This Week’s Bakery Bulletin

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Issue #62

I won’t add to your stress by pointing out how many shopping days there are until Christmas… But you can start ordering now for bread pickup next Wednesday, on December 21!

You can use our bread as holiday gifts, as well as for your own holiday table!

Another gift-giving option is gift certificates for loaves of bread. I know that sometimes we get inundated with delicious goodies in December—almost too many to enjoy properly. If you want to give your friends the opportunity to receive bread later in the year, I’m happy to create special gift certificates for you, and then mail them to you or your gift recipient. Just email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)with the name of the recipients, the number of loaves you’d like to give them, and the address to which I should mail the gift certificates. You can mail me a check or drop off the payment at Side Street (8-10am next Wednesday) or Summit Spice and Tea (4-6pm next Wednesday).

If you sign up for our email list (at left) I’ll send you a reminder on the Thursdays before we bake.

For pickup on Wednesday, December 21 (please order by Sunday, December 18):

We’ll be baking our two most popular sweet and fruity sourdough breads this week—especially for gift-giving!  You can decide between the DARK CHOCOLATE & CHERRY loaves, and the ever-popular FRUITED ALMOND loaves.

The CHOCOLATE & CHERRY bread is a bit decadent, filled with dried sweetened cherries and dark chocolate chunks—but it’s dairy-free, without any eggs or butter! The long fermentation of the sourdough is what gives the bread it’s great texture and moistness. It’s great with coffee, tea, or red wine!  The FRUITED ALMOND bread is packed with all kinds of holiday flavors—toasted almonds, apricots, golden raisins, and cranberries. The beauty of both of these loaves is that they freeze exceptionally well—so whether you’re giving them as gifts, or stocking up for yourself, these loaves do NOT have to be eaten right away, just when you’re inundated with all kinds of cookies, candy, and rich holiday foods. Your friends can pop them in the freezer and save them for January if they like! 

Our savory hearth loaf for the week will be FRESH ROSEMARY sourdough. The fresh rosemary gives the bread a savory herbal flavor that goes so well with lots of different foods. Decorated with leaf-shaped slashings on top, it’s quite beautiful on your holiday table, too. If you’re using it for a dinner bread, just heat the unwrapped loaf in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes to get a beautiful crisp crust on it before you sit down to eat! It makes fantastic sandwiches, too, with leftover turkey and stuffing.

The 100% whole grain ALASKAN POTATO sourdough and SPENT GRAIN sourdoughpan loaves make fantastic bread cubes to use for your favorite stuffing recipe, and they are also wonderful for making toast and sandwiches.

After you order the bread, you can pick up your loaves on Wednesday mornings (8-10am) downtown at Side Street Espresso (412 G Street), or on Wednesday evenings (4-6pm) at Summit Spice & Tea Company’s South Anchorage store, in the little mall at Huffman and Old Seward: 1120 Huffman Rd, Suite 1.

If you’ve never ordered bread through the website, you’ll click on the “register now” link, pick a username and password, and enter your information (name, email, and phone numbers). Then you can place your order! In case you can’t make the website work, you can always email me at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call me at 677-3712.

If you’ve ordered bread before, but you are having trouble remembering your login name or password, you can email me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call me at 677-3712. I’m happy to help you!

Our winter schedule will be similar to last year—we’ll be baking about every other week, always skipping the first Wednesday of the month. The schedule will vary a little, though, to accommodate the holidays, to make sure you’ll have plenty of opportunities to order bread for gifts, if you need to. Please see our long term baking schedule to find out what we’re baking over the next several weeks.

the bread ordering deadline

You’ll need to order your bread by MIDNIGHT on Sunday, so we have time to plan our bake, feed our sourdough, and pre-ferment the dough!  When you order the bread, you can choose to “pay when you pick up your bread,” or you can pay via PayPal. By all means, use PayPal if you prefer—but I’m even happier to get your checks or cash when you come pick up your bread.

bread pickup locations

Pick-up locations for Wednesdays:
1.  Side Street Espresso, 412 G Street, downtown: 8-10am
2.  Summit Spice & Tea Co., 1120 Huffman Rd, Suite 1 (Huffman & Old Seward): 4-6pm

If you need to call me during a pick-up time, you can reach me on my cell phone at 748-3712. At other times,  please call me at home/the bakery: 677-3712.

Would you like to see a video of us baking your bread? Our bakery is a small commercial kitchen attached to our house on the lower Anchorage Hillside.

Alison’s blog

If you’d like to check out lots of savory and healthful recipes, you can find lots more of them on my blog about cooking and eating local food: Alison’s Lunch. You can even sign up for my blog posts (about local food, cooking, and recipes) to be delivered to your email! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have trouble signing up, and I can help you.

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