OK TFLers, I know it's been a long time, but here I am with a new video from the new bakery. This is a pretty simple Potato Bread recipe of mine that I mix by hand and shape into rolls. It's a decent high quality soft bread that makes tasty burger buns, dinner rolls, and also works well for filling with stuff like chicken teriyaki :) I use an overnight bulk fermentation to add some flavor and keeping quality, plus I use the yellow/golden potatoes that add a buttery, smooth texture to it.
Latest Update! Next Tuesday I pick up my completed concession trailer and get busy! I can't wait. That means that in exactly two weeks (March 2, 2013) I'll be making the Sinclair's Bakery debut at the Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market! I won't be bringing the trailer since it's an indoor venue, but instead will be baking in the trailer here at my place, then transporting the breads and pastries to Bozeman, just like a regular market.
Here's a couple pictures of the work in progress. Here's a Facebook link for more photos and a flickr link in case you don't do Facebook (same photos).
I'll post more photos next week when I get the trailer, and then some more when I get the graphics on the trailer.
TFL'ers, Hi there everyone. Last time I wrote to you I had just finished my last bake at The Back Home Bakery. I was hoping to be able to post pictures of the newly opened bakery at this point, but alas delays have occured. Rather than wait until I'm open I figured I would give you an update to show you the progress so far. Anyway, soon after, I packed up all of my stuff and the bakery equipment and headed south to Bozeman, MT via Nampa, Idaho. Why Nampa, Idaho you ask? Well, that's where Sinclair's Bakery is originating. After searching high and low, I finally found a place that would be able to help me with my project.
Let me explain.
As those of you who have been following me for the past few years know, The Back Home Bakery was located in the lower level of my home. Most of my baking business came from a very busy summer season selling at the farmers' market, plus it was supplemented through wholesale work throughout the year. Of course I realized this would be impossible to duplicate in a brand new area/market without a home to start with, so this is the plan. The folks at Double R trailers in Nampa will be taking my idea and equipment and building me a concession trailer.
This is an example of a similar concession trailer, but NOT mine:
Below is the floorplan for the trailer they are building for me:
Much of the bakery equipment will be in a concession trailer. It will be supplemented by a 20KW diesel generator which will be on the tongue of the trailer. The overall size of the trailer wil be 8'6" x 24' and will be towed by my 3/4 ton truck. If you are familiar with the '5 minutes at the Back Home Bakery' video then you will recognize that some of the equipment missing from the trailer are the 60qt mixer, the sheeter, and the large work bench. This equipment among other things like the bakers racks and large 3 compartment sink will be housed in a warehouse where I am living.
This will allow me to bake on site not just at the farmers' markets, but also at other event locations. Fresh baguettes and croissants for everyone! For wholesale and on off days, I can plug the trailer in and use as a small bakery, much in the way I used to at the Back Home. Below is my design for the outside graphics of the trailer which I will paint upon arrival here in Belgrade, MT (just outside of Bozeman).
Here are some pictures of the warehouse/studio where the trailer will be housed and where I live:
The studio can be seen at the top of the stairs to the right, the rest of the bakery equipment is in the rear.
This is looking down from the top of the stairs of the studio.
The initial projected completion date was mid-January, but it has been pushed back to mid-February. In the meantime, I will keep myself busy by growing more white hairs and substitute teaching at the local schools to earn a few bucks.
There you go for now, and happy baking to all of you in the meantime.
Hello Everybody, As you may know, for the last two weeks of August until Labor Day, baker Codruta Popa (TFL screen name codruta) who writes the wonderful blog codrudepaine.ro worked as a Back Home Bakery intern.
In preparation for opening a bakery in her hometown of Timisoara, Romania, (still in the planning stages at this point), we tackled the usual task of making plenty of bread and pastries. The goal was to give her as much experience as possible in each of the different areas of the baking process, and as you'll see in the photos below, she excelled in each area. Although the styles of our breads that she and I make often differ in variety and consistency, I tried my best to see that she was proficient as possible in handling everything from two-handed roll shaping to laminating pastries to mixing and shaping 77% hydration baguettes.
Enough of the chit-chat, and on to the pictures.
Don't forget to check out the video at the end of the post, of Codruta using the sheeter to create the beginning stages of Palmiers.
Working with new and different doughs is always interesting, isn't it? Here's some two-handed shaping, sour rye, focaccia, and Sal's Rolls aka mini-baguettes.
Above is the stretch and fold of 20 pounds (9 kg) of focaccia dough. The key to working new doughs? No fear!
From top left to bottom right: Baguette crumb, Buckwheat Flaxseed loaves and Portuguese Sweet Bread Rolls, Cherry Danish, Rustic White and Sour Rye loaves
Codruta looks like she's having a good time making Peach Turnovers and Apfelstrudel. Both were made with puff pastry dough that she had laminated from start-to finish a few days before.
More pastries. All of these were new for Codruta, and she enjoyed making them more than she had expected. Cutting the Bear Claws, Shaping for the Cheese and Cherry Danishes, Putting the final touches on an Apfelstrudel and a tray full of shaped croissants.
Two-handed preshaping with 77% hydration dough is not easy! Shaping a baguette. Scoring with a lame that she brought as a gift. The end result is perfect!
Set-up and ready to go at the Kalispell Market. Everything came out great.
A happy baker showing off some perfect bread.
And last but not least, check out this short video of Codruta working with puff pastry and doing the first stages of Palmier making.
Thanks Codruta for all of your hard work and I wish you all the best in your future work as a professional baker!
