On a chilly winter morning, there’s nothing better than a warm drink paired with a few of Moji Bakery’s pandebono. Soft and cheesy, these round, bite-sized breads turn magically chewy when heated up. Pandebono is a traditional, gluten-free Colombian bread primarily made of cassava flour (which lends its signature texture), cornmeal and cheese. Moji Bakery specializes in both regular cheese pandebono and pandebono filled with guava jam.
Founded in 2017 by Martha Perdomo, Moji Bakery was created to bring this popular Colombian staple to Calgarians. Alongside her daughter, Angelica, Martha spent nearly a decade perfecting her pandebono using local ingredients. This was no easy feat as traditional Colombian cheese is the star of pandebono, and it is not only difficult to source, but even harder to replicate. Through trial and error, Martha found an ideal mix of cheeses to make her pandebono as authentic as possible.
Each pandebono is handmade, and thanks to the deliciously addictive nature of these buns, Moji Bakery has cultivated a loyal following at farmers’ markets in the Calgary area. Angelica says that while running Moji Bakery is a lot of hard work, the farmers’ market community and regular customers make it all worthwhile. In the future, the duo hopes to sell pandebono at more Calgary locations. In the meantime, we won’t judge if you eat a whole bag of six pandebono in one sitting!
Moji Bakery | Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market and Millarville Christmas Market (Nov. 4-7, 2021) | 1320 5th Ave. N.W. and 306097 192nd St., Millarville |
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