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A Scandi Bakery in Uist
A box of pastries
Hailing from the west coast of Sweden, Emma Axelsson first visited Uist in 2014, today she lives and works in South Uist with her partner, Liam. “I came to Uist for the first time six years ago, and one of my first impressions was the sense of community and culture – especially since I’d grown up in a city where anonymity is abundant.”

A keen knitter, Emma can often be found in the South Uist hills and walking and exploring the island. To the delight of the local community she has also brought her baking talents to the island, setting up the Scandinavian Bakery, a small artisan bakery based in South Uist. She makes baked goods inspired by traditions and flavours from her childhood in Sweden, all made to order.

The Scandinavian Bakery, which has now been operational for two years, has various breads and many cakes and bakes to be enjoyed. “I was missing some of the Scandinavian coffee culture. Cinnamon buns and cake and the like which I hadn’t really found here.” Tha bèiceireachd Emma air còrdadh gu mòr ri muinntir an àite agus gheibhear mòran de nithean Suaineach air an làrach-lìnn aice. Bidh Emma a’ fuine mar a thig iarraigh oirre bho coimhearsnachd Uibhist is mar sin tha an stuth aice organic agus air a dhèanamh mar a thig òrdachadh.

Mar a channadh an seanfhacal, ‘An rud a tha ’s a chat, bidh e ’s a phiseag’ agus mar sin chan eil e na iongnadh mòr sam bith gu bheil Emma na bèiceir an diugh. “Both my parents were bakers in Sweden. They’re not anymore but obviously it’s in my blood on both sides.” “I sell to the local community, I’ve been asked to ship things out before, but I say I sell to the community of Uist exclusively, as well as to some tourists.”

Although Emma has plans in the upcoming year to expand her bakery business to a premises in South Uist to sell her delicious treats from, she currently creates her culinary delights in her own kitchen, at home. Her products are made to order and she uses organic ingredients where possible, with biodegradable packaging.

A cake with strawberries on top

“The reviews so far have been positive, I’ve not had any complaints. People like that it’s something different. I often get people who have been to Sweden or Norway say that it’s something that they really missed here in Scotland and they really enjoyed it.”

To order some of Emmas Sourdough breads, Cinnamon buns and wreaths, or any other Swedish specialities look online at her website here. Tha mi cìnnteach gun còrd cèicean Suaineach Emma ribh nuair a gheibh sibh an teansa feadhainn fhaighinn.

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