COVID-19 Update at Bread Beckers

We are cancelling our classes through (at least) 4/17/20. We will continue to monitor events and government recommendations, and may have to cancel classes even further down the road.

Due to overwhelming demand, we quit taking phone orders – we don’t have the staff to handle them, nor to get all the phone messages for them! If you need to place an order, please use our web site, even for a pick-up order at the store. It works best if you REGISTER in our web cart, instead of using GUEST checkout (some – not all – have reported problems getting the GUEST checkout to work for them). If you do want to pick up, please use the COMMENT section of the checkout process to let us know what day and time you would like to come. We will contact you when we verify the order and confirm when you can come.

We will keep our store open (MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10AM – 4PM) as long as we are allowed, as we are a food store for many of our regular customers! PLEASE OBSERVE “SOCIAL DISTANCING” recommendations (6 feet separation with others) as much as possible (but DON’T come inside if you or a family member have been ill or shown systems of a cold, flu, or “worse”) and above all please be patient, kind, and respectful to everyone else in the store! Everyone is stressed, but we can and WILL get through this!

Thanks for all you understanding, and support of our business!

Sincerely,
The Bread Beckers Inc
Brad, Sue, and Jim

Message from the Owners of Bread Beckers – Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Coronavirus, also know as COVID-19, has posed a serious worldwide concern for the health, safety and welfare of everyone, including those of us that serve you here at The Bread Beckers. The purpose of this message is to share with you the steps we are taking in response to these growing concerns.

As of today, we are open for business following our regular hours of operation Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with NO cancellation of any scheduled classes. Of course, this can always change as situations develop over the coming days and weeks and may only allow for short notice of changes. But we will do our best to carry on in serving you. To avoid any inconvenience, we will try to keep an updated phone message, as well as web site and email notices. So please check often.

Like so many others, we are making every effort to ensure the safety of you, our customers, as well as our amazing staff by taking extra precautionary measures. We are cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, shopping carts, credit card and touch pads and countertops. We have discontinued food sampling in the store and will take extra precautions when serving samples in our classes.

We are asking you, as well as our employees, to follow the “Advice to the Public” from the World Health Organization. Please do not come to the the Bread Beckers if you or your family members are not feeling well. If you need product, you may place your order online or over the phone and we will be happy to bring it outside to you or leave it outside for you to pick up. Try to practice safe distancing while in the store and cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing. And of course, wash your hands often. Please be mindful of others, this is a stressful time for everyone and we want to do our part.

Finally, please remember, while handshakes may not by the best method of greeting others at this time, a smile or kind word can go a long way toward letting others know that things may not be as bad as they seem. Be patient and understanding with others, and let’s work together to show the love of Christ to the world. We will get through this together.

Brad and Sue Becker and Jim Carpenter

Yummy Chocolate Cake

 

“Eating great food – no matter how simple or elaborate – should be one of life’s greatest pleasures, not an endless guilt trip.” – Author unknown

This one of our favorite quotes and motto for healthy eating.

With Valentine’s Day this week, we thought we would share with you one of our favorite chocolate indulgences that won’t take you on an endless guilt trip. The Yummy Chocolate Cake with Decadent Chocolate Ganache is quick and easy to prepare. And topped with fresh raspberries or Sue’s Easy Raspberry Jam and real whipped cream makes for a perfect Valentine’s presentation.

Enjoy!

 

Yummy Chocolate Cake

• 2 Cups soft white wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
• 2/3 Cup Cocoa
• 1 ¼ tsp. Baking soda
• ¼ tsp. Baking powder
• 1 2/3 Honey Granules
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• 1 tsp. chocolate extract
• 1 Cup Mayonnaise (Healthy kind without added sugar and chemicals)
• 1 1/3 Cups water

Spray 2-9 inch layer cake pans or a 13×9 pan and preheat oven to 350°. Mix first 4 dry ingredients and set aside.

In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat next 4 ingredients for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. At low speed, beat in mayonnaise.

Add flour mixture in three additions, alternately with water, beginning
and ending with flour. Pour into pans. Bake in 350° oven 25-30 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.

For layer cake, cool in pans 10 minutes, and remove layers to cool on racks. Frost after cool.

For 13 x 9 inch pan, you may choose to frost in pan. Let cool. Pour prepared ganache evenly over top of cake. Let cool completely until ganache has firmed up slightly. May even chill for easy slicing.

 

Chocolate Ganache

• 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature

Place chocolate in medium, heatproof bowl. Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and let stand until chocolate has softened, about 5 minutes.

Add butter and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly before using.

To make Layered Chocolate Cake Dessert

– Chill several hours, then whip.
– Fill disposable bag or frosting piping bag and pipe between layers
– Layer sliced strawberries between cake, top with whipped cream

 

Easy Raspberry Jam

Using Pomona’s Universal Pectin allows you to use as much, or as little, sweetener as you want in your homemade jams and jellies since the gelling process does not depend on the sugar content but on the pectin itself. You can decide the type of sweetener as well, rather it be honey, honey granules, or 100% fruit juice, making your jams and jellies much healthier alternatives.

  • 4 cups mashed fruit
  • 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¾ c – 2 cups honey granules
  • 2 teaspoons calcium water
  • 2 teaspoons pectin

Prepare fruit. Measure fruit into a pot. Add the lemon juice and calcium water. Stir well.

In separate bowl, combine honey granules and pectin.

Bring fruit mixture to a full boil.  Add pectin/sugar mixture. Stir vigorously for 1-2 minutes to dissolve pectin and honey granules, while mixture returns to a full boil. Remove from heat.

Jar and can as desired. Or pour into a qt jar and let cool. Once cooled, refrigerate.

 

Easy Shortening Bread

 

With just 4 ingredients this recipe is so easy to make. Soft wheat flour may be used, but rice flour gives this bar an even “shorter” texture.

  • 2 cups freshly milled brown rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sucanat
  • 1 cup chilled salted butter

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sucanat. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan. Prick with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.