Week of 3/2
Last week was a blast - it felt great to be back and we pushed some limits in terms of dough and it all turned out pretty well. We also sold the most bagels we’ve ever sold in the shortest amount of time. Thanks to our fancy new tool - a manual dough divider - doing more bagels every weekend seems a bit easier, so look out for more options soon.
We have a number of awesome events coming up which I’ll write more about soon, but in the meantime save the dates:
March 17 - St Patricks Day - Corned Beef Sandwiches at RD
March 22nd - Pizza and Wings return with Founders Brewing at RD
March 30th - Special charcuterie and bread night with Hudson Valley Brewing at RD
Also, I completely forgot until today, but this weekend marks our 1-year anniversary baking out of Rough Draft. Hooray for us! Special shout out to Amanda and Anthony on letting me continue to take over more and more of their kitchen and the many other ways they support me and the Bread Lab. Here’s to the next year!
You can pre-order bagels (and bread) online They’re also a bit cheaper if you order them ahead of time and it guarantees you some bagels. Pickups start at 9:30 AM on Saturday.
This Week’s Loaf: 100% Whole Wheat Pan Loaf + Oland + Upstate Levain + Kingston Country + Baguettes
I might be doing some special test bakes as well as I try out some new flour, we’ll see!
Whole Wheat Pan Loaf is our take on a 100% whole wheat sandwich bread. Last time we made this, it was a huge hit and with good reason. It was moist but sliceable, and so good with a thick schmear of butter.
Oland is a grain of Scandinavian 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: Ryuichi Sakamoto - async
An awesome ambient album that I recently discovered after MRB and I were digging through the insanely extensive catalog of music created by the trio of musicians from Yellow Magic Orchestra. This is just one of literally hundreds of albums of music that’s worth listening to. This one caught my focus this week as I was heads-down writing.