Let's talk about...you guessed it, bread! Not just any old bread though. Today, let's talk about artisan bread. Do you know what it means when your bread is labeled "artisan"? By definition, artisan bread is bread made by hand, using high-quality ingredients. Further simplified to: quality over quantity. Artisan bread baking is about a stronger focus on the quality of each individual loaf as opposed to mass producing many loaves of the same kind of bread.
Though it does not necessarily have anything to do with art, that does not mean that artisan bread cannot be artistic in its own way. Actually, when you think about it, the whole prospect of crafting delicately made and expertly created loaves is a form of art itself. Bakers are sometimes so proud of their artisan loaves that they almost don't want to sell them! Almost...
From the types of ingredients that are used to where the ingredients come from and how the ingredients are stored in the bakery, to the processes used to make the dough and the baking process itself, all fall under the category of artisan bread.
The beautiful thing here is that each individual bakery can apply their own unique and special skills to making their loaves. A whole wheat loaf that one baker makes can taste quite different from a whole wheat loaf from a different baker just down the street. This also makes it a bit of an art form because each professional baker can apply their own trademark technique to their loaves.
If you haven't had artisan bread yet, we strongly encourage you to do so. Please, give it a shot. Such a loaf purchased from a bakery like ours will give you a totally different perspective on bread. If you want to sample one or two of many different selections of artisan bread, swing by our bakery at 1877 Drew St. Clearwater, Florida. We are always happy to introduce people to the flavor, sustenance, and the experience that is artisan bread.