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London: Fabrique Bakery

Farine - April 18, 2015 - 1:01am
Without a map or a working phone, it took us a while to find Fabrique Bakery, nestled as it is under Arch 385 of the Overground on Geffrye Street in Shoreditch (East London). But it was well worth the search as we found out to our ravenous delight when we sat down for a bite.

Cheese and fig jam sandwich on walnut bread The bakers were finishing up in the lab. When they were done, Jens came and talked to us before settling down at his laptop to relax a while.
Jens trained as a pastry chef in his native Germany. He explains that Fabrique is a Swedish bakery, hence the gorgeous cardamom and cinnamon rolls and the aromatic cranberry-pumpkin seed rye.
Fabrique has eleven locations in Stockholm. The Shoreditch one is their first in London. Several more are planned to open within the next five years. Jens' eyes shine with excitement. This is his first job as a bread baker and he clearly loves it. The breads are leavened with liquid levain. A hint of commercial yeast is added for a better lift. The best seller is the levain.
Most of the breads are humongous. You can buy the whole loaf, half the loaf or a third of it. Charmed to see work listed as an ingredient, I buy one third of the 100% rye. It will keep well and make for a fine breakfast for our remaining few days in London.
Then, thanking Jens for his welcome, we cast one last look around...
   ...and fully revigorated, set out for our next bread encounter.
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Panera Bread to build at Arlington site of former Bennigan's - Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)

Google News Bread Feed - April 17, 2015 - 3:19pm

Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)

Panera Bread to build at Arlington site of former Bennigan's
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)
Shuttered since Bennigan's went bankrupt in 2008, a former location on South Cooper Street in Arlington soon will be demolished and a Panera Bread Bakery & Cafe built in its place. The chain of bakery/cafes has leased the restaurant site, at 4000 S ...

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You're a slice of bread that desperately wants to toast itself - Boing Boing

Google News Bread Feed - April 17, 2015 - 12:13pm

Boing Boing

You're a slice of bread that desperately wants to toast itself
Boing Boing
In the game I Am Bread, developed by the creators of the popular Surgeon Simulator, you are an individual slice of bread on a journey to toast itself. It's not an easy path to travel; if you've ever played Octodad: Dadliest Catch and felt that it was ...
I Am Bread review – slice of heavenMetro

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Strategy to derive a sequence assembly for plant genome of bread wheat - agprofessional.com

Google News Bread Feed - April 17, 2015 - 9:56am

agprofessional.com

Strategy to derive a sequence assembly for plant genome of bread wheat
agprofessional.com
The genome of bread wheat is five times larger than that of humans and contains many repeat sequences, making it very challenging for plant researchers to obtain a reference sequence for this important crop. Photo by Jordi Paya Canals via Flickr, ...

Google News
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Vegetables and Cheese Meet Bread - New York Times (blog)

Google News Bread Feed - April 17, 2015 - 9:22am

New York Times (blog)

Vegetables and Cheese Meet Bread
New York Times (blog)
This week Martha Rose Shulman joined Food's sandwich issue with a roasted pepper and goat cheese sandwich that is ideal for travel. Vegetables and cheese, hot or cold, always make a great sandwich combination. Here are more ideas from Recipes for ...

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Long Live Yeasty Dough at Los Gatos' Manresa Bread - SF Weekly

Google News Bread Feed - April 17, 2015 - 7:02am

SF Weekly

Long Live Yeasty Dough at Los Gatos' Manresa Bread
SF Weekly
With Manresa's head baker Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread commenced, selling loaves at the Campbell Farmers Market in 2013 and soon after at Palo Alto's California Avenue Farmers Market. When you're the 62nd-best restaurant in the world (according to ...

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Brussels brewer uses leftover bread to make beer - Reuters

Google News Bread Feed - April 17, 2015 - 4:14am

Reuters

Brussels brewer uses leftover bread to make beer
Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A small Brussels-based brewery has embarked on a project to make beer from leftover bread, harking back to antiquity, when bread, rather than barley, was the main ingredient. The idea for brewing with bread came when 31-year-old ...
Brewer Forges Unholy Alliance Of Bread & Booze With Beer Made From Leftover ...The Consumerist

