Some bakeries we visited while on holiday in Oregon and California
We took a little driving holiday down to San Francisco, and stopped at some really nice bakeries while we were away.
I took some pictures! Couldn't resist!:
Pearl Bakery  in Portland, OR (large pugliese!):
...and some more lovely breads, and macarons!:
Della Fattoria  in Petaluma, CA: The Pane Integral I had to buy:
...that Pane Integral was fabulous!...and Della Fattoria makes one of the best cups of coffee I've ever tasted :^)
Bouchon Bakery  in Yountville, CA:
...and beautiful pastries and macarons here, too!:
little t american baker  in Portland, OR:
...pretty danish (strawberry basil!), and a gorgeous coffee:
And of course we couldn't leave the Portland area without a visit to Bob's Red Mill, and thanks to Floyd's front page post, a trip across the street to Dave's Killer Bread  (this bread is amazingly good - we brought some home!):
We enjoyed that Pane Integral from Della Fattoria so much I tried baking it today, with a combination of 85% high extraction, white whole wheat, whole rye and pumpernickel flours and 80% hydration (Mr. Ponsford's formula from the March 2011 BBGA newsletter; Shiao-Ping made a beautiful variation here ). Della Fattoria was quite close to Central Milling so I was able to stop in and get some high-extraction flour :^)
Mr. Ponsford's formula makes good bread, lighter than Della Fattoria's; both are delicious!
Hope you enjoyed the bakery pictures!
Happy baking everyone,