BREAD WAKENS PASSIONS LIKE FEW FOODS CAN. Right from the oven... warm... crusty... wonderfully aromatic! Pure yeast has worked its magic on fresh flours, giving birth to the staff of life.
Our bakers begin their alchemy at the break of dawn. They combine some of Nature's basic materials -- flours, water, sugar, salt and yeast -- to produce a soft resilient dough. After a time of kneading, the baker's sensitive touch can tell that the ingredients have "joined" and hat the time has come to let the dough relax, and rise.
Time ticks by, until the dough has about doubled in volume. Our baker gently press into the risen dough. If it does not fill back in, it's ready to be made into loaves.
Our baker takes some of the dough and rolls it out with a big, wooden rolling pin. Working quickly, lest the dough cool, the baker folds and shapes the dough, then places it into an oft-used brad pan, to rise again. At just the right moment, the dough is put into a hot oven, soon to become... bread!
Some of the dough has been kept aside. Cheddar cheese is mixed with the dough. Then pepperoni, spices, herbs are added. Our baker cuts the dough into three, thick strips, then deftly braids them together and set it into a pan to rise. Soon, it, too is in the oven.
When the loaves have turned a golden brown, one is removed from the oven and quickly turned out of its pan. Our baker taps it on the bottom, and listens to the sound. A properly baked loaf will sound done, as well as look done. When perfectly baked, the loaves are placed on a tray and brought proudly out to our bakery counter, and to you.
Perhaps you see why we call our breads "Homemade." They are not made by machines, but by people. Only sensitive human beings are able to feel when the dough is kneaded just right, and see when it has risen enough, and hear when it is perfectly baked.
Our bakers work their magic for you, right here at the Huntington Country Store. They prepare as many as 20 different kinds of breads. Each has its own feel, its own rate of rising, its own baking time, and of course, its own incredible aroma.
Please stop in soon and feast your eyes on what our bakers have created for you. We promise that you won't find baked goods quite like ours across the length and breadth of America. It's right here in Huntington, and it's here every day of the week. all year round. Come in and enjoy the magic.