy cheese skirts when baked. Each cruffin comes with a sundried tomato and chive cream cheese centre with bacon jam, finished with a drizzled of balsamic glaze an undeniable piquancy with every mouthful.
Literal flavour bombs come as loaded brioche donuts in three playful iterations (all at $5.80); Speculoos is stuffed with a light caramel-spiced cream folded with bits of Biscoff, while Milk Chocolate Earl Grey is filled with a luscious earl grey tea infused pastry cream. To balance the flavour profile of the month, weekend-exclusive Mango Chilli Lime accentuates tangy mango lime curd with specks of chilli powder for a unique tropical punch.
Another savoury favourite, Everything Donut ($5.80) is just as promising as named. Piped with chive and caper cream cheese, each brioche is glazed with spicy Sriracha honey and a coat of house-made Everything seasoning for an all-round toothsome ball.
CROISSANTS, SMALL BAKES & SANDWICHES
The exciting menu overhaul also welcomes a seasonal twice-baked croissant and an entirely refreshed selection of small bakes and hearty sandwiches.
Twice-baked to proffer a crispier dough, the Pistachio Mixed Berry Croissant($6.50) is first brushed with rum syrup, then filled with nutty pistachio frangipane and tangy mixed berry jam.
Other standouts include Bacon Mac & Cheese Danish is a flaky laminated pastry centred with a red cheddar bechamel topped with bacon-studded Mac & Cheese, sprinkled with more red cheddar, finished herbed croissant breadcrumbs and fresh chives, alongside a comforting French Onion Danish and flavoursome Peach Earl Grey Danish (all at $7).
The new line-up also offers smaller bakes like Spinach Artichoke Slice ($6.50) made from croissant dough marbled with spinach, artichoke hearts and gruyere, Bourbon Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun , Garlic Gorilla Bun (both at $5.80), Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffin ($5), Banana Muffin ($4.50), and Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cookie ($4).
Those seeking heartier options at Mr Holmes Bakehouse Singapore can choose from a concise selection of new hearty sandwiches. Simplicity is bliss in a Tuna Sandwich ($13) of toasted homemade rye sourdough, slathered with a light and classic tuna salad that tosses chopped kale, pickles and onion in mayonnaise with a touch of lime and mustard
Fans of Park Bench Deli’s Pastrami Sandwich will love January’s collaboration-exclusive PBD Pastrami Croissant ($16) wedged with smoky slices of meat, Swiss cheese and pickles with an invigorating sauerkraut slaw. Also not to be missed is a Short Rib Sandwich ($16) for a carnivorous alternative and Tomato Pesto Melt Sandwich ($13) of oozy fontina and mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pumpkin seed pesto.
MONTHLY BOX OF SIX
Eager fans can now get their hands on the Monthly Box of Six – essentially a collection of three cruffins and three donuts with a monthly switch of weekend exclusives.
For the month of January, the collection priced at $39.90 includes Park Bench Deli exclusive PBJ Cruffin, as well as German Chocolate Cruffin, Irish Cream Cruffin, Milk Chocolate Earl Grey Donut, Speculoos Donut and Mango Chili Lime Donut. The following months will be priced at $35 and will include the brand’s seasonal flavours. The perfect value-for-money treat to oneself or a gift to a friend.
Customers can pre-order the Monthly Box of Six before 12pm on weekdays for next day delivery, or purchase it in-store on weekends only.
Mr Holmes Bakehouse Singapore’s new menu is now available for dine-in or takeaway daily from 8am to 8pm at Pacific Plaza. Preorders and island-wide deliveries are available via https://mrholmesbakehouse.sg/. Customers can place orders before 12pm for next day delivery.