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bakery that will slice sandwich loaf lengthwise

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SueBea Dec 9, 2012 02:01 PM

Looking for a bakery in the Falls Church or Alexandria or Arlington area where I can buy unsliced sandwich loaves and have them sliced lengthwise (easier to spread and then cut for tea sandwiches and canapes). Sue Bea

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    flavrmeistr Dec 10, 2012 07:47 AM

    Any bakery can do this. All they have to do is turn it 90 degrees and run it through the slicer length-wise. You shouldn't get an argument.

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      SueBea Dec 12, 2012 03:48 PM

      Yes, Flavrmeistr, you understood. But I want to buy the unsliced loaf + have the bakery slice it lengthwise. Needs to be a long sandwich load, like Wonderbread or Sunshine or even Pepperidge Farm makes, just not pre-sliced. it's to make tea sandwiches; much faster to make if you can spread whatever filling you are using along a long slice of bread than if you have to spread it on many regular sandwich sized square pieces of bread. Of course you also have to cut the crusts off first, and it is helpful to freeze the break before doing that, as your crusts will come off cleaner.

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        MikeR Dec 13, 2012 04:23 AM

        Oh, now I get it. Youi want it sliced into several normal slice width slices, but lengthwise, so you get maybe 4 or 5 rectangles about 3/8" thick, the length and width of the loaf. I was thinking you wanted it sliced once, down the middle (and wondered why you didn't have a knife to do it yourself) and couldn't figure out what kind of sandwiches you were going to make from that.

        I suppose it might be possible, then, to put the loaf lengthwise through a multi-blade slicer if the guides that keep fingers from being sliced will allow it.

        Have a nice party.

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          flavrmeistr Dec 13, 2012 10:30 AM

          Many of the in-store bakeries (Giant, Safeway, etc.) bake regular white sandwich bread, though maybe not quite as insipid as the kind you're looking for. Make a few calls.

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            Bacardi1 Dec 14, 2012 09:01 AM

            To be honest, mom's pinwheels did really require somewhat "insipid" bread. The type that would smush down a bit when gone over with a rolling pin. It's what made the bread roll nicely around the filling without breaking or cracking.

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              flavrmeistr Dec 14, 2012 01:42 PM

              I get it. Good luck.

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        MikeR Dec 10, 2012 10:36 AM

        Really? Maybe I don't understand. Sandwich loaf like Wonder Bread (RIP)? Or like a sub sandwich roll or baguette? Or are you wanting to make "half sandwiches" from a standard loaf? That would suggest slicing normally, and also slicing lengthwise.

        Most bakeries use a multi-blade slicer that doesn't lend itself to having the loaf turned lengthwise, but I would expect that any bakery would have a slicing knife and would be happy to slice your purchase any way you like. I'd suggest that you show how you want it sliced, though, in case the clerk at the bakery is as dense as I am and can't figure out what you want.

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          flavrmeistr Dec 10, 2012 10:49 AM

          An unsliced loaf, turned lengthwise, and put through the slicer.

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            KSlink Dec 10, 2012 10:57 AM

            The area in front of the slicing blades is not always wide enough to handle a loaf of bread turned lengthwise.....and slicing a tilted loaf of bread does not yield a good result...

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              flavrmeistr Dec 10, 2012 11:03 AM

              My cousin the commercial baker says, "no problem". The only problem is if you have something wider than the slicer can accommodate.

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                KSlink Dec 10, 2012 11:08 AM

                The slicer I most recently worked with had an angled edgeplate in order to "hold" the loaves in place, hopefully not all models are like that...

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                  flavrmeistr Dec 10, 2012 11:25 AM

                  Yes. Otherwise, how would they slice those 12-14" rounds?

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          ivysmom Dec 13, 2012 05:55 PM

          You should call around, many bakeries would not want to cut bread you bought elsewhere. They may not normally have the kind of pullman loaf you're looking for, but you might be able to special order it. I don't think you'd want Wonder Bread (if it was available) or Sunshine, they are too soft. Pepperidge Farm makes a couple firmer breads but, as you said, they come sliced.

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            wayne keyser Dec 16, 2012 01:59 PM

            You might have an easier time just buying a couple of those loaves of mini-tea-sandwich bread (awful as they can be).

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              cchoi61 Dec 17, 2012 12:54 PM

              Any korean bakery...there are a couple in Annandale and Rockville (Shilla Bakery), just grab one of the unsliced white bread loaves, and ask them to slice. I would highly recommend Korean white bread for your tea sandwiches as they are extremely soft and quite buttery. Good luck!

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