Brunei sees surge in home bakers

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The recent coronavirus outbreak in the country resulted in a surge of home bakers who spend more time at home than usual due to the stay-at-home orders from the authorities.

Now that Muslims are celebrating the festive month of Syawal, it is a season when families purchase and bake cakes and cookies. Since last week, there has been an increased demand for baking ingredients among online bakers and baking enthusiasts to complete Raya cakes and customers’ orders.

Zafirah binti Julaihi said she is making use of her extra time brushing up her baking skills.

“I’m not much of a baker. Whenever I crave something, I would usually buy from online sellers. Now I can make my own egg tarts, cheesecakes, butter cakes and even bread. At first, it was a challenge, but now I’m getting the hang of it. It’s cheaper and it feels more hygienic,” she said.

She said she is not the only one spending more time in the kitchen. According to her, there seems to be a baking craze among social media users.

“My Instagram feed is filled with people posting their home baked goods and it’s fun to see,” she added.

Fifteen-year-old Ameerah Al-Jannah binti Harris, who started selling her home baked goods recently, said when she started baking, she realised it was easy with free tutorials available online.

“When I started selling, it was just for fun. I didn’t realise there was a demand for it. My mom often inspects whenever I bake to ensure that it comes out perfect,” she said.

She realised that some ingredients are scarce these days but glad that grocery shops are efficient and working hard to restock them.