Gallery: Behind the Scenes: The Bread Basket at Commerce

Baking stone
Baking stone

Anything crusty, such as the Pain d'Epi or pretzels, gets baked on a stone to give it an extra crispy crust.

Pain d'Epi
Pain d'Epi

Fresh out of the oven!

One more!
One more!

This is the beginning of something good.

Taking shape
Taking shape

This is a special rustic bread that Heather makes with scraps of sausage and cheese, which you can find at Smorgasbrewery.

Taking shape
Taking shape

The metal rounds give the unwieldy dough some shape.

Top it off
Top it off

A drizzle of oil...

Top it off
Top it off

...and a sprinkle of cheese, and they're oven-bound!

The finished deal
The finished deal

Ready for devouring.

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The bread basket
The bread basket

If you love variety then this bread basket is definitely for you. The beautiful array of breads changes by day and by season, though the crowd favorites are always there. Now I'm not one to fill up on bread before the meal, but there's no way I would pass on this.

Poppy seed rolls
Poppy seed rolls

Pretty little rolls about to be baked.

Poppy seed rolls
Poppy seed rolls

But first, they get scored with a snip of the scissors.

Roll out
Roll out

There's nothing quite like a beautiful heap of bread fresh from the oven.

The holding area
The holding area

The rolls get stashed while they wait for a basket that needs filling.

Pretzels
Pretzels

Commerce's mini pretzels are a signature feature of their bread basket.

Pretzels
Pretzels

They begin as little rolls of dough...

Pretzels
Pretzels

Small clumps of dough get rolls into tiny cigar-shapes.

Pretzels
Pretzels

Which then get stretched thin...

Pretzels
Pretzels

...and pretzel-fied!

Heather, the baker
Heather, the baker

This is Heather, the baker at Commerce. She could make pretzels in her sleep.

Pretzels
Pretzels

So many pretzels!

Getting dunked
Getting dunked

The pretzel twists then go for a quick boil...

Pretzels
Pretzels

Freshly boiled!

Pretzels
Pretzels

And with a sprinkling of salt...

Pretzels
Pretzels

...they're ready for baking!

Pain d'Epi
Pain d'Epi

The baguette dough is standing by, waiting to become Pain d'Epi, a classic French bread.

Pain d'Epi
Pain d'Epi

It gets snipped into a wheat stalk shape.