Made By Hand: A&J King Bakery

Andy and Jackie King, artisanal bakers based in New England, have certainly made a splash with their perfectly imperfect hand-made breads and baked goods at their headquarters cafe and bakery.

After opening up in 2006, A&J King quickly established themselves as a go-to for beautiful, well-made breads, utilizing traditional methods that match the historic ambience of Salem, MA, where they are located.

Andy and Jackie are no one trick ponies, also offering up delicious pastries, signature sandwiches and more in their full-service cafe.

The magic starts in the kitchen, where each step of the baking process is performed by hand, from kneading the dough to cutting the beautiful patterns on each loaf that are brought out during the baking process.

In 2013, Andy and Jackie published their first cookbook, Baking by Hand (MacMillan), further elaborating their philosophy on baking and the quality of craft they live by. They’ve shared with us their favorite recipe for the holiday season – bread pudding!

Bread pudding is one of Andy and Jackie’s favorite things to make at the bakery, and they’ve been making them since Day One! It is simple, can be adapted to whatever fruits or flavors are in season (or whichever ones you have one hand), tastes great hot, cold, or room temperature. There’s not a lot of science to it. You need a bread product to soak up your custard, and you need enough custard to soak into the bread. That’s pretty much it!

Pro tip — make sure to use stale bread (or stale it yourself by leaving it on your counter for a few hours, as fresh bread tends to fall apart when absorbing the liquid). Once you get the idea of how to assemble bread pudding, you’ll be off and running with your own unique flavor combinations.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

1 lb stale croissant, brioche, challah, or other enriched dough, 1” dice

3  large eggs

7 oz whole milk

7 oz half and half

2/3 cup sugar

6 oz roasted, pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin

1.25 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Whisk eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, pumpkin puree and spices in a large bowl until combined and smooth.

Add the bread, and toss with your hands or spoon until all the bread is coated with the custard. Let it sit at least 30 minutes (but no longer than an hour) stirring occasionally.

Put all of the bread and custard mixture into a greased circular 8″ pan or paper mold.

Bake at 375˚F until golden brown and it feels firm when pressed, about 45 minutes. When cooled, drizzle with maple sugar icing.

Maple Sugar Icing

(Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and lump free)

6.5 oz Maple Sugar

2 oz Confectioner’s Sugar

2 oz Half and Half

Learn more about Andy and Jackie at www.AJkingbakery.com.

Global Lookbook: Girls Off Fifth

Janelle & Jessica of Girls Off Fifth
Location: Washington Square Park & Macelleria, New York City

We are excited to unveil our latest lookbook celebrating the #MyMinnetonka style of 10 bloggers from around the world. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring each blogger’s individual style along with a few of their favorite places to go, eat and shop world-wide.

Janelle’s Favorite Spots in NYC to:
See. Brooklyn Flea in the summer months
Eat. Cafe Mogador in East Village
Go. Central Park is the perfect retreat in the center of the city. I love to go biking in spring, sunbath in summer, watch the leaves change in fall, and ice skating in winter.
Shop. Amarcord Vintage for something old or Bloomingdale’s for something new

Jessica’s Favorite Spots in NYC to:
See. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have an incredible collection, plus there’s a stellar rooftop that overlooks Central Park
Do. Vintage treasure hunting. NYC has some of the best vintage and thrift stores
Eat.  Macelleria, the location of my shoot!  Delish food & beautiful atmosphere
Go. Heading to Bear Mountain for a fall hike to see the foliage change is my favorite weekend getaway!
Shop.  Nolita is great. It’s the perfect mix of unique boutiques, vintage stores, and quaint cafes to recharge after a day of shopping

Featured Product: Baja Boot, Tramper Ankle Hi Boot

Me to We Student Spotlight: Mallory Dudra

Last year at We Day Minnesota, Mallory Dudra got the opportunity of a lifetime!

Mallory was the lucky winner of the Minnetonka Me to We Trip Scholarship, a $5,000 grant offered by Minnetonka that provides one student the opportunity to travel to either Nicaragua or Ecuador.  Her strong commitment to community service made her application stand out from the rest.

