Hi! Alex and I have been running around and away from our computers most of the week. We have a couple posts coming for you soon, but in the meantime here’s a quickie.
Today we visited King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. Their on-site store had more baking products than I knew existed. Not surprisingly, they have a lot of flours. I mean a lot. King Arthur has been milling flours since 1790, making it the oldest company in the US that’s still creating the original product it started off with. I was excited about their high-gluten flour (good for bagels, I think) and their pumpernickel flour. I was amazed by their European-style, French-style and Irish-style flours (wow…they’re all different?).
They also had their signature Special Flour in 100 lb bags, which is apparently the secret weapon behind a lot of professional bakeries. I’m not certain what makes it “special.” Maybe because its blend is patented? Mind blowing that there are patented flours. (*Update: see the comments below for a correction and more info.)
They also had a lot of yeast, though in their on-site bakery they seem to swear by the Saf instant yeast. The yeast measuring spoon was probably the most absurd item in the store, second to the onion goggles (designed to protect your eyes while cutting onions). Alex wouldn’t let me post the picture of him wearing the onion goggles, but I can assure you he looked really cool in them.
I was excited about their dried whole milk. I’ve only seen non-fat before. This would be great for one of my ice cream recipes…and backpacking. (Anyone know what non-diastatic malt powder is??)
I was also totally smitten by their amazing selection of chocolate chips, their Vietnamese cinnamon and the endless varieties of vanilla extracts and pastes.
I was a little mystified by the gummy Blueberry Jammy Bits, though. Are they like putting gummy candies in your baked goods? I can’t picture too many things I would use these for. The color of the lemon ones scared me a bit. Any ideas out there?
Alex’s favorite product in the whole store? Not the amazing and never-before-seen baking products. No, it was the Fluff (but, hey, at least it’s vegetarian! No gelatin).
More on our pizza making class at King Arthur next week! Have a great weekend!