Baking classes and supplies

I’ve added a link to the main menu of our website with baking supplies that I use for baking bread.  My main focus at the moment is natural levain/fermented/sourdough bread, and I’ve listed the basic tools needed to start baking your own bread at home!

As a note, though, there are local sources for most of the supplies listed.  I’ve included links to Amazon, as an associate I get a small percentage of sales of those items.  I would heartily support you purchasing things from local vendors like Kitchen Collage, Beaverdale Books, and local grain farmers, though, let me know if you’d like help locating things in the Des Moines area.

I will be teaching classes at the Des Moines Social Club, too, and working on online courses that anyone can take. I’m also available for consultation if you need some help with sourdough or other breads and baking at home; let me know what you need and I can send a quote.  Generally, consultation starts at about $30/hour.

Happy new year to everyone, looking forward to all that this year brings 🙂


New Menu coming soon!

While we’re busy filling holiday orders, we’re also working a full time menu that will also have some new breads and cakes.  I’ll also continue to stock cutting boards (I like to think of them as cookie boards as I want to make cookie boards just as popular as cheese boards:) at $30 each.

Ben has been making these cutting boards out of walnut, white oak, hard maple, curly maple, and other hardwoods for a few years now.

10% of profits until the end of the year will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help their work for equality of all people and the education and legal strategies of dealing with organizations founded on hate.

If we don’t see you before, happy holidays from all of us! IMG_4670

Small Biz Give Big at Mainframe Studios

We’re delighted to participate in Small Biz Give Big at Mainframe Studios this Saturday, 11/24, with some baked goods for sale. Lots of artists are participating and giving a portion of their sales to charities, and we’ll do the same by donating 10% of our profits to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC is an organization dedicated to using litigation and education to fight hate, bigotry, and seeks justice for vulnerable members of our society. We have often supported SPLC’s work as a family but it seems particularly important in light of recent incidents of racism and violence directed towards students of color at Drake University,  where Ben is a professor.

I’ll be posting some of the recipes I’m working on for the event this week on Instagram @almanac_bakery, but there are a lot of other great reasons to visit Mainframe on Saturday.  Press release for the event is here.


News from the R&D Department

We’ve had a great week of experimentation and will have finished versions of these new recipes soon.  Pictured are a spice cake with hickory smoked salt caramel sauce, whole wheat thumbprints, and Lapsang Souchong Walnut cookies.  We’re also working on a butternut squash scone with rosemary and sage ash.

Fall Menu, recipe testing, and more!

Fall menu is up on the website and on Instagram!

We’re also testing recipes for the holiday season, including spice cakes, holiday cookies, crackers, and “warm and serve” rolls.  The special holiday menu will be available in December 2018.

Keep an eye on @almanac_bakery for our first open house, occuring on October 27th.

We’ll have warm scones, locally roasted coffee, and other baked goods available for purchase.