I’ve been a big fan of Brother Juniper’s breads for years. I like pretty much all the varieties, but most especially the Wild Rice and Onion. It has the perfect density, a nice balance of earthiness from the wild rice and sweetness from the onion. It toasts beautifully, is porous enough to absorb condiments or eggs for French toast and is even good straight out of the bag.
It has always been difficult to find. Of the three or four places I know that sold it, it was always the first to sell out, so we would stock up with two loaves every chance we got. But now, it has gone from difficult to find to outright impossible. Evidently, Alvarado Street Bakery used to distribute for them, but now they’ve dropped them. So every place we used to buy Brother Juniper’s suddenly has a bountiful supply of Alvarado Street, which I don’t really care for, myself.
Sure, I could run out and buy the cookbook and make the stuff myself, but I’m not much of a baker, and besides that’s not the point. If anyone has further insight into the breakup between Alvarado Street and Brother Juniper’s, or better yet has a tip on where to find this bread now, I am all ears and tastebuds.