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London: The Bikery

Farine - April 17, 2015 - 1:15am
And no, there is no typo in the title of this post! Better Health  Artisan Bakery at 13 Stean Street in London, England, is officially changing its name. The new sign is already up.
A bit confusing for visitors from abroad trying to find their way without a map (our phones are useless in Britain), to this remote spot in East London. Spotting the sign from the end of the street, we thought for a minute that we had the wrong address but a helpful breeze brought the unmistakable whiff of baking bread and, bereft of Google Maps, we simply followed our noses.
  The Centre for Better Health -which has active here in Hackney for more than fifty-five years- is a "community-based charity that promotes well-being and supports recovery from mental distress,'  through counseling, classes and on-the-job training. It operates three social enterprises: the afore-mentioned Better Health Bakery soon to be known as The Bikery, Better Health Bikes and Better Health Products Ltd. We only saw the bakery.
Yann Lamour, the head baker (who is French and trained at Ferrandi in Paris), was in the shop when we entered. He kindly took a few minutes of his time to tell us more.
The twelve-month training program has been in existence for two and a half years. Geared towards men and women with mental issues, typically referred by their "carer," their doctor, a counseling centre, but sometimes self-referred as well, it isn't meant to train future bakers as much as to provide a stepping stone towards a new life. The participants are all dealing with some mental issue or other (from depression or anxiety to schizophrenia or other forms of psychosis) but they are all in remission. They have to have been stable for at least two years before they can join.
"Bread making is a form of meditation, " says Yann, "Touching the dough, seeing it grow and transform is a healing experience. " The participants also have their own goals: some seek a chance to meet people in a controlled environment, others want to learn how to develop a routine by sticking to a schedule (arriving on-time, etc.), others still wish to learn teamwork. When their twelve months are over, they don't all become bakers. One has discovered in himself a passion for plants and the open air and is now a gardener. Another plans to be a driver. Another yet is interning in a social restaurant, etc. The common denominator is that for each of them the time spent at the bakery has helped unlock the future.
The breads are all-leavened with natural starters, either a wheat levain at 55% hydration or a rye levain at 100% hydration.
The bakery -who employs four to six bakers- sells at the market on Saturdays and has wholesale accounts with restaurants and natural food stores. It is open for retail Tuesday to Saturday. If you ever are in London, hop on the Overground and follow your nose. You won't regret it.
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Shopper claims he found live mouse in loaf of bread - WGN-TV

Google News Bread Feed - April 16, 2015 - 1:47pm

WGN-TV

Shopper claims he found live mouse in loaf of bread
WGN-TV
A man in the United Kingdom took to Twitter to complain that he found a live mouse in a load of bread he bought at the store. Andrew Odell reportedly bought the bread at an Aldi store. He tweeted to the company a picture of the mouse in the bread.
Disgusted Shopper Finds Live Mouse In Package Of White Bread Purchased ...The Inquisitr
Supermarket customer disgusted after finding live mouse crawling around in ...mirror.co.uk
ALDI: Live mouse found in loaf of bread to the horror of Milton Keynes customerMK News
Milton Keynes Citizen -North Devon Journal
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Big Break for Panera Bread Investors - Barron's

Google News Bread Feed - April 16, 2015 - 10:09am

TheStreet.com

Big Break for Panera Bread Investors
Barron's
By Miller Tabak ($163.92, April 16, 2015). We maintain our Buy rating on Panera Bread and raise our 12-month price target to $200 from $190. We argue an activist influence will help Panera (ticker: PNRA PNRA -0.38821149324730714% Panera Bread Co.
Why Panera Bread Co. Stock Popped TodayMotley Fool
Panera Bread to sell 73 cafes, increase buybackSTLtoday.com
Panera Bread (PNRA) Stock Surging Today on Store Sales, Buyback PlansTheStreet.com
Seeking Alpha -Lexington Herald Leader -Nasdaq
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Strategy to derive a sequence assembly for plant genome of bread wheat - Phys.Org

Google News Bread Feed - April 16, 2015 - 5:30am

Phys.Org

Strategy to derive a sequence assembly for plant genome of bread wheat
Phys.Org
The genome of bread wheat is five times larger than that of humans and contains many repeat sequences, making it very challenging for plant researchers to obtain a reference sequence for this important crop. Credit: Jordi Paya Canals via Flickr, CC-BY ...

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'I Am Bread' Review - Game Rant

Google News Bread Feed - April 16, 2015 - 3:52am

Metro

'I Am Bread' Review
Game Rant
I Am Bread arrived on Steam Early Access months ago by way of the producers of the floppy-armed cult-hit called Surgeon Simulator, meaning the controls are hilariously awkward, and performing seemingly simple tasks quickly becomes an adventure.
I Am Bread review – slice of heavenMetro

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Panera Bread to sell 73 cafes, increase buyback - STLtoday.com

Google News Bread Feed - April 15, 2015 - 4:48pm

Panera Bread to sell 73 cafes, increase buyback
STLtoday.com
Panera Bread Co. said Wednesday it will sell and refranchise 73 company-owned cafes and increase its share buyback program to $750 million. Shares of the Sunset Hills-based bakery shop operator, which operates locally as St. Louis Bread Company, ...
Panera Bread to sell cafes, increase buybackReuters
These 3 Challenges Will Define Panera Bread's FutureSeeking Alpha
Panera Bread (PNRA) Updates on Refranchising Activity; Raises Common Stock ...StreetInsider.com
RTT News -Dakota Financial News -Benzinga
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How to Buy the Healthiest Bread Possible - POPSUGAR

