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Broadtrip

Broadtrip:

So it started with Miller's Bakehouse, Chico Farmers's market found us another bakery, Bouchon Bakery is always worth a visit.  Then we swung over to Wild Flour bread for more loaves. 

So the two rows on the left are all Wild Flour Bread

top left (2 loaves) Dragon:  jalapeno, garlic, and cornmeal

down one:  Olive:  kalamata olives, zaatar, nigella seed

front:  100 % Rye:  caraway, sunflower seed

Second Row from left:

top:  "Wildflour"  Signature wheat loaf (baker's suggestion and mentioned Spelt)

down 1:  Super Seed (multi grain with seeds)

down 1  Wonder - all white sourdough

front:  Occidental - nuts, raisins, cardamom seed

Four loaves top right all from Miller Bake House:

top left - Sesame Loaf - 50% wheat (i think) sesame seeds

bottom left :  chico nut bread (100% wheat, walnuts, almonds)

top right:  Mission Loaf (fig and fennel)

bottom right : Spelt (100 % spelt loaf)

The front right two loaves: 

Large is from Bouchon and I forget the name but he seemed usnure if it was a sourdough.  Multigrain none the less.  Also had a sweet baguette which was good but nothing to right home about.  On the hand some of the pastries were amazing.  The gourmet HoHo, the bouchon brownie, salted carmel macaroon, and the two sandwiches just great.  They make a brioche that they finish like a pretzel which looks awesome but has no shelf life and was very dry, pain au rasin was better last time.  The lines were crazy and we had to do it twice.  Great service.  Expensive as I was already aware.  Not to knock this bakery as it is worth a visit and has some great stuff.  It is proof that too large of production diminishes quality.  

And finally front right.  Hearth and Stone from Cohasset, Ca (found em at the Chico farmers market)  

Russian Black : Pretty standard ingredient list like a Russian Rye but done with natural levain.  

I'm gonna do some slicing, take some photos of each, and then taste and I'll show em all individually. 

Happy Baking/Eating

Josh

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dabrownman's picture
dabrownman

of baking for us and from this distance they all look very nice.  Can't wait to see them up close..

golgi70's picture
golgi70

The only loaf we cracked into fresh.  As good and maybe even better 48 hours later.  This is a great everyday bread.  The boldly baked crust with sesame is just fantastic.  The crust is moist with a nice sour.  Fantastic

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golgi70

Super soft after 48 hours of waiting.  The combo of nuts is perfect.  The best part is the smart sizing of this 100% wheat.  The smaller loaf lends to this style of bread and its just begging for some butter or jam.  Once again Fantastic

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golgi70

Fig Fennel Seed and Walnuts.  Moist, intense, and friggin, delish.  This is food that will make non fennel lovers enjoy fennel.  And the burst of flavor from the figs is great.  The black crust is just fantastic.  A favorite of the tasters. 

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golgi70

100% spelt.  Wonderfully sour and would make an excellent sandwich.  All I'd want is a slightly larger loaf. 

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golgi70

I'll post the rest tonight after work.  

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Song Of The Baker

Hey Josh. Thanks for posting this fun adventure.  I would love to do such a tour.  You also seemed to have hit most of my favourite types of breads in your travels.  Man oh man...

Excited to see more...

John

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golgi70

Forgot to take a photo of the whole loaf.  this was actually really delicious.  Best "Russian Rye" I've ever had.

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golgi70

Dragon - Jalapenos, Garlic, and Cornmeal.  A bit heavy but really good flavors.  Nice spicy finish. 

Occidental     Nuts, Raisins, Cardamom Seed.   Unique, again pretty heavy and underproofed, certainly interesting but I think the cardamom seed was a bit intense in its bites.  Dry cardamom would have gone over better I believe.

Olive  Zaatar on the crust, kalalmata and green olives, nigella seeds.   Best crumb of all their breads.  I don't care for olives or olive bread but I think this was of their best.  The zaatar was a nice twist, the nigella seeds were pretty but added no flavor.  Great loaf. 

100 % wi/ Caraway on top and sunflower seeds.     A nice tinned rye that will hold up well.  Good sour tang.  One of my favorites for sure. 

Super Seed:  Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame, poppy.  Once again heavy crumb but this one has a wonderful texture and fantastic flavor from the seeds. A good loaf.  

 

WildFlour   Signature Wheat Sour (spelt)  Again very heavy underproofed but this one was of our favorites.  Nice sour and great flavor.  

Wonder    All White Sourdough     Simple not very sour.  Pretty on the outside.  

 

 

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golgi70

So that's all the bread folks.  I didn't bother posting the Bouchon loaf as it was pathetic with streaks flour throughout the crumb.  

Dave Miller's Breads were all just top notch and if your in the Chico, CA get to the Farmer's Market for some loaves.  All grain was ground fresh and all of his loaves were around 100% hydration.  They also all had the best shelf life.  We didn't taste his breads for 60 hours and they were still amazing.  Thanks to Dave for showing us your bakery and for the great loaves. 

Wild Flour Bread was an awesome bakery.  I think had we gone later in the day the oven would have been a touch cooler, the loaves would have been proofed better and all would have been even nicer.  Lots of fun and totally worth the trip

Josh