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Breadtopia https://breadtopia.com As both an online store and active internet community, we're always around to help. How did it get there? Is it a dream?

Here at Breadtopia you will find video tutorials; recipes; premium baking ingredients, Breadtopia-branded heirloom grains, flours, and sourdough starter; hand-picked, high-quality baking gear and supplies; and access to the friendliest, most dedicated baking community you could ever hope to meet. If you find yourself in the neighborhood and want to visit the shipping warehouse, be sure to give us a call first — we'll be happy to set up a time that works for us both.

Here at Breadtopia you will find video tutorials; recipes; premium baking ingredients, Breadtopia-branded heirloom grains, flours, and sourdough starter; hand-picked, high-quality baking gear and supplies; and access to the friendliest, most dedicated baking community you could ever hope to meet. If you find yourself in the neighborhood and want to visit the shipping warehouse, be sure to give us a call first — we'll be happy to set up a time that works for us both.

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This fluffy milk bread has a subtle acorn squash flavor 🍂 The bread is soft and fragrant, and can lean sweet or savory. ...
10/15/2022

This fluffy milk bread has a subtle acorn squash flavor 🍂 The bread is soft and fragrant, and can lean sweet or savory. It's perfect for French toast, avocado toast, sandwiches and more.

Although the tangzhong method slows staling, it's so tasty you'll probably tear right through it!

Yeast and sourdough versions here: https://bit.ly/3S7RYmG

After mixing dough, this is often all I have left in my sourdough starter jar. I feed that smear some flour and water (P...
10/13/2022

After mixing dough, this is often all I have left in my sourdough starter jar.

I feed that smear some flour and water (Photo 2), let it get bubbly (Photo 3 about 7 hours later), then refrigerate until the next bake. Depending on when that is, a few days vs. longer, and how much bread I want to make, I use the starter as is or feed it again.

At Breadtopia we're always pushing against the dogma that there's one correct way to manage starter. Some people do the method I just described; some make a separate starter build for each bake; some use cold starter that's fed once a month; and likely some of you have other unique methods. Please comment and share!

And if you want to see some research (comparison bakes), check out this experiment we did in 2019 with cold old starter and ripe starter:
http://bit.ly/2lQrCMN

Power outage or broken oven? Here's a neat guide to baking bread with tea lights (in German with subtitles).
10/11/2022
Blackout Brot, backen ohne Strom, mit Teelichtern! Auch für Prepper

Power outage or broken oven? Here's a neat guide to baking bread with tea lights (in German with subtitles).

Was ist ein Blackout Brot? Ein Blackout-Brot richtet sich nicht nur an Prepper, sondern in erster Linie, an alle! Wir wissen nie was passiert und in der Verg...

Here's a low-key recipe for a mostly whole grain sourdough: https://bit.ly/3RMFy3t A perfect daily bread for the whole f...
10/08/2022

Here's a low-key recipe for a mostly whole grain sourdough: https://bit.ly/3RMFy3t A perfect daily bread for the whole family, wheat and white bread lovers alike. The flour choices make for a soft crumb, mellow and delicious flavor, and a lot of whole grain fiber and nutrients.

We have a delicious Whole Grain Challah yeast recipe by Eric: https://bit.ly/3SzDhdh This soft bread is ideal for baked ...
10/04/2022

We have a delicious Whole Grain Challah yeast recipe by Eric: https://bit.ly/3SzDhdh This soft bread is ideal for baked French toast, a dish that sometimes breaks that fast of Yom Kippur, and for sandwiches and snacking. For this pair, I used 2/3 bread flour and 1/3 whole grain rouge de bordeaux flour without a hydration change.

The spice blend in these pumpkin donuts is quite entrancing and they're so easy to make. Dip the donuts in the coffee ic...
10/01/2022

The spice blend in these pumpkin donuts is quite entrancing and they're so easy to make. Dip the donuts in the coffee icing for a "pumpkin spice latte donut" or try the cinnamon-sugar topping that's less sweet. These are baked with high extraction khorasan flour for a buttery wheat flavor but substitutions will work fine.

Find the recipe here: https://bit.ly/3LUJhLb

Simple but decorative scoring of three differently shaped doughs of equal weight. I'm using the updated Breadtopia lame ...
09/27/2022
Simple Decorative Scoring of Three Bread Shapes

Simple but decorative scoring of three differently shaped doughs of equal weight. I'm using the updated Breadtopia lame with a design that holds the blade more securely.