Google News Bread Feed - April 15, 2015 - 3:22pm

POPSUGAR

How to Buy the Healthiest Bread Possible
POPSUGAR
With all the hype around "wheat-free," "gluten-free," and "grain-free" foods, you might be surprised to learn that I'm a nutritionist and I eat bread. In fact, I couldn't imagine living without one my favorite grainy slices toasted to perfection and ...
Who are you kidding? Banana 'bread' tastes like a cakeBuffalo News
You, too, can make bread in 1 hour. Really.TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
How to make fresh bread in a fraction of the timeDiamondback Online
The Times (subscription) -Herald and News
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Gooey bread, Chicken Parm wicked good at Bella Bella - Tallahassee.com

Google News Bread Feed - April 15, 2015 - 2:49pm

Tallahassee.com

Gooey bread, Chicken Parm wicked good at Bella Bella
Tallahassee.com
My parents, for reasons known only to them, stubbornly refuse to move from the ice encrusted state of New Hampshire. Recently they ice-picked their way out of the frozen north and came down to celebrate a pair of grandchildren's birthdays and visit ...

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Food & Drink News: Meat and Bread Opens on Capitol Hill, Dick Cantwell ... - TheStranger.com (blog)

Google News Bread Feed - April 15, 2015 - 11:43am

TheStranger.com (blog)

Food & Drink News: Meat and Bread Opens on Capitol Hill, Dick Cantwell ...
TheStranger.com (blog)
Meat and Bread, the highly anticipated US outpost of the Vancouver, BC-based sandwich shop, is now open on Capitol Hill in the Central Agency Building (also home to Lark and Slab Sandwich + Pie). As the name implies, Meat and Bread keeps things ...

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18 Recipes For Ripe Bananas (That Aren't Banana Bread)! - Parade

Google News Bread Feed - April 15, 2015 - 8:13am

Parade

18 Recipes For Ripe Bananas (That Aren't Banana Bread)!
Parade
While I'm all for a good banana bread, sometimes I want a banana treat that's a little bit different. Banana cakes, banana bars, banana cookies…all totally underrated, but definitely delicious. Bananas are a natural sweetener and pair wonderfully with ...

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This No-Knead Bacon Bread Recipe Is Our Everything - Huffington Post

Google News Bread Feed - April 15, 2015 - 4:38am

This No-Knead Bacon Bread Recipe Is Our Everything
Huffington Post
Bacon bread is the stuff that great days are made of. Soft, doughy bread loaded with bites of salty, briny bacon is the culmination of all of our favorite things. It's downright irresistible. But when you add the fact that this loaf of bread is no ...

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KHALID'S GÖTZENBURG-BREAD - WHOLE GRAIN BAKING IN DUBAI

Brot & Bread - April 14, 2015 - 2:37pm

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When I - driven from a real "Breaking Bad Bread" experience - challenged my baking buddies from The Fresh Loaf, Facebook and several congenial blogs to create a "Bread for the Knight with the Iron Hand", I promised myself to try all 30 loaves over time.

Well, let's say, almost all of them: the original 1914 German Army Kriegsbrot I'll better keep in reserve when times get tough.

Preparing Khalid's Götzenburg-Brot, I was struck by the idea to not only present his bread on my blog, but, also, finally satisfy my curiosity, asking my Fresh Loaf friend (username: Mebake) how on earth he came to bake whole grain breads in Dubai.

Khalid bakes whole grain breads - in Dubai!
This is his answer:

It all started with an idea to make a decent whole wheat bread. I wanted to bake a healthy wholesome loaf that my wife and I would enjoy on a daily basis. In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, most bread is mass produced in commercial plants. 

I wanted something different, and so began searching online for recipes, and stumbled upon thefreshloaf.com website. Encouraged by the knowledgeable, kind, and courteous community members of the site, I learned much about bread making including pre-ferments, and the merits of slow fermentation. 

Without hesitation, I joined the community and began baking bread and sharing my results though my online blog. Prior to this point , I had never been exposed to Artisan breads of any kind.

I bought several books, read blog posts, and watched many online videos on bread making. Soon, I felt that bread making resonates well with me like no other hobby I have ever tried before. Furthermore, I was charmed by the idea of baking bread from scratch using basic ingredients. 

With no reference points, and with the help of my keen wife, I started baking feverishly. At times, she would sarcastically call the dough: the “other lady”! as I spent hours and days pouring over the bread books and trying different recipes. 

