The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary BreadI’d like to take a moment off from my regularly scheduled cornucopia of movie and book reviews, writing observations, woodshed updates and dental complaints to tell you all about something The Wife is up to.

She’s started a business.

Ever since I’ve known Denisa, she’s wanted to be able to eat good, quality European bread as often as possible. We would go to bakery after bakery, bread store after bread store, in search of the best bread. Sometimes she found some (New York City, Panera), but it was never quite right for her. She’s also been trying out recipe after recipe, tinkering with some, tossing out others, trying to get it down. Finally, about a year ago, she came across one that she liked quite a bit, and she used that as a base to start experimenting more.

Cut to today, when she’s actually baking bread and selling it to other people, who are actually paying her money to do this. Check out her Facebook site for more information, including prices, types of bread for sale, and other info.

Her goal right now is to make enough money to get a new oven. If that goal comes through, she’d like a second fridge (to store all the dough she’s got on hand for the bread. Speaking from experience, putting something away in our fridge these days is far more reminiscent of a game of Tetris than I’d like it to be). Right now, she’s delivering bread to campus, but in a few weeks, she should also be selling bread in an actual store, as well. Orders have been quite plentiful so far, and there haven’t been any complaints. She’s got a certified kitchen, and very pleased with how well it’s all going.

What do I have to do with this? Not a whole lot. I’m a cheerleader. I deliver the bread sometimes. I take some of the money. And I eat a lot of the product. I can vouch for it all, and I’m looking forward to new experiments on the horizon. Chocolate bread? Orange Roll Loaves? Bring it on. ๐Ÿ™‚

So head on over to Breadweavers and like the page. Order fifty loaves. I need that new refrigerator so I can put the milk away more easily. ๐Ÿ™‚

4 thoughts on “Breadweavers”

  1. (I pressed enter by mistake). As I was saying:-) Hi Bryce-I like your blog. Good luck to Denisa and her oven project. She should put it on Kickstarter. Why not? Central Maine is in desperate need of good bread. btw, we have one more connection besides you writing a blog for my favorite library-the book you featured was written by a JWU instructor. I worked there for five years placing culinary and baking/pastry students into co-ops and internships. I placed the student featured in the picture, but I do not remember where. I just remember she had the most incredible handwriting. Takes a lot of precise-ness (don’t go all librarian on me) to be a great bread baker. Maybe it is not such a surprise. JWU has an incredible program.

  2. Chicken–Cool! I had no idea someone would have a personal connection to the book pic. That’s a fantastic bread baking book, BTW. Big fan. And I’ll pass the kickstarter idea on to Denisa. It’s worth a shot.

    Firecracker–unfortunately, she doesn’t. I think the bread would be too stale by the time it made it to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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