In 2010, Germans Kerstin Marks and Judith Lamb began their baking enterprise under the name of 'Störtebäcker', which translates (they insist) to 'disturbingly delicious rogue baking'. Starting with a sourdough loaf raised in Corstorphine, the bakery now extends to include many other loaves, rolls, cakes, tortes, pastries, conserves and chutneys, many of which are steeped in German tradition. Kartoffelbrot using potatoes in its recipe and the Winschgauer Brot (containing Blackforest ham) and Winschgauer, with bread spices and roasted onions, are just two of their German breads. Desserts and sweet snacks include Schneckennudeln: cinnamon iced buns, and Baumkuchen Torte: a spiced German layer cake glazed in apricot that resembles the inside of a tree trunk when cut. Many of the loaves and cakes are also gluten free and always included in market bakes - Störtebäcker attends Edinburgh's weekly markets in Portobello, Stockbridge, Juniper Green and Morningside. Their main bake day is Friday, but pre-orders are taken on any day.
Störtebäcker is truly the smallest shop imaginable, based in The Wee Shop, which has been on Corstorphine High Street since 1914. Blink and you'd miss it, which would be a real shame. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in flavour. Judith and Kirstin sell a mouthwatering range of their favourite German baking, made in their home nearby. Try an almond croissant or a fruit crumble pastry, caramel shortbread or a huge cheese pretzel. Be prepared to queue on the pavement outside as there's only room for one customer in the shop at a time (yes, it's that small) – and make sure you go early to avoid disappointment as everything sells fast, even on a wet Saturday morning.
- High point: Caramel shortbread
- Low point: Waiting and watching things sell out