Ovenly Bytes is a local bakery that recently opened their doors in October 2020. Offering a variety of familiar favourites and special bakes ranging from chocolate chip cookies to nutella tarts and florentines, there is surely something for every palate and occasion. Their bakes are broadly categorised into four sections, namely Cookies, Tarts, Florentines and Brownies.
This was one of my favourites from Ovenly Bytes. I absolutely love the crunchy and crumbly texture of the chocolate chip cookie which quickly melts in your mouth as soon as you pop one in. It is worth noting that Ovenly Bytes used wheat flour instead of plain flour for this cookie. Wheat flour contains proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals that are in limited quantities in plain flour, making this cookie a healthier option for those who feel guilty snacking. The chocolate chip cookie comes in two flavours: original and nutty. I strongly recommend the nutty flavour as it contains almond and hazelnut bits in addition to the chocolate chips.
The Butterookie was another crowd favourite. Despite the unprepossessing look, the butter cookies are packed with a rich butter flavour that does not get jelat no matter how many cookies you take. The secret lies in the butter Ovenly Bytes use, which comes all the way from Australia. If you prefer a mixture of textures in addition to the melty butter cookies, Ovenly Bytes offers different toppings such as raisins, almond slices and dried cranberries.
Taking a leaf of inspiration from the original NYC red velvet cookies, Ovenly Bytes’ Red Velvet Cookies swapped out key ingredients such as buttermilk and vinegar and replaced them with tapioca flour and corn flour for a more localised taste yet at the same time still retaining the same crispy-velvety texture of the original cookie. Quite a smart move to suit those who would be put off by the tangy flavour of red velvet but still love receiving red cookies (think Chinese New Year and Valentines!). The red velvet cookies comes in two flavours: white chocolate chip and chocolate chip. While I liked the texture of the cookies which were crunchy initially and a little chewy towards the end, as well as the mixture of almond nibs and crushed walnuts, the chocolate chips were not apparent enough. I would have preferred for the chocolate chips (or chunks actually so you can get a good mouthfeel with every bite) to be incorporated into the batter rather than dotting them on top of the batter just before baking.
The textures of the Tartellas and Bisctarts were similar to the Butterookies, packed full of buttery flavour that fills your mouth as soon as you take a bite. The Tartellas are topped with Nutella and hazelnut bits or sea salt, while the Bisctarts are topped with Biscoff spread and Biscoff crumbs. The addition of toppings to the spread was a good move as they added a good contrast in texture. If you can’t make up your mind which one to get, Ovenly Bytes do sell a mixed tub where they combine both Tartellas and Bisctarts into one tub (same price of $15.80 for 30 pieces).
Last but not least, Ovenly Bytes offers Florintines in their line up of bakes! For the uninitiated, florentines are essentially a mixture of nuts and fruits bound together by butter and honey and subsequently baked in the oven. It’s a perfect snack for those who don’t want eggs or flour in their pastries. Ovenly Bytes’ florentines are well balanced without being too soggy, and shatters nicely upon biting. I liked that the caramel doesn’t stick to my teeth! They also do not scrimp on the ingredients, so every florentine biscuit you pick up is packed with super nuts. Ovenly Bytes offers a series of nut flavours: Original (sunflower seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds), Almond, Cashew, Pistachio. Honestly it was a tough choice but if I had to choose two flavours to go for, I would pick the cashew and pistachio ones.
View the full menu here. Ovenly Bytes also offers brownies and Ondeh Ondeh cake and they are always coming up with new products so definitely watch their space. All orders are baked upon order so you can ensure freshness is pretty much guaranteed when the bakes reach you. To order, you can WhatsApp them at +6596330305 or DM them on their Facebook or Instagram. Alternatively, if you can’t wait to get your hands on their bakes, Ovenly Bytes has a physical store at McPherson Mall which operates Mondays to Friday from 11am to 6pm so you can head down to the store as well.
401 MacPherson Road, MacPherson Mall, #03-05, Singapore 368125
Mondays to Fridays: 11am to 6pm
This post was done in collaboration with Ovenly Bytes but all opinions are mine.
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