Coming Back to Full Circle Baking Company in Penngrove
- Melanie Wong
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, heres a piece in the local paper.
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.
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?