Simple but decorative scoring of three differently shaped doughs of equal weight, using the updated Breadtopia lame with a design that holds the blade more s...

Decorative scoring how-to with a diagram! Give it a try or make a spin-off design of your own.
09/24/2022
Detailed Dough Scoring

Decorative scoring how-to with a diagram! Give it a try or make a spin-off design of your own.

Step-by-step summary at the end of the video.

09/20/2022

Testing some new scoring patterns and lames. More videos to come.

We baked a bread from the UK with Queen Elizabeth II in mind, the Scottish bannock, a quick bread that's surprisingly de...
09/17/2022

We baked a bread from the UK with Queen Elizabeth II in mind, the Scottish bannock, a quick bread that's surprisingly delicious and easy to make.

Our recipe has the traditional, tasty oat flour, sprouted wheat flour for natural mild sweetness and extra nutrient bioavilability, and the option to use sourdough starter discard.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3UeLlBo

Here's the new Goose Lame by Wire Monkey that we're carrying in our shop:
09/13/2022
Goose Lame in Action!

Here's the new Goose Lame by Wire Monkey that we're carrying in our shop:

The Wire Monkey Goose lame is good for both fine detail and deep slash scoring in sourdough bread due to the unique curved handle which allows you to grip it...

Sourdough multi-wheat fruit and nut bread recipe ➣ https://bit.ly/3Buc717 This bread is a symphony of flavor with figs, ...
09/10/2022

Sourdough multi-wheat fruit and nut bread recipe ➣ https://bit.ly/3Buc717 This bread is a symphony of flavor with figs, raisins, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, and a multitude of wheats with baking spice aromas, buttery notes, and a bit grassiness.

The dough is scaled to a long Pullman pan, but you can also bake it in a smaller pan or as an artisan-style bread.

This started as a "dump" dough to empty out a bunch of bags of wheat berries and dried fruit, but it was proclaimed best...
09/07/2022

This started as a "dump" dough to empty out a bunch of bags of wheat berries and dried fruit, but it was proclaimed best in class by my mother-in-law who's a connoisseur of fruit and nut breads, so I keep making it, usually as a freestanding bread. Now I'm trying to figure out how much dough is needed to fill a long pullman pan. This iteration was a little too small at 570g flour and 275g dried fruit and nuts.

Looking for something different from hamburger buns this weekend? Lotus Leaf Bao are steamed buns originally from China ...
09/03/2022

Looking for something different from hamburger buns this weekend? Lotus Leaf Bao are steamed buns originally from China that open up to hold all sorts of delicious fillings from the garden, grill, slow cooker, or baking sheet.

Yeast and sourdough versions plus detailed steaming instructions here: https://bit.ly/3q6FiB0

08/27/2022

New bakers are sometimes intimidated by sourdough, and experienced bakers sometimes want bread at the last minute but don't want a storebought loaf.

With this simple, hands-on process, you'll have a crusty loaf of fresh yeast-leavened 100% whole wheat bread within 3-to-4 hours of measuring the ingredients, and milling your own wheat if that's an option for you.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3dVB0tr

We've written a guide to baking sweets with whole grain flours: https://bit.ly/3dMd2AV The switch is easy and so rewardi...
08/20/2022

We've written a guide to baking sweets with whole grain flours: https://bit.ly/3dMd2AV The switch is easy and so rewarding. Learn more and see this carrot cake recipe as a case study using red fife and einkorn flours.

08/19/2022

Converting cake, cookie, and pastry recipes to whole grain flour 🌾 Blog post coming soon.

Yemarina yewotet dabo is an Ethiopian milk-and-honey bread baked in banana leaves, making the crust extra soft and impar...
08/13/2022

Yemarina yewotet dabo is an Ethiopian milk-and-honey bread baked in banana leaves, making the crust extra soft and imparting a sweet smoky flavor. It's filled with aromatic spices and is perfect for breakfast, a teatime snack, or dessert.

Learn more here https://bit.ly/3dhS4cG

I really enjoyed researching this bread and learning about the history of Ethiopia in the process, so you'll find a ton of links in the recipe blog post if you want to do a deeper dive too.

