we are so excited to share a video with you guys today from when our family got to visit the main orwasher bakery in the bronx to learn how they make their unbelievable bread that you have all heard me rave about many times before.
josh and i met keith cohen, the owner and head baker at orwashers bakery, last year by sheer coincidence when we saw a live viewing of saturday night live. we sat right next to him during the taping and while waiting in line to get ours seats!
since we live in the same neighborhood as orwashers bakery on the upper west side, we get to see keith pretty often coming and going from the store and inside the bakery when we make our almost daily stop in to buy bread, sandwiches, bagels and other baked goods. josh started making challah bread french toast this year, which our kids are crazy about. and if you haven’t been before and are planning on going, we recommend trying their croissants, their cabernet rustico bread, sourdough of course, and basically everything! (i actually am a big lover of their turkey, cheese and avocado sandwich on their homemade baguette.)
keith hosted josh and me to make bagels earlier this year and we had such a wonderful time getting to be inside the bakery trying our own hand at making the bagels we love so much. when we were there, he invited us to visit the bakery in the bronx, which is their main baking location, and we have been trying to get there ever since. finally our schedules aligned and we thought it’d be fun to make a little video and bring you all with since it’s such a unique experience to be surrounded by all that amazing dough and bread. i wish there was a way to capture the unreal smell of all that fresh bread to share with you as well!
we were trying to think of tips to share with you and some of what we learned outside of the video. our main tip is to find or make fresh bread with as few ingredients as possible! over the past few years we’ve been attempting to make more bread at home and want to get into a better habit of making it happen. it often feels so time consuming but the ingredient lists are so simple and it really doesn’t take much effort at all. we want to be brave enough to attempt to make our own challah bread, but since orwasher’s is so close by and they have perfected that one, i think we’ll just keep getting our challah loaves there. if you want to make french toast with it, we recommend letting the bread sit out for a couple of days before you use it for french toast! it’s sooo good!
just like when we made bagels with orwashers, this is not a sponsored outing or post. we just love this bakery very much and thought this would be a fun experience to do as a family and to share with you guys as well! thanks so much to keith for inviting our family to visit the bakery. and thank you to jenner brown for helping us make this video! let us know if you like this sort of video format. we have put together a ton of NYC neighborhood video guides with jenner in the past, but i think it’d be fun to do a few more like this, sort of behind the scenes of some of our favorite spots in the city. so let me know what you want to see more of when it comes to new york, and we’ll get working on it!