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…)

Dallas French Pastry Goes Peach

We’re loving these theme months we’ve been doing this year. Having a special ingredient to work into our French pastries leads to some exciting inspirations. Blueberry, strawberry, and mixed berry have all been fun, but it’s time for something new! In July, berries are making way for peaches! Peach is a tantalizing flavor, but it can also be challenging to work with. It’s tricky to bring out a true peach flavor in baked goods without over sweetening them. Our pastry chefs are up to the task. We’ve composed some tasty peach creations for July that we think you’re going to love! (more…)

The Best Summer Sandwiches in Dallas

We were so excited to open our boulangerie on Lower Greenville three years ago (our little bakery is growing up so fast!) because we were adding a cold case and a prep space to make sandwiches. It was the perfect addition. (If you love everything about the process of baking and eating bread, you’re naturally going to love sandwiches too.) Over time, we’ve found that our sandwiches give us another exciting canvas on which we can express ourselves artistically. We rotate our sandwich menu seasonally, and our summer sandwiches have now officially arrived. As per usual, we’ve brought back some favorites, and we’ve explored some new creations. Of course, the jambon beurre is still there — don’t worry, that sandwich has tenure. Here’s a rundown of our summer sandwich menu, which you can find at both Dallas locations. (more…)

Harvest Time at the Cooper Wheat Fields

A reflection from Village Baking Company co owner Kim Cooper:

This Memorial Weekend our wheat fields are being harvested. As we reminisce on the past year, we think of all the celebrations our family has had at the wheat fields. From the kids playing hide and seek, to an Easter Sunday feast, cocktail hour at sunset with friends, to watching a thunderstorm roll in. We find the beautiful wheat fields a gathering place. How neat that the wheat fields come full-circle. We use the wheat to bake bread for you, so that you might gather around the table with your loved ones. As we watch the wheat being cut, it is bitter sweet. We say goodbye to a beautiful year of celebrating life, but with thankful hearts, we rejoice in what is to come. It’s such an honor to bring the wheat to its final destination: bread on your table. (more…)