Getting Bready for Fall….

Since opening, Bread Love has been working on some fun time events, in addition to working out our own kinks. More details to come! In the meantime, block out these dates on your calendars.

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Tuesday, December 13th: Pig Roast Dinner w Bed Stuy Fresh & Local

Tuesday, December 20th: NextdoOrganics End of Summer Celebration

Bread Love is open 8am-930pm daily except Sun 9 am – 6 pm.  Come through for breakfast, lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.

1933 Fulton Street (@ Howard Ave), Brooklyn, NY  11233

Call for daily specials & pickup (347) 405 – 9654

Ask about space rental for parties and party packages, too!

Naughty Looking Apple Pastries

Apple pastries are something that you either love or hate. I must admit that I have always gone through phases with them and at the moment I want them whenever I can. I have had the little ones that they sell at McDonald’s, the homemade ones that my mother makes way too much white sugar and then there is this one that I make myself.

Apple Pastries

It is not as low in calories as some things on this blog, but it’s not bad considering what you are making. We at Bread Love BKNY added this dessert to our menu.

Ingredients

  • 100g ready-made light puff pastry
  • 4 level tbsp ready-made low-fat custard
  • 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 level tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 level tsp icing sugar, to dust
  • Fat-free natural fromage frais, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Divide the pastry into 4 portions, and then roll each into an 8 x 10cm rectangle.
  2. Put the rectangles, widely spaced, on the baking tray and using a sharp knife, score a border about 5mm in from the edge of each.
  3. Spread the custard over the pastry and arrange the apple slices on top.
  4. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and ginger and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the sides of the pastries have puffed up and are slightly golden.
  5. Put the jam in a small pan and stir over a low heat for 2-3 minutes until melted. Lightly brush each pastry with the melted jam then serve warm, dusted with icing sugar and with some of the fromage frais.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Microwave and Convection Oven

Keeping your Microwave Convection Oven clean is important if you don’t want it to stop working or provide a really weird taste or smell of your food.

Microwave ovens get dirty real fast if you use them regularly as you place the food inside and then take it out once it is done which is why it is important to make sure that you clean it once every week.

Microwave Convection Oven clean

Make sure that you remove any food bits that have stuck in the oven and clean up any burns or spills that might cover your oven. Just follow these simple steps to clean your stainless steel microwave oven in no time at all!

Step 1: Wipe down the exterior

A stainless steel exterior gives a modern finish to your oven but it is also quite prone to get dirty. You can see the dirt, food bits, fingerprints, etc. being stuck on your stainless steel oven. Since a stainless steel oven comes with a glossy exterior, if you don’t clean it properly then you might end up scratching the surface.

However, it is quite easy to clean a stainless steel exterior. All you have to do is take a clean rag and then dampen it a little with water and then use it to remove the dirt from the surface. Make sure you use a nonabrasive rag for your stainless steel surface.

Step 2: Scrub with vinegar

Once that is done, then you can dip your rag into a vinegar solution and then use it to scrub your oven free of any dirt or food bits.

All you need to do is dip your rag into pure white vinegar and then scrub the oven surface, you can also use a commercial stainless steel cleaner in place of a vinegar solution. Popularised by KitchenGuyd, this nifty trick does it every time.

Step 3: Soak the dirt

A lot of times the grime or the food bits that are stuck on your oven could be a little hard to clean with just a simple scrub. However, there is nothing to worry about because you have a simple and efficient way to clean that dirt.

Just place your cleaner soaked rag or vinegar soaked rag over the stubborn dirt for 5-10 minutes. Once the dirt particles loosen then you can wipe it clean with the rag.

Step 4: Wipe down with clean rag

Once you have removed all the dirt using vinegar or commercial cleaner solution, it is time to rinse the surface of the oven. You can rinse your rag with clean water and then use it to wipe down the oven to remove any cleaner residue. Then use a dry rag to wipe the oven dry.

Step 1: Use olive oil

Once your oven is clean and dry, you can restore its shine with the help of olive oil. Just dampen one corner of the rag with olive oil and then use it to remove any remaining streaks on your stainless steel exterior and bring back its metallic shine. This is a great way to make your oven look as good as new.

I’d do anything for LOVE, but I won’t do that…

Dear Customers:

We need to reconnect to who we set out to be. A time when things were simpler. My mind jumps back to the November day in 2004 at Bread Stuy when my husband was so excited that I made brioche and was handing them out to random people on Lewis Avenue. “We baked bread!” So, with that spirit in mind, we are rededicating ourselves to bread.