Hello Fresh Loafians, Yes, it's hard to believe, but July 28, 2012 marked our fourth anniversary as a successful bakery! Thanks to our very loyal customers, product consistency and quality, plus a lot of hard work, we've continued to grow.
I thought some of you might be interested in a bakery update from here, so below is a brief summary of our 2012 product line, where the income comes from, and my work schedule for the year.
So we just got back from our two-week vacation in Europe- Spain, France and Holland to be precise.
I'm going to roll through some of the highlights, but if you'd like to see a lot more pictures of the Big Adventure, you can check them out on my Facebook page here.
We landed in Madrid about mid-day, found our hotel, washed up a bit and headed out into town. If you ever happen to make your way there, you should put this place at the top of your places to visit. The Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor market with lots of booths filled with food and wine. Yes, and because it's in Spain this means that you're free to eat, drink, and be merry while you walk and sample everything from fresh mozzarella with blueberries on a sliced baguette to a glass of wine from La Rioja.
Next we move onto the island of Ibiza where we visited my friend Helena. Although its recent reputation is as the party capital of Europe, Ibiza has a rich history with relics dating back to Carthaginian times. Helna hosted us at her home and gave us a super tour of the beaches, the local foods, and fantastic churches and museums.
Our next stop was further north in the land of Spanish Wine known as La Rioja. Two of our friends were generous enough to give us the local tour complete with visits to Logroño, Santa Lucia, and Laguardia. In the first picture, accomplished sculptor Félix Reyes poses with some of his work and my friend Javier. Below, there's nothing like a night on the town in Logroño with good friends, food, and wine.
Next, we took the train up to France and managed to spend a night in the picturesque village of Saint Emilion. Since we were a bit early for tourist season, we had the streets to ourselves as we walked through the town at night after an outside dinner in the evening.
After spending a night in the very scenic town of Tours, we began our three day visit to Paris. Of course we had the obligitory visits to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Breakfast and/or lunch was spent touring the various boulangeries- pictured here are Michel Deschamps' and Eric Kayser's. Baguettes were coming out of the oven at Deschamps, but we opted for a couple of delicious quiches instead.
I know it may be heresy to say on a bread baking forum, but by far the highlight of the Paris portion of the trip was not the baked goods, but our first-time visit to the Palais Garnier. Back on January 9, I spent between the hours of 12:45AM and 2:15AM 'standing in line' online waiting for tickets as they went on sale for the first time for the Robbins/Ek show titled 'Dances at a Gathering' and 'Appartement'. It was well worth it as we got front row seats in the center of the second mezzanine.
Finally our Big Adventure was capped off with a high-speed train ride to Amsterdam, a visit to the Van Gogh museum, and a personalized tour of the Keukenhof tulip gardens by fellow Fresh Loafian and BreadLab meister, Freerk. It was the perfect finale as we saw more colors and varieties than one could possibly imagine and thanks to Freerk, we actually got to and from the gardens without ending up in Belgium, Germany, or just in the water somewhere.
And thus ends Sharon and Mark's Big Adventure of 2012. Thanks to everyone who helped us feel the local flavor of their wonderful lands!
Greetings everybody! Today was 'Fundraiser Day' at the Back Home Bakery in Kalispell, MT with all of the profits from the sale benefiting the Flathead High School French Club. A small crew of high school students worked the final shift baking, packaging, and delivering croissants, palmiers, and pains au chocolat for their happy customers.
It started a few weeks ago as the students took orders for different combinations of pastry boxes so we could get our work order. Next two shifts of teacher, student, and parent volunteers came up to the bakery to shape everything (a new experience for all). Lastly, this morning we baked and packaged everything and even had a little left over to feed the worker bees.
Ready for the grand totals? Croissants: 198 Palmiers: 264 Pains au Chocolat: 319
Not too shabby, huh? Check out the pictures below to see how well everything came out.
Good job everyone and I hope you enjoyed your time in the bakery!
Last week, Charlie came from Bowling Green, Ohio to hone his baking skills during a one-week internship at the Back Home Bakery. Despite the initial butterflies, Charlie quickly adapted to the bakery hours and work schedule improving his dough handling skills throughout the week. Below are some of the highlights from the week.
Thanks for the hard work, and I hope your family gets to enjoy some of the bread/pastries you learned to make during your internship.
Michelle came to the Back Home Bakery from Vancouver, BC last month for one week of bread baking and pastry making. Like most visiting interns who specialize in rustic breads, Michelle quickly added an introduction to laminated doughs to her repertoire. She used her meticulous nature and detail oriented hand-skills to create picture perfect Apfelstrudels, Spinach Puffs and Cheese Danish too. I think her favorite breads to shape were the Buckwheat Flax loaves we make into boules.
Unfortunately, most of the pictures we took during the week were on her camera or tablet, so she is invited to add her own photos to this thread!
Thanks for the help Michelle, and I hope you and your husband continue to enjoy your baking skills at home.
This past week Randy came up from Missoula, MT to help us out at the bakery. It was a very busy week as we had plenty of special orders plus the usual wholesale and farmers' market work to do. Fortunately we had perfect weather for both farmers' markets and we had lots of happy customers at both of them. On Saturday we had quite the customer demand as Sharon and I quickly filled the orders and Randy worked his butt off to keep the shelves filled with bread and the display cases stocked with pastries (sound familiar Thomas?). If you haven't experienced it yet, it's a very gratfiying feeling to have worked your hardest for the week and to have dozens of very pleased customers waiting in line to enjoy the breads and pastries you've produced. Thanks for the hard work, Randy, and I hope you show off some of the baking skills you've learned at home for your family.