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Just over one year ago, I made the journey from Belgrade, Montana to Madrid, Spain with my bakery trailer, truck and all of my other household goodies.

During the past year as I wait, wait, wait, and wait some more, I've been sorting through the red tape and keeping myself busy through baking, teaching, and also working construction.

Through my previous European tours, I had made some very nice friendships in Moscow, Prague and the Netherlands.  Recently I had the opportunity to re-visit them.

Last week to celebrate Easter, I decided to invite some of my local friends to the bakery warehouse to make hot cross buns and Apfelstrudel.  

As you can imagine, thus far it has been quite a laborious, frustrating and expensive journey. However I am hopeful that the worst is behind me and very soon I will be baking and selling for my new customers here in Spain.  

-Mark

PS, if you'd like a more detailed look at the bakery and what I'm up to, be sure to check out my bakery Facebook page

February 2017: arrival in Madrid via Barcelona, ES and Galveston, TX 

 Moscow workshop

PIR Expo, Moscow

PIR Expo, Moscow

Den Haag, NL Workshop

Roscon de Reyes for Christmas time here in Spain

Hot Cross Buns with friends in the trailer

Spring Cleaning at the bakery warehouse in Pinto, Spain

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Part of the process of moving and opening up a bakery in a new land, is working with and testing the local flour.  

Here is a no-frills flour comparison between one American and two Spanish flours. 

Just flour and water at 67% hydration with no baking:

*General Mills, Harvest King (MT, US)

*Gabino Bobo, Ariana (Zamora, ES)

*Roca, Eco Força (Lleida, ES)

-Mark

The Sinclair's Bakery Facebook Page

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Freshloafians,
Here are a couple of videos I made at my last two markets, one in Bozeman and the other two days ago in Big Sky, MT.  Enjoy ;)

-Mark

Sinclair's Bakery at the Bozeman market July 2, 2016










Sinclair's Bakery at the market in Big Sky, Montana USA. July 20, 2016










 

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Ive just completed 8 days in Poland and I'm headed to Moscow on my second annual European baking tour.  Here are a couple of videos I made during my time in two Polish bakeries.  Enjoy ;)

-Mark

Piekarnia Cukiernia Smolorz Bogdan, Grudynia Wielka, Polska










Piekarnia Piskorek, Nowa Wieś, Polska










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Hey Everybody,
I haven't been very active here lately, but thought the Freshloafians might appreciate a recent article that was written about me and my mobile bakery in Bread Magazine.  Click on the photo below to see the article.

Photos are by: Tim Goessman, Stephanie, and yours truly ;)

Enjoy.

-Mark

 

 

 
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Hey everyone!  I'm back from my big trip and I've got some stuff to share with you, mostly coming in the form of links to stuff I posted along the way on my phone. Lastly is a short video I made of the baking session I had in Moscow in the middle of May. 

Here are a bunch of photos I took, both personal and professional along the way.

These are some photos from when I was working at the Black Dog Bar & Grill outside Prague.

And this is my bakery FB page that provides a little bit of narrative on some of the photos (if you look hard enough)  :)

Enjoy!

-Mark

Master Classes at Sub-Zero & Wolf Russia










 

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One more video for the Freshloafians.  Yesterday was a great day at the market and I made a video about it!  Enjoy :)

-Mark

Indoor Market










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Yes, I know I've been the absentee baker from TFL lately, but hey that's how it goes sometimes :)

Here's my latest and greatest update about my upcoming baking tour of Europe and Russia.  Enjoy!

-Mark

2015 Baking Tour










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This was filmed between 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM on Wednesday September 3, 2014.  I was getting ready for and at the final market of the season in Big Sky, Montana.  Enjoy.  :)

-Mark

Market Day 2










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It was a cold and rainy morning...but it was market day and the people needed their bread and pastries...

Shot between 1:00 AM and 1:30 PM yesterday, August 23, 2014.  Enjoy.

-Mark

Market Day










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