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bakery that will slice sandwich loaf lengthwise

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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  1. 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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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      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.

      1. re: SueBea

        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.

        1. re: SueBea

          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.

          1. re: flavrmeistr

            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.

      2. 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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        1. re: MikeR

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

          1. re: flavrmeistr

            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...

            1. re: KSlink

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

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                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...

                1. re: KSlink

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

        2. 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.

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

            1. 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!