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Great name for your new bakery

May 29, 2017 - 1:46pm --

I humbly submit this name for your new bakery.  Beats the knickers off of Yeast Affection. 

The Bar Atlantic cafes accompanying Esselunga supermarkets across northern Italy currently have food-oriented puns printed on their raw sugar packets.  As I emptied mine into my coffee yesterday I noticed this one.



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Hodgson Mill Store

April 26, 2017 - 10:10pm -- Postal Grunt

If you've ever driven through Illinois on I-70, you've passed through Effingham. Most of what you see from the interstate are truck stops, hotels, and fast food joints. With a quicker eye, you'll see the Hodgson Mill store just past exit 160. It's a relative new, medium size building made from log cabin materials so its easy to discern from the other businesses. It has a good sized parking lot and the building also has access ramps to enable customers in wheel chairs an opportunity to visit.

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Bakeries France and Switzerland

March 9, 2017 - 7:04pm -- Edo Bread

I will be traveling from Paris through burgundy and into Switzerland in a couple of months.

If anybody has suggestions of bakers they love or bread that must be tried, I would appreciate any information.

I have a few scheduled as part of the trip, but there are days yet to fill.  Thank you.

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Ideas on replicating Tartine flat bread?

March 4, 2017 - 9:08am -- MichaelLily

I love Tartine bread and most loaves done in a similar style. My biggest concern is the thick crust and irregular shape make for not ideal sandwiches or restaurant usage.

I recently visited Tartine and they sell sandwiches on a very flat, dark, Tartine-ish loaf. Crust is sturdy but very easy to eat. Great sandwich. It's something they've only been doing for 5-6 months. And I have no clue how to replicate that texture.

Could it be just a flatter country loaf baked in 15 minutes? Would that decrease chew that much? Thanks for any insight.

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Equipment Advice

December 7, 2016 - 6:18pm -- rfayepowers

I am a starting a small bread baking business, baking 100 loaves per week in 2 days of baking. I'm renting a commercial kitchen with limited equipment.

1) can I mix this much by hand?

2) with tartine style I won't be able to use Dutch ovens and will be using an electric oven without steam. Should I use perforated baking sheets and a pan for steam at the bottom? should I use stone and a pan for steam? something else?

3) digital scale recommendations?

4) source for cheap proofing baskets that can be put in the dishwasher?


thank you!


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