A few weeks ago, I got to join the bakers at Dooby's Coffee to document their morning routine. Katie, the pastry chef, lead me through their process starting bright and early at 5 AM in the gorgeous Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. I tagged along for the dozen or so recipes the three bakers were working on and have to admit, my mouth was watering near the end there. They treated me to an amazing blueberry muffin with passionfruit glaze during our bread rising downtime and the Counter Culture Coffee Dooby's serves couldn't have made for a more perfect breakfast.
The morning breezed by with flour and duck fat and walnuts and lavender all making their appearance. The recipe we were following was for a Walnut Sourdough in preparation for a MakeTribe event coming up in the fall (keep your eyes peeled!). After the dough was mixed, it was placed in floured baskets to give it that awesome circular pattern you see towards the end. Thrown into individual Dutch ovens, the loaves spent a good while getting all brown and crispy in the oven, as Katie worked on a few other loaves for that mornings cafe supply. Dooby's offers a bread club where patrons receive a different loaf of amazing bread every week. Oh to live closer. The menu here at Dooby's is just mouth watering, from a caramelized onion and gruyere scone to a Ginger Chicken and Avocado on Ciabatta Sandwich (which I got to leave with:). Following Katie, Kathy and Jean really inspired me to bake more at home, even if my results may not be quite as perfect as theirs. Just the act of kneading dough and having to wait for the rise and the amazing smell of the crust as it bakes is enough to make me stock up on ingredients at the grocery store. But to get that heavenly loaf made by Katie, get yourself to Dooby's soon.
Dooby's Coffee - Mt. Vernon, 802 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD
Make sure to check out Make Tribe and their awesome skill suppers and craft workshops! (psst. there is a free one coming up at Madewell and its gonna be good).
Thanks so much to Katie, Kathy and Jean for letting me join in on their morning.
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