We have always been the kind of people that see a need and try to fix it. Being of the neighborhood for almost 20 years, we have struggled like you to find something to eat, certain times, certain days, so we tried to fill that gap. But running a restaurant is not really where our hearts are. It still needs to be done, and we’ve been successful, but it’s not what we are aiming to ultimately do.

To our loyal customers who have stuck with us, rediscovered us, been here day in and day out, to the staff who has worked to make this place hum, to the friends and family who have supported us morally, financially, and by being our honest sounding board…. thank you. We cannot thank you enough.

This is not a goodbye. This is a rededication to our initial dream and goal of giving skills to those that many deem unteachable. We want to bring our breads to more people in the community… spreading the love, if you will. We will be closing for about a week and coming back with our hearts open and ready to connect. We look forward to continuing to serve you.

Love,

Bread Love

Hillary, Lloyd, and MacLemore Porter

Will you be my Valentine?

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We know you’ve got it all covered (ahem) but just in case… we gotcha covered.  Order directly to stay or to go or have it delivered by Seamless/

GrubHub!

choose 1: (appetizer)

roasted beet tartar green salad with lemon rose dressing

Main dishes:

a twist on our best seller! hot and sweet chicken and waffles, with a red velvet waffle, spicy fried chicken, and a light cream cheese glaze

Crisp

fried crab cake, made with jumbo claw meat, served over baby greens, drizzled with house made truffled garlic aioli

Country style

Shephard’s pie, with slow braized beef short ribs and beech mushrooms in gravy, topped with flakey biscuit crumble.

Sides:

creamy truffled grits parmesan crusted hassle-back potatoes or pick any side from the menu

Dessert:

chef Hillary’s Brooklyn blackout cake, with rich dark chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and chocolate caramel ganache

dinner for 1 (choose 1 app, 1 main, 1 side, and dessert): $40

dinner for 2: (choose 1 app, 2 main, 2 sides, and dessert): $70

mains are available a la carte for $20 each, special sides are $7 each, apps are $10 each

Holiday Menu – Thanksgiving

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Order & 50% deposit must be received by Monday, November 21st.

Pickup Wednesday, November 23rd after 2 pm until close. The shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
    • Brioche dinner rolls $5/dozen
    • Buttermilk Biscuits $5/dozen
    • Cinnamon rolls 1/2 dozen $10
    • Fried to perfection in peanut oil, with a side of extra seasoning.
      • Deep Fried Turkey 14-18lbs, (choice of Jerk, Butter garlic or Cajun) – $75
  • Pecan pie – $25 – 9-inch pie
  • Apple or pumpkin pie – $20 for 9-inch pie
  • Lemon pound cake w lemon glaze – $18
  • Pumpkin, Banana, Apple Raisin Pecan loaf – $15
  • Gingerbread (with fresh & candied ginger) – $18

Call or check the case for additional goodies!

we Love the holidays

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Friday, Dec 11th – Annual Stuyvesant Heights Tree Lighting, Sponsored by Stuyvesant Heights Parents Group

Light the tree at Fulton Park – 7 pm, Carol to St Phillips Church (Decatur St side), Reception, Goodies & a Special Guest! (ssh!)

Sunday, December 13th, 12-6pm:  Bread Love Holiday Bazaar: Featuring local craftsman & artisans.

  • Bourne Walker Jewelry: handcrafted earrings & such
  • BioHeritage Collective: local farm-based salves & scrubs
  • Oko Farms: hydroponic farm has grown teas & scrubs
  • Homemade Holiday Cards & Custom Shadowboxes by Cathleen
  • Photography by D’Ambrose Boyd: Photo Sessions available on the spot or make appointments for a later date

Saturday, December 19th (1-330p, 4-6pm) – Gingerbread House Party

Decorate your own freshly baked gingerbread house with royal icing and assorted candies while enjoying holiday and house music. Lots of fun and extra treats. Reserve a space today! One house for $25.  2 sessions: 1-330pm and 4-6pm.  Please fill out the form below to guarantee a seat.

With Love from Weeksville… Sept 20-Oct 12

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Bread Love Weeksville is an urban farmstand located at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York. We are dedicated to bringing farm fresh and locally produced food items to the table in partnership with OKO Farms.

