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Pawling Bread Company

by Anne Maxfield on March 18, 2019

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread FounderLike many people in the Pawling community, I’ve been awaiting the opening of Pawling Bread Company’s new bakery café.

For all of us, it’s been a tough winter, made worse by the lack of Cynthia Kinahan’s great sourdough breads.

Happily, that and the worst of the winter (we hope) is behind us.

At a run-through recently, we got to see what the café looks like and try some of the offerings.

It’s a clean open space with the café taking up two levels. Upstairs is a bright seating area with a balcony that will be open in the warmer weather. A large wooden communal table is centered in the room, with smaller tables around the periphery. In anticipation of holding local events, it’s set up with a projector and screen.

Before you head upstairs, place your order at the counter from the menu posted on the wall. Another wall is filled with the various breads, all looking Insta-worthy and available to go home with you, sliced or whole. There are a couple of tables downstairs and a bar to sit and watch the action from.

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Because bread is the star here, almost everything on the menu is bread-based.

There are toasts, which you can get either savory or sweet. My husband went for the tuna toast with nice chunks of Italian tuna in olive oil with capers, carrots and celery on toasted sourdough. Delicious and far from your standard deli tuna salad!

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Toast with TunaI went classic and treated myself to a grilled cheese panini. Grilled to a perfect golden brown, the surprise was the bread it was on—one of my favorites, raisin carraway. The occasional sweetness of the raisins worked well with the 3 cheese combo.

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Grilled CheeseFrank thought we should work our way through more of the menu, so he went back down to see what else we should taste. Shortly, his picks, both croissant-based were delivered to our table.

There was a plain croissant made into a breakfast sandwich with the addition of a fried egg. Simple goodness, highlighting the quality of ingredients.

A pain au chocolate was his other choice. While I’m generally not a big fan, always preferring a plain croissant and a mug of hot chocolate, this was a prime example. Perfect pastry and a nice big chunk of dark chocolate.

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Pain au ChocolateThere will be a daily soup and there’s a salad option of baby spinach, goat cheese, roasted beets,

blood orange, spiced nuts and seeds with currant vinaigrette which looked delicious.

For your caffeine fix, they offer Forty Weight Coffee in most of the usual ways and as a tribute to Cynthia’s background, kopi, a Malaysian-style coffee as well as a nice assortment of teas from Octavia Teas.

Besides the great breads, there is an assortment of cheeses to take home with you as well as some other well-chosen local items.

Pawling Bread Company will be open Saturdays 8-3 and Sundays 8-2.

Follow them on Facebook for updates and specials.

Pawling Bread Company

10 East Main Street

Pawling NY

 

 

 

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Accidental Locavore Chez Pierre

Like the Accidental Locavore, you would think that in a place like France, finding a simple breakfast — a good croissant and an equally fine cup of coffee — would be a no-brainer, however that’s not necessarily the case.  Since we’ve been renting apartments the past two times we’ve been in Nice, our quest each spring has been to find the neighborhood café with the penultimate combination of croissant and coffee (bonus points added for locale and pleasant staff). This has been harder than you might imagine.

Last year, when we were situated over by the port, good croissants were easy and close, but the bakery was on a busy intersection, rather nondescript and had pretty miserable coffee. A bit further away (but on the way to the marchè) a touristy place had much better coffee and passable croissant. We could have compromised, of course, and had both the coffee and croissant à emporter (to go) but that seemed defeatist, not to mention losing the charm of sitting in a café and watching the neighborhood wake up.  We had a great time that week, but the coffee/croissant nirvana was never reached.

Accidental Locavore Croissant and CoffeeThis spring we were in a different neighborhood, but had the same goal. Although we could have cheated because this apartment had a good coffee maker, by the time you went out to find croissants (and climb up four flights of stairs), you might as well stay out, n’est pas?

In this new ‘hood, the croissants were generally pretty good, however the coffee was the culprit. That is until the third morning. Almost directly across the street from the apartment is Chez Maître Pierre, an artisanal boulangerie. Good, hot, coffee, not too bitter, not too much foam. Croissants light, flaky and buttery, available in chocolate, ham & cheese or if you really wanted a decadent start, with a pear filling, chocolate and almonds, their specialty. A group of regulars, along with a yippy dog and a flock of pigeons make up the clientele.

Accidental Locavore PastriesBeing a full-fledged boulangerie, there were great-looking loaves of bread and other goodies, that as my husband says, must be good, as the patron keeps tasting them. We can vouch for the baguettes, which were so good, that we went from getting a demi (half) to the whole thing within a day.

Guess you know where we could be found the rest of the week!

 

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