Going BIG and Getting small...
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Customer Quote of the Week:

"Mom, this bread is like filet mignon." – Stephanie's Daughter

NOTE: If this is your first Breadness Buzz, or if you've been part of our tribe but missed earlier posts, visit the Breadness Buzz Archive here and catch up on this content written especially for you (by me!). It's a great way to meet like-minded artisan sourdough aficionados and be part of this journey I started back in 2016. And now for this week's Buzz... 

Going BIG and Getting small...

Last week we sold out of all the Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Sourdough loaves on Friday! That's 23 loaves + 1 loaf for sample pieces. This left our Saturday and Sunday customers with only the sample slices to taste. It wasn't fun when those customers would come in and ask for the Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan loaves, only for us to have to tell them the sad news.

This scenario prompted me to make the BIG decision: Let's add another baking shift to our week and make 52 Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Loaves! And so we did. That means that the total loaves baked this week comes to 268, the most we've ever done! The above photo shows 5 racks maxed out!

Now, how did we arrive at 52 Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan loaves? That's not a multiple of 12 which is what we normally do here at the bakery. Every batch is in 12s. Well... a couple weeks ago I introduced the concept of dividing one of our 12-loaf dough tubs into 16 petite loaves/sourdough bread bowls. Our dough divider does not have a 16-loaf blade available so each of the 16 loaves has to be weighed by hand. And our dough bench layout changed considerably as well. But Rhys and Alex got the hang of it and the result is the loaves turned out perfect, so we've kept that variation in place. 

And since we needed to make more Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Sourdough this week, I thought it time that we make petite versions of that bread as well. After all, we have had several requests for a petite size of that bread for a while, and now we have it!

We're making 16 of the Petite Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan loaves this week. Makes a great gift all by itself or better yet, paired with a full-size or Petite Artisan Sourdough Country Loaf. 

What I want to know is: who's going to be the first person to take one of these cuties home?

Customer Culinary Creations

Michelle Harvey came to Random Acts of Breadness looking for artisan sourdough breads to use for her Butter Candle presentation the next day. I'd not heard of butter candles before that moment so I inquired. She proceeded to tell me about it and we discussed whether one of our Breadness Sourdough Bowls should be used to hold the butter candle, or use our full-size loaves for the slices and have another holder for the butter candle. As you can see in this video she sent us, she opted to make one butter candle dip in a small pumpkin, and made another dip in a second pumpkin without the candle wicks, and had our breads sliced and ready for dipping into these amazing creations. I'm definitely going to investigate this butter candle concept to further my Breaducation!

And Lisa Grabow (who makes the awesome tapenades we carry in our store) had just the heel of her Breadness Country Loaf remaining so she made this tantalizing French Toast and sent us photos!

Next time you're making somethin' special with your Breadness, before you dig in, take a photo or two and send them to me at rmt@breadness.com. Let me know if it's okay for us to use your photos and your name or first name only or initials to indicate the source of the images.

Breadness Bowls...

We were finally able to cure and freeze several Breadness Bowls last week so they are now available any day we're open. Order on line or come in and ask. 

We Have Sourdough Crisps... sort of...

Although we sold all the Country Loaves last week, I took 2 loaves from my private reserve frozen stash at home and used them to make our Artisan Sourdough Breadness Crisps for this week. These were Country Loaves so we have a few bags in the NakedTuscan Herb Infused, and Applewood Smoked flavors. We hope to have some Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Bread available next week to make crisps from that as well. But for now, we have 3 flavas for your crispy crunching enjoyment!

Don't forget... we have all the other goodies that go with Breadness, like Raw Farm ButterLaura Ann's JamsClif Family Honey Spreads, NuttZo Keto Nut/Seed Butter and Beyond the Olive Tapenades!

Best advice: order early to ensure there'll be Breadness for your eating pleasure this weekend!

Random Acts of Breadness is located at 2214 West Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank (2-1/2 blocks east of Buena Vista on the south side of the street). Come to the bakery and sample our artisan wares, or order on line for bakery pickup, or have Breadness delivered or shipped to your door. You may also order by phone at 818-562-7303 and pay when you come pick it up. We're open Friday & Saturday 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reminder: If you (or someone you wish to gift) live within 120 miles of Los Angeles, we can ship on Thursday (via UPS Ground) and in most cases your Breadness Box will arrive on Friday (Saturday at the latest). Place your order before Thursday at noon here

Enjoy a "slice of life" from Random Acts of Breadness!

From our hands to yours...

Randall Michael Tobin
Artisan Baker/Chef,

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