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Making Bread during Quarantine


3 years ago, Christmas season of 2017, Andrew watched an Alton Brown video about making your own bread.

And thus began one of the most glorious seasons of my life—the time when Andrew learned how to make bread. And how do you learn? By trying over and over again (and then your wife gobbling it all up).

See photo that Kate proudly took of Andrew's first batch.

Last year in September, we celebrated my love of bread and the store's 7th Anniversary with a Bread Warmer Event & Bakery Pop-Up.

We featured our most popular gift item: bread warmers! Each bread warmer set comes with a ceramic oven stone to keep your bread warm throughout dinner paired with a handwoven basket.

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Back to our Breadwarmer event last year... local baker Stephanie from "Kuluntu" sold delectable loaves of bread, inspired by South African flavors. Kuluntu Bakery was voted “Best Bread Delivery Service in Dallas” by D Magazine in 2019. The meaning of “kuluntu” is “community” in isiXhosa, a South African language of the amaXhosa people.

Fast forward to today, and Andrew hasn't made a whole lot of bread recently (HINT HINT ANDREW), but has added new video chefs that he loves— top of the list are:

  • Andrew Rea from "Binging with Babish" and "Basics with Babish" on YouTube
  • Jon Favreau from the movie "Chef" and "The Chef Show" on Netflix

For Jon Favreau's bread recipes, check out "The Chef Show" on Netflix, season 3, the "Pasta a la Raimi" episode.

Also here's a great video on YouTube from Andrew Rea's "Binging with Babish" for some basic bread recipes:

Want to take it to the next level AND support local? Check out Kuluntu's Virtual Sourdough 101 Class:

"We will host the class using Zoom on April 4th and 11th. It will be from 11 am-5 pm, with a two hour break from about 2-4 pm. We will email out a supply list, including alternatives for items you may already have at home, along with a guide to get your starter ready for the class. We are also selling fresh starter and bread making kits for Dallas locals, and shipping out dehydrated starter for those not local.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this survey: Feel free to share with friends and family! Looking forward to virtually baking with y'all!" - Kuluntu Bakery

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