Ah, these customers – they make you work hardest when you’re at your tiredest.
Just starting a well deserved week’s rest before the Christmas rush but before we finish we have to do a Thanksgiving bake for our American customers. So for specials we do Thanksgiving Bread, New York Rye and Orange & Cumin Flatbread.
With the main weekly special I would expect to do 7 or 8 small and around 10 large loaves on a Thursday and fewer – 4 or 5 small, 7 or 8 large – on a Friday. This week it was 9 small and 17 large on Thursday and 7 small and 17 large on Friday. One customer, who throws a big Thanksgiving dinner for the other ex-pats, ordered 5 large specials and 15 baguettes.
It’s fantastic bread though – wheat and rye flours, rye starter plus pecans and cranberries soaked in bourbon and orange juice. Mind it’s really heavy dough to work – moan, moan, moan.