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Bakery tales and flour trails

Sadly, the photo doesn't capture the magic and charm of the scene.

After a recent dinner at Holeman & Finch, my husband and I took an after-dinner stroll down Peachtree Road. Just up the block we stumbled upon a sight that made my heart sing.

As we approached the H & F Bread Co., we saw traces of white dust on the pavement. Closer to the shop, the dust formed tracks, clearly footprints. The powdery trails led in every direction, whispers of the bakery’s tale.

As we passed the entrance, the hum of the half-dozen employees inside accomplishing their tasks floated from the open doorway. A collection of rolls and breads of every sort rested on speed racks. An employee stepped outside, the cuffs of his black pants also liberally dusted with flour.

For some reason, the entire scene set against a pink-tinged sunset nearly brought tears to my eyes. The age-old imagery of a warm cozy bakery filled with the yeasty smells of freshly baked bread flooded my thoughts.

Maybe it was the baker in me. Maybe it was the cocktail from dinner. Whatever it was, the sight made my heart happy.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

5 comments Add your comment

FoodFan

July 22nd, 2011
3:05 pm

Are they letting you buy their bread there again? They did when they first opened, then switched to wholesale-only and wouldn’t let a customer walk in off the street and buy any. You have to go through all these small local marketplaces and stuff, which is not the same as buying it fresh/hot right there.

Has that changed now and you can buy bread there again?

Deanna

July 22nd, 2011
3:30 pm

I run past there on Saturday mornings and it’s so blissful to smell all the wonderful aromas that are floating out that front door!

Edward

July 24th, 2011
11:00 am

Living near H&F is certainly a pleasure. I do miss being able to pop into the bread company for some fresh loaves, though.

Fast Ray

July 24th, 2011
1:25 pm

A bakery in Atlanta making bread, that is a rare sight. Down here Publix is considered a good bakery! Bisquits here are wonderful but fresh Itailian bread with some butter is heaven.

This would be a good subject for best of, vs. best okra

Don gross

July 26th, 2011
6:37 pm

Would love to try your Bread.
I grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.;walked past Ebingers Bakery every day. The vents spewed forth the most splendid Aroma I can still feel after some 55 years !!
I live in Hollywood, ca. Thanks