Serving La Brea Bakery Whole Grain Bread at a Dinner Party

La Brea Bakery Whole Grain Bread

I love bread and my family loves bread, so we are a bread-lovin’ family!

When it comes to a dinner party, the kind of bread I love to serve is crusty and hearty, and warm and crunchy when you take that first bite.

My heart is racing right now just thinking about it. Especially if there is real butter nearby. :)

I have a standard bread that I love to serve at most every dinner party if I’m in charge of the bread.

Everyone always asks … what kind of bread is this? Because it’s really that good.

Other fresh breads are just as delicious to buy at the market, too, but the process of freezing it first is PERFECT for last-minute company! Because you’ll always be prepared with it stored in the freezer, and pulled out last-minute for baking.

The bread I serve is a whole grain loaf from La Brea Bakery, which I buy at Costco, but I’ve also seen in local grocery stores, too.

Love this quote right on the package:

Upon your first bite, the crackle of the crust gives way to a caramelized layer of crunch that surrounds the loaf; a slight sweetness and developed tang, in one wonderful taste. – Nancy Silverton, Founder and Chief

La Brea Bakery Whole Grain Bread

Here’s my secret on how to bake and get that fresh taste–and crunchiness on the outside–that I learned from my friend, Jami. And remember you can follow this method with almost any kind of bread, as long as it’s frozen first.

How to bake and prepare La Brea Bakery’s Whole Grain Loaf

1. Buy the bread fresh and immediately freeze (in the same packaging it comes in).

2. Heat oven to 375.

3. Take the bread out of the freezer right before baking, and place in the oven for 23 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven; let sit for 3-5 minutes. Slice and serve.

La Brea Bakery Whole Grain Bread

Connecting through a home-cooked meal has always been one of my favorite ways of catching up with friends and getting to know someone new! And it always tastes better with bread and wine.

So try the bread; with butter, of course.

I just know that your guests will ask you about it …

Every single time.

Do you have any bread secrets to share, what’s easy and what kind you love to serve at a dinner party?

If you’re looking for a new spin on butter to serve with the bread, try my Meyer Lemon Honey Butter.

9 comments on “Serving La Brea Bakery Whole Grain Bread at a Dinner Party”

  1. At my local grocery store I ask the bakery for the frozen loafs. So that way they haven’t baked it yet when I purchase!

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  3. Dumb question….sorry! Do you take it out of the package before you put it in the oven?

  4. Nancy is a friend, mentor, and former employer. I even wrote copy for those La Brea Bakery bread bags. Her bread revolutionized the way people think about bread and I’m so glad her culinary imprint is so great. I’m so glad you enjoy her bread as much as I do!!!

  5. I love that crackle-y crunch and warm soft center. Of course slathered with cold, salted butter! The perfect addition to any meal!!

  6. We love LaBrea bread! I usually get it at our grocery store because I haven’t known what to do with the extra loaf when I buy it at Costco. I hadn’t thought of freezing it in its original packaging. Thank you for the good idea and for the specific re-heating instructions! (We usually do olive oil for dipping, but we like butter, too!!)

    Hope you’ve had a wonderful April!

  7. I serve a lot of COBS Bread to company. I love the artisanal breads, the high fibre breads, the yummy seed breads… Oh, dear. I just love their breads. You know I’ll be clicking on that Meyer Lemon Honey Butter in 3..2..1

  8. YUM! i love bread too and Costco always has such yummy varieties. I’ve never thought to freeze it and then reheat. Thanks for the tip

  9. I’ve never seen this bread but I’m going to keep a eye out for it at the grocery store!

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