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Sep 18, 2006 07:23 PM

Bread recommendations for home-made BLT?

OK, I have the Fatted Calf bacon and my home-grown Oregon Spring and Black Prince tomatoes. What bread will stand up to my ingredients? Saturday I kept getting to bakeries right after closing: Cheeseboard, Bread Workshop.

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  1. I use Acme Pain au Levain. You might drop by Tuesdays Farmers Market to get avocados and Blue Heron Little Gems.

    1. Acme's Pullman loaf would be the classic.

      I would use Vital Vittles whole wheat. It's very soft but firms up when toasted to a golden brown, and pairs well with tomatoes.

      1. Ok, an even worse recomendation because it is in SF Ferry Plaza on Saturday, but I would be remiss not to add it ... Downdown Bakery's Como bread ... it is a dense, yeasty white bread ... no chewey sourdough crust to interfere with the BLT. It is like a loaf of classic house-baked white bread, but that dense texture is just the perfect match for tomatoes.

        Closer to home, I'd say Bread Garden's Salt Rising bread would be a nice match. The bakery slices the bread so you have uniform slices.

        I'm not so into cutting my own rough-hewn slices from loaves like Acme for BLT's. The thickness interferes with the sandwich ... but others may have better luck with slicing.

        Don't spit at me but ... House of Bread in Albany next to Nizza La Bela makes some nice organic breads and they slice. EVERY bread can be sampled, so you can decide how it would fit with your BLT tastes. No, it is not rock-star name bread. Yes, it is a franchise ... but flour is ground in-house and the breads are also made from scratch. Also, they have pretty long hours.

        Semi-freddi is ok and they slice too.

        1. I'm a big fan of the Acme Pain au Levain, but The Bread Garden's Pan French would be nice too.

          1. when i'm in a poached egg on toast or bacon, tomato, cucumber on toast mood, I'll just buy the generic white bread at walgreens.