Recipes that fit in our batard and round clay bakers also fit in the oblong baker. The maximum dough weight is about 1.1...
08/06/2022

Recipes that fit in our batard and round clay bakers also fit in the oblong baker. The maximum dough weight is about 1.1 kg (2.5 lbs) which is about 4.5 cups flour or less, though for poofy white flour recipes, I'd stay under 4 cups/520g flour).

This is Eric's Artisan Rye recipe, an "aromatherapy" Swedish rye. It's 50:50 rye and bread flour, plus a lot of seeds and some orange zest. I used our new flavorful Serafino rye, and honey instead of molasses.

See how I scored a Swedish flag? That was on purpose 😉

Original recipe here: https://bit.ly/2A4imMx

"Making bread has forced me to become comfortable with the fact that intermittently I am going to make a bad choice. It ...
08/03/2022
How baking bread has helped me be more decisive - ABC Everyday

"Making bread has forced me to become comfortable with the fact that intermittently I am going to make a bad choice. It has helped me to focus on the bigger picture: most of the time the loaf of bread is going to rise."

Before I made bread, I agonised over choices in life. But baking is all about making decision after decision.

The recipe for this flavorful and tender bolles hard red spring wheat sourdough bread is up on the Breadtopia blog here:...
07/30/2022

The recipe for this flavorful and tender bolles hard red spring wheat sourdough bread is up on the Breadtopia blog here:

https://bit.ly/3So0cbU

Bolles wheat is high in protein as well as fiber and other nutrients, and it makes a dough with wonderful handling.⁠ This wheat was organically grown by Ben Penner Farms in Minnesota, and it's a relatively new varietal bred to thrive in extreme weather events. ⁠

Edit: The protein level of this harvest of bolles is 14.4%.

Hey whole grain bakers out there, I updated this blog post to have an index of our recipes that use only fresh-milled wh...
07/22/2022
Home Milling with my Mockmill

Hey whole grain bakers out there, I updated this blog post to have an index of our recipes that use only fresh-milled whole grain flour--from rustic country loaves to pop-tarts

Milling whole grains in my Mockmill meshes perfectly with my three intertwining goals as a baker/cook: great flavor, high nutritional value, and convenience.

Our pain de campagne recipe but with no autolyse, refrigerated starter that ripened days earlier, no active gluten devel...
07/19/2022

Our pain de campagne recipe but with no autolyse, refrigerated starter that ripened days earlier, no active gluten development, and a same-day bake thanks to crazy summer heat.

Here's the original recipe and (quite modifiable) methods:
http://bit.ly/2XVO0GA

* 300g bread flour
* 75g hard red spring wheat flour (whole grain, sprouted, freshmilled)
* 25g rye flour (whole grain, sprouted, freshmilled)
* 310g water
* 80g starter
* 8g salt

Strawberry-rhubarb einkorn crumble is an absolutely delicious, fiber-rich summer dessert. You get the flavor and feel of...
07/16/2022

Strawberry-rhubarb einkorn crumble is an absolutely delicious, fiber-rich summer dessert. You get the flavor and feel of pie, but a crumble is much easier to make with an ancient whole grain flour. You can even add sourdough starter to the crumble for some fermentation flavors. Serve with vanilla ice cream or enjoy it plain.

Recipe here: https://bit.ly/3ckCIne

Here's our recipe for pan pizza https://bit.ly/3NVCgc8 that you can build in the decadent and scrumptious Sicilian or De...
07/09/2022

Here's our recipe for pan pizza https://bit.ly/3NVCgc8 that you can build in the decadent and scrumptious Sicilian or Detroit styles, or a mash-up of the two. Pan pizza is perfect for summer because the oven time is brief, and it's a fantastic cookout appetizer or weekday meal.

Piadinas are popular flatbreads from the Romagna region of Italy. Check out our sourdough-optional recipe on the Breadto...
07/02/2022

Piadinas are popular flatbreads from the Romagna region of Italy. Check out our sourdough-optional recipe on the Breadtopia blog, with instructions for using different flours including whole grain farro/emmer.

https://bit.ly/3R7sfM7

These breads can range in thickness and are so tasty and convenient for all sorts of sandwiches and desserts (try Nutella or "crema di fichi" fig jam).