The early breads were quite sour and bitter, but as I continued to bake on a weekly basis, results where slowly improving until I finally baked a whole grain loaf I could call decent. 

After the successful bake, I began exploring rye, and soon learned to appreciate the subtle earthy-sweet flavor notes of whole grain rye breads. To improve flavor, I bought a German electric mill (Hawos –Easy) and began milling wheat and rye kernels, and using the fresh flours in my bread. The flavor was so exceptional; it was quite a revelation to me.  

Now, I have sacks of 25 kg of flour lying in my house , a  mini old fridge where freshly ground grains reside, and a recently bought 4 tray convection oven to increase my capacity. I’ve also sourced some organic Rye , and wheat flours from a German culinary wholesale distributor in Dubai. 

I have a full time desk job, but bake for a monthly local event that is held in a shopping mall in Dubai: The Arts and Crafts Market.

I hope to start an Artisan Bakery in Dubai in the not too distant future.

Khalid's breads at the Arts & Crafts Market in a Dubai shopping mall
A name (and facebook page) for his bakery exists already: The Golden Wheat Bakery!

Khalid's hearty sourdough has a slight hint of sweetness from soaked, pureed raisins. We liked it a lot, and I'll definitely bake it again.

I made two small changes to his original recipe, adding the raisin puree right away to the final dough (it appeared a bit dry), and baking the bread with steam, since I like the crust to be a bit thinner.


KHALID'S GÖTZENBURG BREAD WITH WHEAT,  RYE & SPELT

Raisin Puree
50 g/1.8 oz raisins
50 g/1.8 oz water, boiling

Levain
25 g/0.9 oz mother starter
106 g/3.7 oz water
60 g/2.1 oz bread flour
44 g/1.6 oz whole wheat flour
30 g/1.1 oz whole spelt flour
15 g/0.5 oz whole rye flour

Final Dough
100 g/3.5 oz raisin puree (all)
280 g/9.9 oz levain (all)
167 g/5.9 oz bread flour
131 g/4.6 oz whole wheat flour
87 g/3.1 oz whole spelt flour
44 g/1.6 oz whole rye flour
242 g/8.5 oz water
12 g/0.4 oz salt


DAY 1
Mix all ingredients for levain, until well combined. Cover, and leave at room temperature overnight.

In small bowl, pour boiling water over raisins. Cover, and let soak overnight.

This lively starter's origin you can find here
DAY 2
Using a blender or immersion blender, puree raisins and any remaining soaking water.

Place raisin puree, flours and water for the final dough in mixer bowl. Mix, until all flour is hydrated. Leave for 30 - 60 minutes (autolyse).

Add levain and salt, and knead at low speed for 5 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes, then resume kneading for 2-3 minutes at medium-low speed.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl
Transfer dough to lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let ferment for 2 - 2 1/2 hours, with 1 x stretch & fold after 60 minutes. It should grow about 1 1/2 times its original size.

Nicely risen after 2 1/2 hours
Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and pre-shape into a round. Cover, and let rest on the bench for 15 minutes, then shape into a boule or bâtard.

Place, seam side up, in a floured rising basket
Place, seam side up, in a well floured rising basket, sprinkle with flour, and let rise, covered, for about 2 hours, or until it has grown about 1 1/2 times its original size (a dimple, made with your finger, should come back a little, but remain visible).

The bread has grown by about 1 1/2 times its original size
Meanwhile preheat oven to 482ºF/250ºC, including baking stone and steaming device (or don't steam, if you like a rather thick crust).

Transfer bread to parchment lined baking sheet (or bake directly on baking stone). Score.

Ready for the oven
Bake for 15 minutes, with steam, then remove steam pan, rotate bread 180 degrees, and reduce temperature to 410ºF/210ºC. Bake for another 25 - 30 minutes, until crust is a dark reddish brown and the internal temperature registers at least 200ºF/93ºC.

Let bread cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

A hearty bread with a slight hint of sweetness
BreadStorm user (also of the free version) can download the formula:
Khalid's Götzenburg Bread
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The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is nominated by Epicurious as one of the greatest cookbooks of all time

Artisan Bread in 5 - April 14, 2015 - 12:37pm

We are insanely flattered. Epicurious.com, which is the food website of Conde Nast, publisher of Bon Appetit and the late, lamented Gourmet, has named The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day as one of the greatest cookbooks of all time. That’s our book in the picture, right in the middle of some very exhalted company. Bakers like Dorie Greenspan, Julia Child, Peter Reinhart. We’re hyperventilating.

If you like the book, please vote for us! Check out the whole article on Epicurious.com. Or Tweet about the Epicurious Cookbook Canon longlist with hashtag #EpiCanon

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