This Week’s Bakery Bulletin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Issue #47

Hello!!

Welcome to our website! Our next bread delivery will be December 15, and you can start ordering on Thursday, December 9. You’ll need to order by midnight on Sunday, December 12, to have your bread waiting for you on Wednesday. Please sign up for our reminder emails (see sidebar at left) so that you’ll always know when you can order for our next bake.

PLEASE NOTE: We’re baking two weeks in a row in December, to accommodate your holiday bread needs! If you’d like to order bread for gifts for your friends, you can order them on December 9-12 to pick up on Wednesday, December 15, or the following week, December 16-19, to pick up on Wednesday, December 22. You can check out our long term baking schedule to see exactly when we’ll be baking, and what flavors.

Our next bake will be December 15, and you can order your bread starting December 9. Our savory hearth loaf for December 15 will be the TOASTED WALNUT sourdough, wonderful with cheese (Did you know that in France, walnut bread is a classic pairing for all those amazing cheeses?), but also delicious with butter and honey for breakfast. Or toasted with soup… or heated up for 15 minutes, unwrapped, in a 350 degree oven as a hearty, crusty dinner bread for a crowd… So many fun applications for this loaf, loaded with those toasted nuts.

And for the holiday, we’re baking both of our most popular sweet and special loaves: the FRUITED ALMOND and the DARK CHOCOLATE & CHERRY loaves. They both make great gifts for your friends and colleagues (although so do the pan loaves, while not as traditional). Just for your information, all the breads this week are dairy-free, so if you have some folks on your list this year that can’t eat dairy, you are safe giving them bread.

You’re probably already familiar with both flavors, but I’ll just let you know that the FRUITED ALMOND is packed with dried apricots, cranberries, and golden raisins, studded with toasted almonds, and flavored with almond extract. It feels decadent and rich to eat, but they are all healthy ingredients—the fruits and nuts, and the whole wheat sourdough. It makes great breakfast, snacks, and desserts, and most of all, it’s a fun gift to give (or receive) this time of year.

The DARK CHOCOLATE & CHERRY loaves are filled with chunks of gourmet dark chocolate and dried cherries… rich and dark with cocoa powder in the dough, these loaves are really fun to share for a holiday tea, or just to toast (briefly—don’t wreck your toaster with melting chocolate) for a snack or breakfast. YUM! It’s like cake, only without the butter and eggs!

For pan loaves we’ll be baking our signature LEVAIN (which is the French term for naturally-leavened bread, or sourdough), with great flavor from only three ingredients (four if you count the water) because of the TIME the sourdough takes to work on the whole wheat organic flour. By the end of the three-day fermentation process, the sourdough has digested much of the gluten that people are sensitive to, and changed many of the starches into sugars and interesting-tasting acids, making our breads delicious and also easily-digestible. We’re also baking SPENT GRAIN sourdough bread, packed with the barley groats used by Midnight Sun Brewing Company to brew their beer. The barley gives the bread a nice chewy texture and a moist crumb.

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 Over the Rainbow Toys on Huffman (next to the Huffman Post Office).

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!

the bread ordering deadline

You’ll need to order your bread by MIDNIGHT on Sunday, December 12, 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. Over the Rainbow Toys, 12201 Industry Way, D5, next to the Huffman Post Office: 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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