Breaking Bread with La Brea Bakery

As I promised yesterday, I have a new recipe for you today. Yay! I was recently contacted by La Brea Bakery about their “Breaking Bread with La Brea Bakery” promotion, and given my love for good bread, I was excited to learn more.

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At first I thought, “Oooo bread!” Then I thought about my favorite hymn, “Let Us Break Bread Together.” Next I thought about the show “Breaking Bad,” and then I went back to drooling over bread.

goodiesWith the goodies La Brea Bakery provided, I made two new yummy recipes! Today I’m sharing my Breakfast Berry Bruschetta, and I’ll share the second recipe Thursday.

berriesKevin’s parents had not been able to see Baby E for a while, so when they visited this weekend, I wanted to make their stay special. What better way to do that than to “break bread” together over brunch?!?

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Breakfast Berry Bruschetta
  • Sliced loaf bread (I opted for La Brea's sliced whole wheat)
  • ⅙ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ pint blueberries
  • ½ pint strawberries, washed and quartered
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • Dash (or two!!) ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 TBS Maple Syrup
  • ⅓ banana, chopped (optional)
  1. Caramelize the sugar in a medium pan with constant stirring. Once it gets melty, gooey, and a bit brown, pour in the berries a little at a time.
  2. Continue stirring berries, and add vanilla. Cook on medium heat until berries are breaking down but still chunky.
  3. Stir in nutmeg and cinnamon. Remove from heat.
  4. Spoon the berries mixture and most (not all) of the juices into a container and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight. The mixture should thicken slightly.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, and arrange bread slices (about 6) on a baking sheet. Bake bread until toasted, about 12-15 minutes.
  6. Once toasted, place bread on serving tray, and top with cool berry mixture. Drizzle with syrup and top with garnish, I chose banana but dots of whipped cream would also be a nice touch.

berryI think this is a real crowd-pleaser, especially with kids. I found La Brea Bakery in my local Harris Teeter store, but you can find it in a store near you here. If you’re super lucky and live in Charlotte, you can sample their bread very soon.

breadThe Breaking Bread tour is coming to town to celebrate 25 years of artisan baking. They’ll be touring various areas of the city and ‘burbs, but you can be sure to find them here:

  • Uptown: N. Tryon St. & 5th Street – Thursday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.
  • NoDa: N. Davidson St. & E. 35th St. – Friday, June 13, 11:15 a.m.
  • Chantilly: Central Ave. & Pecan Ave. – Sunday, June 15, 11:15 a.m.
  • Uptown: S. College St. & E. 3rd St. – Friday, June 20, 8:30 a.m.

familyBread – what’s not to love?

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7 Responses to Breaking Bread with La Brea Bakery

  1. Looooove La Brea! I pay them multiple visits whenever I hit up Disneyland in Cali. Their flatbread pizzas are kind of to die for <3

  2. There’s nothing better than bread! That bruschetta looks amazing!

  3. Mmmmm! This sounds amazing, Tiff! I’ve never tried the La Brea brand before, but I’m thinking that needs to change asap. Yum!

  4. I willingly gluten myself with bread because it is my weakness…worth it. Also your train of thought was amazing. Please share more of those haha

  5. This looks amazing! Now I want bread! There is nothing like fresh bread.

  6. That looks really good. Especially if you did a french toast thing with the bread! I can’t have bread because I have a wheat allergy. It’s been about 5 months. Going Strong. lol.

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