Archive for August, 2011
Have you noticed that brioche buns seem to be a popular food trend these days? It’s nearly reached the height of ciabatta fame, which peaked a couple years back with appearances in fast food commercials. Today brioche burger buns are popping up on many restaurant menus and recipes calling for this bread are everywhere. The funny thing is, brioche is on record as being made over 600 years ago. It is believed to have originated with the Normans. Many years later came the famous Marie Antoinette quote “S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, commonly translated as “If they have no bread, let them eat cake”.
In case you’ve never had the pleasure of a soft, buttery slice of brioche, we’ll gladly fill you in. It’s really a small step away from being a pastry. It has a golden color and rich, soft texture from all the eggs and butter added to the flour, yeast and salt. It’s great on it’s own of course, but it makes rich bread pudding and french toast and takes sandwiches and burgers to another level.
So where can you find brioche from the Bakehouse? We offer it here in our bakeshop everyday in three varieties: small rolls with sea salt on top, a brioche tete (the traditional round fluted shape) or a large rectangular pan loaf. Stop in to the Bakehouse and ask for a taste or pick some up. Or special order some at Zingerman’s Deli, Zingerman’s Roadshow, Plum Market stores, East Lansing Food Coop, Nino Salvaggio’s stores in metro Detroit.
We also make a brioche bun for Frita Batido’s (with different proportions) in Ann Arbor, stop in to support them and try one! Also don’t miss out on bostock- a breakfast pastry we make from a thick slice of brioche brushed with orange simple syrup and topped with almond frangipane. (It’s good for dessert too!)
Brioche may be trendy right now, but it’s one of the top ten breads in world history because throughout the ages it has always tasted really great and that’s why we bake it!
Bread of the Month- Sicilian Sesame Semolina
Our semolina bread gets its beautiful golden crumb from durum wheat flour and it’s spectacular crust from a coating of unhulled sesame seeds. The flavor of this bread gets even better when it’s toasted or grilled. $4.50 this month (reg. $6.25)
Cake of the Month- Hummingbird
When Zingerman’s Roadhouse opened we were inspired to introduce many old time American favorites. Hummingbird cake is one of them. A traditional southern cake with toasted coconut, fresh bananas, toasted pecans and pineapple covered in cream cheese frosting. 20% off all hummingbird cakes and slices this month.
Potato Dill bread 8/26 & 8/27
Peppered bacon Farm bread 9/2 & 9/3
Blueberry Buckle 9/3
Green Olive Paesano 9/9 & 9/10
Call us and reserve yours today!
Try them all: Country peach, key lime, coconut cream, jumbleberry, blueberry, cherry, and pecan! Learn to make great pies at home in our hands on pie class!
10 AM Saturdays, the Bakehouse is the place to be for donut lovers. Try one filled with pastry cream and dipped in chocolate ganache, French Crullers with vanilla bean glaze or delicious apple fritters.