Picking a Favorite French Pastry

When people come into our boulangerie for the first time, they usually get wide-eyed and excited, which is exactly how we feel about French pastry! Some people talk about their time living abroad or the very best croissant they tried during a work trip. Then it comes to time to actually choose a pastry for the morning. They may go with an old favorite, or try something a friend recommended. We’ll often hear people jokingly say, “I’ll have one of everything.” But if you have to choose, or if you’re ferrying a friend through their first foray into laminated goodness, how do you pick a favorite? Here’s a handy guide to steer you in the right direction. (more…)

How Do You Say “Kouign Amann?”

Fueled by a rich history, the intermingling of cultures, and an unmistakable perfectionism, French pastry has produced a host of wonderful, delicious creations. Each region of the country has its own sense of identity, and its own set of culinary cornerstones. In Brittany, one pastry in particular has risen to prominence, and it’s one that we love getting to share with the DFW: The kouign amann. You may have seen this layered, buttery cake on a trip abroad or while watching The Great British Baking Show. If you’ve never tried it before, oh are you in for a treat. On today’s blog, we get into how to pronounce this one-of-a-kind delicacy, along with much more about Dallas’ favorite pastry. (more…)

Labor Day Bakery Reflections

Yesterday was Labor Day, a day of rest and recognition for all of those who work. As a bakery, we’re supported by so many hardworking individuals — artisans with awe-inspiring ethic. Each step of the baking process takes physical labor, patience, and skill. We want to say thank you to all of our team members, past and present, who have helped shape Village Baking Company into the bakery that it is today. We also wanted to reflect on where we came from, and what it means to us to labor for what we love. Below, Kim Cooper recounts the early days of VBC in Colleyville — growing from a small cafe space into a wholesale bakery. (more…)

Finding Perfect Pairings for Artisan Bread

We love bread for so many reasons: Its taste, nourishing qualities, and what it stands for as a symbol. Bread is one of the most ancient prepared foods. It’s a simple meal on its own. You share bread with others as a sign of trust, fraternity, and acceptance. Over the years, we’ve taken great care to develop bread recipes with robust flavor and hearty texture, and we’ve gone to great lengths to share it with the rest of the DFW! We thought it would be fun to create a list of pairings, a guide if you will, as to how best enjoy the artisan loaves and boules that we make. Here’s your definitive VBC artisan bread pairing guide. (more…)

Why We Love Making It Ourselves

We’ve always had a thing for DIY. Our bakery began as a passion project fueled by a love for French bread and pastry. We wanted to share what we loved with our friends and neighbors, and thankfully, we’ve been able to do so with much of the DFW! For us, baking is just as much about the experience as it is the end product. We take ownership over our work, no matter what that work is. So when we have a though like, “We want to offer jam to pair with our croissants,” of course we want to be the ones making the jam. We love making it ourselves — whatever “it” is — simply because it’s fulfilling and fun. (more…)

August Is Blackberry Month at Village Baking Company

When the calendar changes, we do too (a little bit anyway). Peach month was great, but now we’re welcoming in a berry good friend of ours — blackberry! Blackberries’ sweet and tart flavor profile make them a great addition to items with a creamy texture. Pastry cream, whipped cream, frangipane — they all make welcome homes for our August feature. We even found a way to work these seasonal berries into a sandwich. Today on the blog, we’re going through some of the blackberry creations that have our boulangeries buzzing this month. (more…)

Village Baking Company Says Thank You

Celebrating at the Best of Big D awards last week has us feeling especially reflective. The positive words of support we’ve heard from so many of you on social media and in our boulangeries fill us with joy. Village Baking Company started as a passion project, an itch we had to scratch. We love French bread and pastry, and we were so happy to learn that this city does too! As we’ve grown, we’ve gotten to connect with many of you and become part of family routines and traditions. As a family ourselves, that means so much to us. We just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way! (more…)

What You Need to Know About Laminated Dough

Dough lamination is essential to French pastry. Without it, no croissants, no palmiers, no nothing. If you’re not immersed in baking culture, and you haven’t watched the Great British Baking Show (highly recommended), you may not be familiar with dough lamination. When we tell customers that a dough is “laminated,” sometimes they get a funny look on their faces and ask a question about dry erase markers. Worry not, dough lamination has nothing to do with plastic. We thought we’d dig into this essential process on the blog this week to give you a quick rundown of what you need to know about laminated dough. (more…)

Where to Find Cold Drinks for Summer in Dallas

Y’all, it’s only July. In other parts of the country, that means summer is on the backend. Here, it means we’re just getting started. Since summer runs through September (and sometimes October) in Dallas, you need a wide range of strategies for keeping cool. Patios with misting fans are nice, and you probably already know where the nearest pool is, but where’s your go-to summer spot for a sweat-stymieing cold beverage? Don’t worry, we’re on it. Village Baking Company has caffeinated creations to keep the summer swelter at bay. (more…)

How to Celebrate Bastille Day in Dallas

July 14th marks 229 years since the storming of the Bastille. The day has become a celebration of French unity acknowledged around the country, including here in Dallas. We take pride in our French roots, and we always strive to deliver bread and pastry crafted with careful technique. Of course we’re going to celebrate Bastille Day! It’s a day of delicious meals and wine. If you’re new to Dallas, or you’re new to Bastille Day, you may be wondering where you can celebrate. While there are celebrations across the city, for us, Bastille on Bishop has always been our favorite. (more…)