STX: Where to find a decent loaf of bread?
Anyone? I'm so tired of putting butter and marmalade on toasted memory-foam. All the major grocery stores seem to have gone to the sugary-spongey-preservative-laden-square-pan crap in brightly colored packaging. Do any of you know of an alternative short of buying a bread machine?
If we can have excellent baguettes (Foodtown, Los Cidrines) then surely an edible slicing loaf for a modest price is achievable...
Ha, ha! After being here FOR YEARS, I finally found a bread I like, though you have to slice it.
I like the Italian bread from Plaza -not those airy French baguettes. I sliced up the loaf and froze it, and can now enjoy bread. I ate a few slices with butter when it was fresh, but then froze the rest.
There a resturaunt in Fred. That makes home made bread for their sandwiches. I can't recap the name but they have a sandwich called the beast. The resturaunt is called turtle something I think. AMAZING sandwiches and I bet they would sell u a loaf. It' may not be cheap but it's really tasty, and totally woth a try!
I second Cost-U-Less for sliced bread--good selection of (real) whole grain, non-high-fructose-non crap and low calorie breads. Plaza West also has some German brand of bread called "fitness bread" thats whole grain too. It comes in rye as well. Wierdly enough, its hidden away in the donut section next to the deli counter.
Yeast isn't that pricey - you get a lot from one jar. But I find that it is challenging to bake here in the humidity, I'm hoping for hints from one of our local bakers. Until then, I buy bread, but we honestly don't eat much bread.
Schooner Bay always has good submarine loaves, baguettes, sourdough, and other breads, as well as pastries. Food Town also always has a good variety every time I go buy. I like the long "Puerto Rican" submarine loaf, quite tasty, especially for sandwiches.
I've never had a problem baking bread here and the results are delicious! The dough rises quickly, the kneading is simple (very relaxing and fie upon electric "breadmakers"!) and the end result perfect whatever kind of bread you decide to make. Nor have I found it an expensive proposition at all. Make a batch and whatever you're not using right away freezes beautifully. So my answer is, "in your own kitchen".
For those that have success baking there own,...How about sharing your favorite bread recipes ?
I for one would appreciate it. We have a bread machine that was given to us but haven't used it much.
It would be helpful to describe the finished product too. Crispy crust, light, grainy, etc...:-)
I started making cornbread recently and playing with the recipe. It's yummy, with or without adding diced jalapenos.:D
are bread machines worth the trouble?
Only my opinion but no. First the size of the one loaf they make is small. Second they run on electricity so if WAPA goes out you'll have a bit of a messy uncooked blob to deal with. Third, to me bread making is one of those hands-on tactile delights and I enjoy the relaxation of the kneading and punching and forming. I'm in the middle of packing and moving right now but once I'm organized in my new place I'll dig out my favorite recipes and pass them on if anyone's still interested by then!
Thank you all for a great discussion! I've tried many of your suggestions. I LOVE Turtle's Deli, by the way, but it is exactly 50 mi round trip for me to get there, so it's a special-occasion kind of place.
The Cost-U-Less loaves of deli italian bread are pretty good, even frozen, but their availibility is spotty (as with everything else).
I've been trying to bake my own bread for years here, and I love the process, but it takes half a day (I work for a living) and getting consistent good results in a breezy, humid kitchen with a propane oven is next to impossible. Also, the clean-up is a nightmare.
The solution I hit upon is a Zojirushi 2# bread machine. It's on the costly end of the bread machine range, but Amazon shipped it here for $23.00!! My experience with bread machines in the past, like OldTart's, has been lukewarm at best. Apparently, however, they have come a long way in the 10 years or so that they've been popular. This one makes beautiful loaves of the proper shape and consistency every time (I'm on my 6th loaf now) without a cloyingly yeasty taste that plagued my previous machines/recipes. Once you set it up, you can go about your business. I made my second loaf while I was getting my truck inspected, and I returned home to a wonderful smell in the house and fresh warm bread. I am very pleased.
Memory foam......good one!
We have been purchasing bread and rolls, hot dog, hamburger and dinner at Thomas Bakery. Really priced good too!
(tu)Thomas Bakery definitely is a local favorite. It's in the Sunny Isles area by Red Cross and Caribe Do it Center. Fresh bread daily. If you get a hot loaf, I guarantee that the smell of it will have you eating half of it in your car. They've been in business from since the 80s.
Daniels Bakery is another favorite, located off Midland Road (Glynn/ Mon Bijou area) across from the John Woodson Jr High School.
Can't go wrong with a local butter bread. 😉