Back when I grew up, white bread was our staple. It came from the supermarket, pre-sliced and packed into tightly sealed plastic bags. On rare occasions, we got rye bread, bagels for breakfast, and braided challah for Friday nights. White bread was everyday “business.” Grilled cheese on white bread, tuna sandwiches on white bread, white bread toasted and topped with butter and cinnamon sugar. Kids in Ann Arbor nowadays benefit from the Bakehouse’s positive presence, and for many, well-made artisan bread is “normal.” Thanks to the creative, skilled, and hard-working crew at the Bakehouse, we can now, it seems, have it both ways: Bakehouse White is very much the sort of high-quality artisan loaf that Ann Arbor bread lovers have come to expect. And, it also has some of the comfort and emotional connection that take me back to my childhood!
What makes Bakehouse White so better than what my mother used to bring home? Better flour is a good beginning—these loaves are made from organically grown wheat. We use smaller amounts of commercial yeast, butter in place of commercial shortening, and a small bit of sugar, fresh milk, and eggs. It has a delicacy and deliciousness that, I forecast, just might make you—or your kids—happy in a wholesome, artisan sort of way. Amy Emberling, managing partner at the Bakehouse, shared with a smile the other day how much she’s been enjoying it.
“I made club sandwiches on Bakehouse White bread for dinner one night. The next night I made something different for everyone else, but I made myself another club sandwich. It’s in a way comfort food because of its familiarity and simplicity. It has greater integrity, chew, and flavor, than the white bread of my childhood, making it more satisfying.”
Unlike Paesano, where the big holes in the dough that we love so much make it sub-optimal for peanut butter and jelly, Bakehouse White works wonderfully well. And of course, the Bakehouse White is also great for grilled cheese, terrific for tuna, and you can turn a couple slices into some pretty fine cinnamon toast in about two minutes! Kudos to the Bakehouse for once again, turning the incredibly ordinary into some exceptionally good eating!
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