From volunteering with Girl Scouts, to collecting cans for the We Scare Hunger campaign, to playing her clarinet at a fundraiser for abused animals, Mallory has been making positive change in her community for years.

Expanding her service internationally, Mallory chose to travel to Ecuador this summer on her Me to We trip. On her trip, Mallory was able to experience firsthand the importance of girls’ education for development.  She had an amazing time on her trip and is inspired to continue her community service initiatives! She has career goals of working in international relations.

How are you making a difference in your community?  This November Minnetonka is celebrating the Month of Meaning. For every photo shared showing how you create meaning in your community, Minnetonka will donate $1 towards building a rain catchment system with Me to We in Marialapa, Haiti. Click here to learn more!

The Month of Meaning

Last fall, Minnetonka dedicated one week to raising money to build a new school room in partnership with Free the Children in Marialapa, Haiti.  This fall they broke ground to begin building the school room that will help Free The Children provide quality education and a conducive learning environment to the growing number of students in Marialapa.

Inspired by the acts of good we see young people and adults alike doing every day, we are dedicating the entire month of November to raising money in support of this community and their needs. There are two ways to get involved in this effort!

1.  1 Purchase = $1. For every purchase made on minnetonkamoccasin.com during the Month of Meaning (November), we will donate $1 to the Marialapa community.

2.  1 Photo = $1. Share your acts of good! We will donate $1 to the Marialapa community for every photo you share showing how you are making a difference in the community. Click here for more details.

 

CLEAN WATER FOR A BETTER WORLD

All of the funds raised this month will be put towards building a rain catchment system in Marialapa. This is a very dry region which has experienced significant deforestation and the water table is very low. Through the work of Free the Children, we can exploit one of Haiti’s greatest national resources – rain – through rainwater harvesting to serve the school community.

Free the Children will install eaves on all the roof surfaces and construct a reservoir to capture rain during the rainy season. The new rain catchment system will be sufficient to provide clean water to the entire school community.

WHY HAITI?

Our own factory is located in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. When the January 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, the devastation that followed was very close to home. Two hundred thousand people were feared to be dead and millions were left homeless. Haitians have shown resilience in the face of grinding poverty and natural disasters. We were able to help in the earthquake recovery and continue to seek out ways to improve this community.

FREE THE CHILDREN MODEL

Adopt a Village is Free The Children’s holistic and sustainable development model designed to empower communities, break the cycle of poverty and remove barriers to education. This model has five core pillars: Education, Water & Sanitation, Health, Alternative Income & Livelihood, and Agriculture & Food Security. Each pillar serves to enhance the others, ensuring the greatest overall impact in each area of intervention and achieving long-term sustainability.

 

#MyMinnetonka How-To

Earlier this month a group of Minneapolis Instagrammers convened in their mocs at a local park to creatively snap and celebrate their #MyMinnetonka style.

At the InstaMeet we asked photographer Rita Farmer (@mamacita.rita) to give us a few tips on how to take the perfect #MyMinnetonka snapshot along with some other Insta-ideas to inspire your feed. 

Chase Light: It’s no secret that Golden Hour (the hour before the sun goes down) is dreamy for shooting just about anything. The long shadows, lens flare, and warm tones create a wonderful mood.

Photo by: @tanrr #ChasingLight #GoldenHour

Look Down: Taking a picture of your feet provides an interesting perspective. Play with height and visually interesting surroundings.

Photo by: @orbeq #FromWhereIStand #SuchGreatHeights

Edit: Whether you’re using Instagram’s filters or editing with another app, choose presets that enhance the natural light and tones without making it look over-done. Some of my personal favorites are VSCOcam’s F2/Mellow and C1/Vibrant. With C1, I typically use the preset at about 60-70% strength and increase the fade slightly.

Photo by: @mamacita.rita Shot with iPhone 5S, Processed with #VSCOcam F2 preset #AFewOfMyFavoriteThings

Finally, use hashtags for inspiration! The ones listed under each of the photos above are just a few that go perfectly with #MyMinnetonka snapshots.

Check out more photos from the InstaMeet at #MinnetonkaMeet_Fall2014 and be sure to Instagram your #MyMinnetonka style for the chance to win a $250 gift card and a new pair of mocs!