Iris is a family-run bakery that brings a slice of Copenhagen’s bread and pastry culture to Brunswick. It’s run by Tom Edwards (Brae, All Are Welcome, Tuerong Farm) and Betty Milner – and named after their daughter.

Edwards bakes with Tuerong Farm’s Garland 1109, a wholegrain flour known for its nutritional value, flavour and ease of digestion. The staple here is the flavoursome table loaf – which has great crumb, a thick and chewy caramelised crust on the outside and soft inside. It’s also enormous.

As well as Jurassic-sized loaves, some favourites also include vegetable pasties, sticky-sweet cardamom buns, the Danish morning roll rundstykker; and a warm-from-the-oven sourdough boule with whipped butter and tilsit – salty semi-hard cow’s cheese.

Coffee is by Tim Varney at Stella, and Edwards is baking throughout the day, so you can come and grab a loaf for home, have a coffee and a cardamom bun warm from the oven and sit inside or out in the courtyard.

Edwards brings more than 12 years’ experience as a chef, having worked in kitchens under Dan Hunter at Brae and Teage Ezard before taking the reins as head chef at The Summertown Aristologist in the Adelaide Hills. He and Milner lived in Copenhagen for a three-year stint, where Edwards worked at acclaimed Restaurant Relae, before moving across to the group’s bakery Mirabelle and discovering his passion for bread and baking, which is on full (and delicious) display at Iris.

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Updated: December 5th, 2023

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