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Aug 23, 2004 11:27 PM

Coming Back to Full Circle Baking Company in Penngrove

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Last Friday I got out of traffic and detoured through Penngrove for a second visit to the new bakery. There were knotted loaves of challah on the counter, and a notice that breakfast (e.g., waffles, granola) is served on Saturdays. I picked up a day-old walnut raisin bread sliced loaf and a slab of feta torta.

Knoshing on the bread in the car, I was impressed by how well it showed with moist chewy crumb and crusty exterior, even as day old. It has more voids and heavier texture than the first time I sampled this style, an improvement over the earlier efforts. I liked it even more toasted for breakfast the next day.

The feta torta had two lines of green pesto and one thicker stripe of roasted yellow pepper. I liked the tanginess of the fluffy cheese body better than versions made with more marscapone.

For more about baker/owner, Keith Giusto, here’s a piece in the local paper.


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  1. Full Circle Baking Co. has a vendor site at the Santa Rosa Farmers' Mkt at the Vets Bldg. on Wednesday mornings. I am noshing on a loaf of the Garlic Cheese and loving every bite! Also, excellent is the Power bread.
    Keith's wife is doing the deli section at the Bakery ! Another must-stop on the road between here and there.

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    1. re: Cynthia

      Grabbed some of this bread at the Healdsburg Farmers' Mkt last Saturday, and boy was it good! Especially the sourdough!

    2. The Penngrove store no longer has a deli, though they seem to sell loaves of bread there. Call before making the trip. They're still at SR Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.

      Full Circle Baking Co.

      (707) 794-9445

      2 Replies
      1. re: Stephanie Sugars

        >SR Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.

        Do you mean Sunday mornings?

        1. re: Mick Ruthven

          Santa Rosa - sorry! It's on Wednesday & Saturday mornings at the Veteran's Memorial Building just off Highway 12 & 101 in Santa Rosa.

          I've no idea whether Full Circle makes it to San Rafael Farmers' Market on Sundays.

      2. how's the challah? i have yet to find a bay area challah that has the rich, moistness i crave from my childhood. I did get one at the Sausalito farmer's market very early in the season, but i have no idea who the bakery was>>>>anyone know?