Holy Canoli! I started writing this and realized this marks the 50th week of delivering bread to my fine community. It feels like a lot more and lot less at the same time. Thank you all for all your support.
Especially, Thanks for your support even when the bread isn’t that great (like last week). Sure it was edible, and I bet a lot of you liked it, but being my own harshest critic, it was clearly not up to my standard. Why? Well, the short answer is COLD. All of a sudden last Thursday and Friday the extreme cold that hit made the kitchen drop significantly in temperature (it was 50F when I got there on Friday morning!). Just like I had to when it got hot, this is a process, and I’m having to revisit all of my formulas and timings to adjust for the new coolness. I have some ideas for this week and hopefully it will be much better. (If you’re interested in more of the science about this, I’m happy to talk your ear off).
This week should be a good weekend, though, with some extra special bagels and if all works out, some very stellar bread.
You can pre-order bagels (and bread) online They’re also a bit cheaper if you order them ahead of time and it guaruntees you some bagels. Pickups start at 9:30 AM on Saturday.
This Week’s Loaf: Sesame Semolina + Oland + Upstate Levain + Kingston Country + Baguettes
Unfortunately, we had a lot of extra loaves last week as a lot of shareholders didnt show up. A reminder to please let me know if you’re not coming, and if you are and want me to save a specific loaf just send a note! Baguettes have also become extremely consistent and good (aka every week is a little bit better with them).
Sesame Semolina is one of our alltime favs. A blend of whole wheat, white and semolina flours, its beautiful yellow color and special aroma make the perfect bread for dipping in your favorite red sauce, with a slice of fresh cheese, or just a healthy dose of good olive oil.
Oland is a grain of Scandavian origin that is now being grown and milled in Maine by Maine Grains. We mix it into a hearty boule that is becoming one of our favorite loaves.
Upstate Levain is our classic loaf with 50% local whole wheat (some of it fresh milled). Great for sandwiches.
Kingston Country is our take on a pain de campaigne, a French sourdough loaf, with mostly organic white flour and a touch of fresh-milled local whole wheat. Great for dipping in olive oil or your favorite schmear.
Now Playing: Slum Village - Trinity
I’ve been on one of my regular ‘Dilla’ (Jay Dee/J Dilla) kicks, where I listen to ‘Donuts’ 1000 times in a week, and mix it up with some of his other greatest works. Trinity is definitely up there (with ‘Like Water for Chocolate’, ‘Jaylib’, ‘Labcabincalifornia’). Enjoy some of the classics of early aughts Chicago hip-hop. RIP Dilla.