Tis The Truth!
Alarm went off at 2:25AM. Matt popped up. I snoozed. I still don’t know how he does it. Body clock? I was ready to go in about 20 minutes and we were off in the dark.
Arrived a few minutes early and donned the aprons!
And of course, the comfy shoes!!
Baker’s best friend
We got right to work on dough mixing. Our job was “Sponge and Dough,” which involves making…sponge and dough! The sponge is the yeasty watery sugary mixture and the dough involves the rest of the flour and all mixins – like walnuts, seeds and apples.
Here’s a bunch of seeds ready to go – millet, sunflower, pumpkin
I didn’t get hungry for about a hour and then we made coffee
The coffee definitely held me over for a while
And I tried a small slice of their Gluten-Free Bread.
For gluten free, it was really good. Especially the GF cinnamon chip!! It’s up to each individual location to decide all of their recipes, and GH Piper Glen just started making these 3-4 weeks ago. It’s hard for single locations to make them because of the flour mill. GH Piper Glen is a second satellite location to the Kings’s Drive location where the mill is, so they make the GF bread in a very well protected and sterilized area on a day when other breads are not being made.
Around 6:00 we ate our “real” breakfast – a hot Blueberry Bran muffin just baked!!
We each had half and I gobbled it down way too fast! I was surprised how satisfying just half a muffin was.
I also had a few canned peaches – I forgot to grab a fresh one before i left!
More doughs were made..
And more sweets!
And more coffee!
At 7 it was time for kneading!! Hundreds of loaves! In my opinion shaping loaves is the hardest part – it takes a while to get used to each dough’s personality and the different techniques.
Cinnamon Chip for Caitlin!
Baking away!! Matt was also the Baker today.
The morning went by really fast, actually. Matt fed me a few more tastes of bites of bread, like this Cinnamon Chip
A taste of Banana Walnut Scuffin
A tiny Whole Wheat Sourdough roll fresh from the even stuffed with cheese!! (“Lunch”?!)
And finally a bite of Mediterranean Olive bread.
Hard to believe an 8 hour workday was over and it was only 11AM!!
I wasn’t so much tired from getting up early, but really tired from being on my feet for 8 hours. I definitely needed bread for fuel!!
Once I got home I took a 45 minute nap, which I’m not sure did much.
Then I took a fabulous shower.
And then made a kale + berry smoothie. All I was in the mood for!
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Almond
- 5 big kale leaves
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup OJ
- Half cup water
It tasted great, but it had a really iron-y aftertaste that I’m not so much enjoying right now
Hoping to get some work done for the Summit + my blog today so I can take tomorrow off a bit. Tonight we’re going out with Karen for Restaurant Week again! The show must go on.
Edited To Add:
I meant to explain a little about our plans for our bakery.
I DO intend to work at the bakery. No, that’s not a waste of an RD degree!! In fact, all my foodservice and food safety training is going to come in handy dandy RDs work in such a variety of fields that my jobs as a healthy food blogger and bakery owner are actually quite the perfect fit. Not all RDs work in a clinical setting, and I never intended to go into clinical (I had orignially wanted to open a private practice but I think already having duel small businesses means I will probably not venture in the private practice direction any more than online consultations someday…)
So, Matt, Karen (my mother-in-law, who is moving to Cville too) and I are going to split the work to our strengths:
Matt with the food science and all operations
Karen with the bookkeeping, legal, payroll paperwork
Me with the marketing, PR, community relations, customer service and bread eating
At least initially, I expect to do a LOT of the hands-on bakery work. But as we get more comfortable with our staff, I hope to step back my hours to part time so I can continue on other paths of life (blog, book, kids!)
We hope to open doors late this fall in downtown Charlottesville on Market Street. That is if we can ever get our lawyers to agree on these lease negotiations!!