A Cardiff businesswoman has fulfilled her dream of opening up an authentic Danish bakery and equipped it with some of the latest equipment from British manufacturer Mono.
Betina Skovbro, who moved to Wales from Denmark in 1998, has set up a venture called ‘Brød’ – meaning Bread in Danish – after transforming a unit that was previously a wine merchants.
Skovbro has brought Simon Stokholm, a highly acclaimed lead baker from Denmark, to create mouth-watering breads and pastries using traditional methods and recipes from their home country. He is baking the products on a range of kit from Mono.
“Initially I didn’t think I was able to afford brand new equipment as my budget was so small but I didn’t want to waste money buying second hand and having this equipment fail after only a few weeks, as this would have been false economy,” explains Skovbro. “I contacted Mono Equipment and after visiting their factory in Swansea I was able to better understand the equipment I was going to be buying and realised how cost effective it was to buy new.”
Skovbro said the service support and offer of a two-year extended warranty also played a part in her decision to specify the kit.
The Artisan Bread System is specially designed for the most compact of kitchens. It comprises a 4-tray convection oven and a 2-deck Harmony Deck Oven.
Skovbro’s vision is to create a typical Danish bakery offering a wide range of traditional products such as Spaundauer and Copenhagener, while also showing people what real Danish baking is. The shop has a very rustic look and feel to it thanks to the use of light wood and white tiles. She even imported her grandmother’s old dining chairs from Denmark.
“It is very much a takeaway culture in Denmark whereby you would pick up pastries on your way home or if you were going to a friend’s house but people here like to meet in a nice place to get together therefore Brød is embracing these two cultures,” she said.