My name is Anne.
In 2013, I bought a book about bread. I had just moved to California from Germany and missed German bread and the small neighborhood bakeries that you find all over the country.
Up until then, I was convinced that it was impossible to bake great bread at home. Edible bread, sure, maybe even a decent loaf, but that would surely be it. But I was drawn in by the tantalizingly beautiful photographs and stunning design of the book, so I decided to give it a try anyway.
I patiently trained my own sourdough starter, baked my first loaf, and tumbled down the rabbit hole...
My baking addiction has gotten progressively worse, and I have discovered that, for me, the greatest pleasure lies in sharing the bread I bake with other people.
So here I am, almost three years later, starting my very own bakery business with the help of my husband Robert.
As you may have guessed, Backhaus is German for "bakehouse". Back in the day, many farms, communities, and villages had their own bakehouse. In fact, their use dates back all the way to ancient Rome. They were created to outsource baking to a separate building, which not only made it safer (in case of a fire, only the bakehouse would burn down, sparing people's homes), but also more economical, because larger amounts of bread could be baked at once, and people could share the effort and costs involved in building and maintaining an oven.
Bakehouses became a place for the whole community to gather and socialize while they waited for their bread to finish baking. To this day, few things embody the spirit of coming together and sharing a meal as 'breaking bread' together. And for me, no meal is complete without good bread.
Our goal is to become a true neighborhood bakery. A place where you can gather with friends and family, enjoy good bread, and even learn how to make it yourself. To achieve this goal, we need to build a community to share our bread with.
Backhaus started out as a Cottage Food Operation, meaning all of our breads and pastries were baked in our home kitchen.
I have since moved my production to KitchenTown, a local commercial kitchen and food startup incubator in San Mateo.
If you live in the Burlingame/San Mateo area, you can sign up to have beautiful fresh loaves delivered right to your doorstep. We will soon be offering online orders for pickup for those of you who don't live in our neighborhood, but don't want to miss out on some delicious goodies.
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I look forward to sharing my bread with you!
With love from my kitchen,