Wild Flour Bread Bakery - Freestone - CA
Fresh out of the Wood Fired Brick Oven...
Driving along Bohemian Highway in Sonoma on a weekend, just off Highway 1 not too far from Bodega Bay, you can't fail to notice throngs of people hanging out next to a small building to the side of the road. As you fly by the first time, you might notice in your rear view mirror that you've just passed by a Bakery. A Bakery, in the middle of nowhere, with crowds of people outside. It's worth an investigation, surely?
The second time you journey in that direction, you are sure to remember to stop to see what is happening. As you open the door to Wild Flour Bread you are almost knocked out by the strong smell of the goat cheese that flavours a batch of flatbreads that have just come out of the brick oven. You buy one, of course, and nibble on it as you continue on your journey. It floods your car with the scent of freshly baked bread making you feel far more hungry than you really should be.
Wild Flour's breads are hearty, heavy, peasanty, wholesome and all made with sourdough starters - there are no commercial yeasts in this kitchen I was told. It's not really the kind of bread you'd used for a light French-style baguette sandwich, (believe me, Fred tried that later, disaster!), but it is great toasted with a steaming bowl of vegetable soup.