Piadina is an ancient Italian flatbread from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy that became a popular street food in the...
06/29/2022
Piadina (Italian Flatbread)

Piadina is an ancient Italian flatbread from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy that became a popular street food in the mid-1900s. Here are white flour piadinas, and I'm also working on a whole grain emmer/farro version 🌾

Piadina or piada is an ancient Italian flatbread made with just a few ingredients: flour, water or milk, olive oil or lard, salt, and sometimes baking soda. ...

Sesame durum rolls made from our classic Sicilian no knead sourdough bread recipe. The crust is crispy from baking in th...
06/25/2022

Sesame durum rolls made from our classic Sicilian no knead sourdough bread recipe. The crust is crispy from baking in the clay Hearth Baker and the golden crumb is so delicious. Enjoy hot out of the oven with melted butter, or use for sandwiches or even as a lean, mostly whole grain hamburger bun.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3NndJwx

This Lithuanian-inspired black rye bread has a delicious sweet-and-sour flavor with citrus and licorice notes. It's soft...
06/18/2022

This Lithuanian-inspired black rye bread has a delicious sweet-and-sour flavor with citrus and licorice notes. It's soft, chewy, and wonderfully dense -- perfect to eat solo, with butter or cheese, alongside soups, and as part of a sandwich. ⁠

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3mVl4sz

Check out the neat color difference in the sprouted rye grains on the right. Sprouting also changes the inside of the gr...
06/17/2022

Check out the neat color difference in the sprouted rye grains on the right. Sprouting also changes the inside of the grain: activating nutrients and making them more absorbable, converting more complex starches into simple sugars⁠, and making bread with more volume and slower staling.⁠

Sourdough buckwheat crepes are both a fast food (ready in minutes) and a slow food (let the starter ferment the batter i...
06/11/2022

Sourdough buckwheat crepes are both a fast food (ready in minutes) and a slow food (let the starter ferment the batter if you want). They're so tasty and versatile. Here I've filled them with strawberries, whipped cream, and dulce de leche.

Recipe: https://bit.ly/3MHN25e

Sourdough English Muffins with whole grain flour and all purpose flour at a ratio of 40:60. I've made this recipe with s...
06/04/2022

Sourdough English Muffins with whole grain flour and all purpose flour at a ratio of 40:60. I've made this recipe with spelt, red fife, Kamut/khorasan and pretty much every wheat variety in my pantry.
They're so delicious.

Check the recipe here: https://bit.ly/3ma5aKr

When the weather gets hot, I do more double batches of bread. Same amount of oven time but more output, and the extra lo...
06/03/2022

When the weather gets hot, I do more double batches of bread. Same amount of oven time but more output, and the extra loaf can be sliced and frozen or gifted.

Do you do anything different when it's hot out?

Learn about the process of mashing grains in our latest guest blog post by Corvus Corax:  https://bit.ly/3PO2Shs Apply t...
05/29/2022

Learn about the process of mashing grains in our latest guest blog post by Corvus Corax: https://bit.ly/3PO2Shs

Apply the method to traditional New England corn-and-molasses Anadama bread or try other mashed grains, such as rye, oats, buckwheat and more. ⁠

The mashing process combined with sourdough leavening brings out complex and delicious flavors in whatever grain or spice additions you choose, and the bread's texture comes out wonderfully soft, moist, and resistant to staling.⁠

Photos: ⁠
Turkey red wheat and purple corn⁠
Emmer and yellow corn with a seeded crust

All the nutrition and delicious flavors of nixtamalized corn and soft white wheat in a perfectly textured tortilla. Reci...
05/28/2022
Tortillas: Corn and Wheat

All the nutrition and delicious flavors of nixtamalized corn and soft white wheat in a perfectly textured tortilla. Recipe ↓

https://youtu.be/t_fe3KgPyVw

200g masa harina (~1 3/4 cups)
200g whole grain white sonora wheat (~1 1/2 cups)
60g avocado oil (~1/4 cup)
Approx 300g water, start with 200g and add more (1-1 1/3 cups)
9g salt (1 1/2 tsp)

We sell a tortilla flour blend that's a collaboration of Hayden Flour Mills and Masienda made with white olotillo corn masa harina and white sonora wheat -- almost identical to what I made here.

https://breadtopia.com/store/masienda-x-hayden-mills-tortilla-flour-blend/

Give the blend a try or make it yourself. These hybrid tortillas are amazing!

All the nutrition and delicious flavors of nixtamalized corn and soft white wheat in a perfectly textured tortilla.Recipe:200g masa harina (~1 3/4 cup)200g w...

