The Bakehouse Grain Commission project has made a remarkable difference in flavor. Products that were already really great – like our Vollkornbrot – have become amazing thanks to this undertaking of on-site milling of grains at the Bakehouse.
As baker Hazim Tugun writes, “part of the Zingerman’s ethos is ‘constant improvement,’ and we believed this bread could be revised to have improved flavor and texture.” The Vollkornbrot (which, in German, means simply “whole grain bread”) is made using organic rye that we’re getting from the thumb area of Michigan from the DKB Farm in Columbiaville. DKB’s whole rye is stone-milled fresh out here on Plaza Drive. The Bakehouse mixers take that fresh rye and start a sour from rye chops, sunflower seeds, and more whole grain rye flour—the natural fermentation goes for at least 12 hours. As per German baking tradition, the crew waits 24 hours to allow the loaves to “cure” and set up after the newly-baked bread comes out of the ovens.
Vollkornbrot like this is one of the staples of everyday German baking and eating. Dense, intense, full-flavored, and delicious, sliced thinly to make for some marvelous eating. There’s a complexity, a fantastic depth of flavor that reminds me of roasted coffee or even hints at the sorts of spiced Christmas breads that are so popular in Central Europe.
Vollkornbrot is great fresh sliced from the loaf, and equally excellent toasted. My favorite thing is to spread thin slices of it with the Creamery’s handmade Cream Cheese. The dark deep flavors and dense texture of the bread are a perfect counterpoint to the light, creamy, soft, spreadable artisan cream cheese. It’s also excellent with a thick layer of butter. Great for a ham sandwich, though I should make clear that it’s a thin, German-style sandwich, not the sort of stuffed, Deli sandwiches we love so much. It’s superb with smoked salmon. If you like things a bit sweeter, try it with the Cream Cheese and maybe a bit of that Rhubarb Marmalade from American Spoon.
You can get Vollkornbrot at the Bakeshop every day, and pick it up at the Deli by ordering ahead. We’re happy to ship some, too.
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