We love when customers share their culinary creations with us...
Robert Bennett shared these photos of his Tofu Bahn Mi sandwich built on a foundation of our Breadness Artisan Country Sourdough. Robert has taken this Vietnamese street food and turned it into a tempting, healthy delight, with what looks like pickled vegetables, roasted tofu and Italian parsley or cilantro!
The one thing technology and AI will never replace is the joy of cooking and eating! So come to Random Acts of Breadness this weekend and pick up some Breadness to be the foundation for your next culinary creation. And don't forget to take some photos to share with our readers before you dig in...
Pain Perdu - Lost Bread, a.k.a. French Toast
A new customer came to the bakery last weekend and during the course of our conversation, related to me that she lives in France near the German border. I asked her if they call French Toast just "Toast" in France? She said they call it Pain Perdu which translates to Lost Bread! How cool is that? The name implies that when a loaf gets down to the last bits, it's perfect for soaking up some eggs, pan-frying, and serving with your favorite breakfast condiments. For me, I like keeping things simple so I use a couple slices of our Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan sourdough, pan-fried in organic ghee and served with Raw Farm Cultured Butter.
The Secret of Frozen Breadness...
Time for a bit of Breaducation. Ideally, food should serve two purposes: to provide sustenance and be delectable, too. And even better if the food helps you live longer! Sourdough bread made the time-honored way (like we make it here), is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. I recommend one eats it with a good fat (butter, avocado, olive oil, cheese) so as to slow the digestion down enough for the bread to make it to the colon where it becomes food for your probiotic organisms (what Dr. Gundry calls "gut buddies"). Gut buddies thrive on resistant starches. (Bad gut bugs thrive on sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, refined grains, etc.) When your gut buddies are thriving, your immune system is strong.
Recently I heard that freezing bread makes it even more of a resistant starch and drops its glycemic index number (the rate at which carbohydrates convert into sugar) by about 30%. And, get this, if you toast the bread after thawing it out, the glycemic index goes even lower! This is great news for people who need to monitor their blood sugar levels.
I used to cringe at the thought of freezing our amazing fresh artisan breads, but after having thawed out many loaves in the past couple years, I'm amazed at how well our bread comes back to life. When it's frozen after curing for 24 hours, it will rehydrate perfectly if you let it rest in the sealed bag we provide for about 5 hours. Or, if your loaf is presliced then frozen, you can take a couple of slices from the freezer bag, place them in a new zip bag, side by side, seal the bag and let them come to room temp; about 30 minutes. Then you can eat them at room temp, lightly toasted, or as Pain Perdu!
Small Business Week Continues through the Weekend!
When you think about it, why have just one week devoted to local ma and pa businesses? Why not have Small Business Year! As far as we're concerned, no large-scale operation is going to deliver a product or service made with love and passion as many small businesses do. Besides, where else can you have a meaningful conversation with the proprietor(s) of these businesses? Come visit us and leave happier than when you came in. 😄
Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Sourdough
We've made a fresh round of 36 Organic Artisan Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Sourdough loaves for this week, along with 144 of our Traditional Country Loaves, which sold out last weekend so order ahead on line if you can. That way, your loaf/loaves will be reserved for you for the day you wish to pick them up. Please indicate if you would like your loaf/loaves sliced in the message box during checkout.
Mother's Day is next week so now's the time to think of what Breadness Gift Mom might fancy for that special day (see last week's Breadness Buzz here for some gift ideas...). Of course, you can always give mom one of our Gift Cards and let her go on a shopping spree at the bakery! Besides, we'd LOVE to meet your mom...
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.
Note: 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" at Random Acts of Breadness!
From our hands to yours...
Randall Michael Tobin
Artisan Baker/Chef, PC, ACF
2214 West Magnolia Blvd., Unit A, Burbank, CA, 91506, United States of America
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