Our scalding experiment write up is on the Breadtopia blog with research links and recipes for the scald and no-scald br...
05/21/2022

Our scalding experiment write up is on the Breadtopia blog with research links and recipes for the scald and no-scald breads.
https://bit.ly/3yN2QR2
The results surprised me. I didn't expect a dough that initially felt like cake frosting to gain structure and turn out so well, arguably better than the dough that initially felt stronger. Check it out via the link

The stickier dough became the more manageable one by shaping time. Scalding experiment writeup coming soon with these 10...
05/19/2022
May 19, 2022

The stickier dough became the more manageable one by shaping time. Scalding experiment writeup coming soon with these 100% whole grain spelt sourdough breads.

Clear breakdown of the benefits of sourdough bread. What's myth and what's not:
05/17/2022
Is Sourdough Bread Good for You?

Clear breakdown of the benefits of sourdough bread. What's myth and what's not:

Consumer Reports checks out the research to find out whether sourdough bread is good for you. Some claim it's healthier than conventional bread.

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400 North 2nd Street
Fairfield, IA
52556

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(641) 999-1225

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All kinds of bread and pizza and misc. baking supplies. www.breadtopia.com/store

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Can't say enough about your Live Sourdough Starter! Ordered it last week, fed it immediately as per the directions. Fed it for another day, then baked a loaf today with it. Super lively and super delicious yeasties. And there's still a bunch of starter left for more!!! Thank you!!!
Armature question, is 85 degrees F too warm for proofing bread dough?
My Breadtopia starter is ready to use! But for some reason I just can’t wrap my head around this one thing. Do I feed my starter, wait for it to rise, THEN take out what I need to bake bread? Or do I take what I need out the following day, BEFORE I feed what’s left?
We get our bolted Einkorn flour from Breadtopia. They have a great selection of various flours and grains. The quality and service is great. I have a wish list of some of their baking products.
My starter Bertie made from Breadtopia dry cultures fed with bread flour. A loaf of Sourdough sandwich loaf made in my breadmaker. Made with half Bread Flour and half Whole Wheat Flour. Makes great toast!
My sourdough starter that I started six days ago! I made my first sourdough bread in my bread maker! Great dry starter. Easy to activate according to Breadtopia website. Thank you!
Breadtopia is a fantastic company and stands by their products. I learned so much going on their website. If you like sourdough bread I highly recommend checking out Breadtopia!
Hello new to bread topia. I have questions about the products i rec'd anyone up to answer?
how long will my new live sourdough starter keep in the refrigerator before I activate for the first time?
I've been slacking on my sourdough diary and apparently on my sourdough bread pics too because I forgot to take a pic of the crumb (inside) of this loaf and we've already eaten most of it.

We're pulling in an insane amount of zucchini's, seems to be even more than previous years and am looking for anything to do with them and giving away as much as I can. I did a search for a zucchini sourdough bread recipe and found this one by Breadtopia https://breadtopia.com/zucchini-sourdough-bread/ It was one of the few I could find that was not made with sourdough discard or made in a loaf pan. Just a regular sourdough with a good portion of the water content replaced with zucchini. The yellow zucchini doesn't appear to have as much water content as the green ones so I ended up adding more water than the recipe called for. It turned out very well despite my forgetting to reduce the oven temp halfway through the bake.
Attention bread lovers!! Breadtopia
Just baked this No Knead loaf with 1/3rd Yecova Rojo from Breadtopia and 2/3rds Leji Artisan Baking Flour. The Vecova Rojo really improved the crust and flavor. Thank you Breadtopia.
My first try, Artisan Style Gluten-Free Bread, was for a neighbor so I didn't get to see the crumb but I will bake a 150% loaf tomorrow. What is the proper internal temperature of a finished loaf?
Mother's day sourdough. Western Australia 🌏
Right around this time last year, the popularity of home baking bread began to rise dramatically. 🍞 Eric Rusch, the founder of Breadtopia, could barely keep up with orders — but he was excited that more people were becoming as passionate about bread as he is. Learn more about how Breadtopia was born and Eric’s advice for new bread bakers in our latest blog post. https://raisenne.com/2021/03/25/the-rise-of-bread-baking-behind-the-scenes-with-the-founder-of-breadtopia/
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