Come to Weeksville Heritage Center from 12 to 6 pm Friday through Sunday to celebrate the opening of #FunkGodJazzMedicine with us.  In addition to serving refreshments, Bread Love will host a series of Sunday Dinners, as an introduction to our Bread Love Supperclub from 2-6pm each Sunday on the Weeksville farmland. The events will include Alabama Joe’s Barbeque (9/21), Jerk Chicken & Fish Fry (9/28), Pig Roast (10/5) and Seafood Boil (10/12).

Local musicians and DJs will also be featured including: the Hollands, featuring Jannina and John-Paul Norpoth,www.HOLLANDSSS.com, and more!

Alabama Joe’s BBQ grills: www.drumgrills.com/

#FunkGodJazzMedicine by Creative Time

Bread Love: Closed due to fire!

Yes, sadly it’s true.  Bread Love was a victim of arson and space was almost totally gutted.  Freebrook Spaces experienced some damage as well, displacing most of its occupants at least temporarily.

What’s most important is that there was no loss of life including the fish, which was relocated and the ginger attack cat.  🙂 Oh! and amazingly, Hillary’s cookbooks survived although they are slightly toasted.

So many of you, friends new and old, have reached out during this time and we greatly appreciate it.  We Porters have put a lot of work and heart into the community since we’ve moved here and this [attack] truly shook us up. We also would like to thank the NYPD and FDNY for all of their efforts to solve this crime.

What’s next?

We were cleared from the various entities to begin cleaning up.  Some folks came out this afternoon (THANK YOU) and helped us get it going. The mess was bringing/keeping us down and keeping us in the moment that we truly would like to forget.

The clean up continues through the rest of the week; we’ll fill the dumpster that’s due on Thursday and hopefully be able to finish the majority of the work by Friday afternoon.  Friday evening we’ll fire up the grill.

VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED DURING THIS TIME!  Even if you drop by some refreshments or gloves or masks or even HD garbage bags for those who are working in the mess.  

Are you accepting donations?

At this point in time, we haven’t fully flushed that out.  We have had folks offer to help us crowdsource (or crowdfund?) and we’ve barely been able to have the conversation to get that going. Bread Love would gladly welcome support in that vein.

How soon will you reopen?

Those molasses latte, ginger scone, and chocolate banana bread cravings are for real.🙂  But seriously, it’s hard to tell.  We will keep you posted. We have even tossed around the idea of a pop-up shop somewhere in the neighborhood.  Bread Love will definitely continue to appear at the Summer Market on Lewis Avenue (Saturdays) as soon and as often as possible.

What happened to…?

Most of our staff have moved on… another great Bread Love loss… but NYC bills are REAL and DEMAND to be paid.  Thank you, Diana, Ali-Yah, Jordan, Anthony, Michael, Shawn, Kenny, Chrissy, Denetia, Oliver and the countless other folks who helped to make Bread Love special.  Bread Love can only hope to reconnect with you in the future.

KIT

@breadlovebkny

Goodbye #polarvortex … here comes LoveSpring!

Well! This weather has been brutal… huh, guys? The greenhouse has weathered the myriad of storms with only a little bit of minor damage. It stays nice and warm on these seemingly never-ending winter days.  Mr. Porter has rolled out some more green carpet for the people to encourage the springtime feel.

compost heart

Bread Lovelies are looking forward to spring planting, clean up (not so much) & gardening in the yard. Our aquaponics unit is almost ready for planting as well. We plan on re-establishing our compost area as well.

Speaking of compost, a couple of neighbors have approached us about collecting fruit & veggie scraps, coffee grounds, etc for use in their own gardens… IF this is of any interest to any of you gardeners, please feel free to come by and we can arrange for this to happen.  (You will need to provide a closed container with your contact info and pick it up regularly.)

the nitty gritty of the unit…

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Speaking of spring, it’s spring break time for the kiddies or at least it is for ours (yay?!)… so we decided to throSpeaking of spring, it’s spring break time for the kiddies or at least it is for ours (yay?!)… so we decided to throw a bit of a garden party. LoveSpring! A little music, some gardening activity to entertain the wee ones and a few of our local food artisans sampling some of their wares. Stop by for brunch and mix and mingle! Festivities shall begin about 1230pm on Saturday, March 22nd.

w a bit of a garden party. LoveSpring! A little music, some gardening activity to entertain the wee ones and a few of our local food artisans sampling some of their wares. Stop by for brunch and mix and mingle! Festivities shall begin about 1230pm on Saturday, March 22nd.

In other news… Bread Love is on GrubHub, Foursquare, and dealsnapt. Check out our deals… Our 1 year anniversary is coming up quick!  Stay tuned for the details… We’ll be having a party in May.