Gallery: Behind the Scenes: The Bread Basket at Commerce

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.
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.