Brot \bro:t\ - German for
2.loaf of bread
3.slice of bread
BROTBAKERY AND BROT BAKEHOUSE SCHOOL AND KITCHEN -
A unique bakery and baking school, inspired by artisan foods and the rich baking traditions from around the world
Brotbakery was launched in 2012, after more and more people stopped by for the breads we made in the wood-fired oven of our Vermont farmhouse. Growing up in Germany we were heavily influenced by the rustic, hearty country loaves you still find in many European bakeries, with inspiration from the rich food tradtions and bread-skills in the Americas.
From dark, crusty wheat loaves to sweet rye breads: We make bread the way it should be made: Starting with organic grains, sourdough culture and salt, adding just water and lots of time to develop flavor, texture and digestibility. Once you've taken a bite you'll taste the difference.
Thankful to be based in Vermont - where local, fresh ingredients are bountiful and community support is strong - we pride ourselves on using only the freshest, most flavorful ingredients. Whenever possible we source from our Fairfax bakery homestead and from local farms where the land, animals and workers are treated with respect and integrity. By promoting the use of chemical-free, whole food ingredients, we hope to continue building a holistic food culture, ensuring nutrient-dense, natural foods remain an option for the next generation.
Visit our bakery on Saturdays in the summer to taste some bread, sip a coffee and check out the wood-fired oven, or come and take a baking class with us!
At Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen we focus on small, hands-on classes and technical information to help you understand the alchemy of bread baking. But you're not spending the day in your typical 'school classroom' : Our working bakery is nestled between Lake Champlain and the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont; here European hospitality and a peaceful, serene setting meet high-quality instruction. Our teaching approach is different: expect to put your hands in the dough and be challenged - and to leave with a new appreciation of the world of wild yeasts and microorganism.
Perfect for those who want to learn and unwind - and smell the most beautiful thing in the world (well, at least for us...): freshly baked bread!
We are proud to have received the internationally recognized Slow Food "Snail of Approval" certification in 2015, a unique, world-wide recognized award that recognizes the work with quality, sustainable and local foods. We are also a member of the Bread House Network, an international network of bakers and food activists promoting the idea of positive social change in the world through bread-making service and high touch therapy.
We teach classes and workshops year-round in our modern, inviting bakehouse and kitchen located in the beautiful countryside of northern Vermont. We are also available for private classes and group classes that can be tailored to your needs - please check our class page for upcoming classes and more information, or email us for more information.
Looking for a team-building activity? We have done classes as part of a company meeting or retreat for up to 10 people, and can build one for your needs and your time-frame. We have done everything from Pizza classes to Baguette workshops, vegan cooking and sourdough intensives - just contact us and we'll be happy to develop a class that fits your needs.
Q: Can you accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies?
A: Please let us know about dietary choices ahead of time - we are usually able to accommodate them and are happy to offer tasty alternatives. The classroom is a working bakery and we use wheat, soy, nuts, seeds and dairy plus other allergens in our daily production. Please note that we are not equipped to host guests with serious food allergies.
Q: Do you serve or cook with meat in class?
A: We are a vegetarian bakehouse, school and kitchen and do not offer classes or products that contain meat. However, we use locally sourced, organic dairy and cheese in several products and in the kitchen. All class tastings have vegan options.
Q: Can I bring children to the baking or cooking classes?
A: We welcome children of all ages to visit the bakery, but taking a class is probably not for most children under the age of 15. Certain classes are more hands-on and better suited for young adults and kids, but most classes are long and require attention and a basic understanding of culinary techniques. We are happy to create a private class for your family or group with children; here we can tailor each class to your family's needs and the age of your children.
Who We Are:
Growing up in bread-centered Germany, Heike Meyer, bakeress and founder of Brotbakery, developed a taste for good bread and pastries early on, strictly requesting only the heartiest whole grain rye breads for her Kindergarten lunch box and developing her first pastry recipe (an apple cake that was barely edible) at age 5.
Since then Heike has been baking alongside respected master bakers in Germany, France and the United States. Every year she takes a winter break to travel the "world of food", discovering traditions, researching new recipes and learning new techniques and honoring the rich traditions of artisan bakers and food makers around the globe. Her husband Jens and bakery-dog Indy are the happy "test-eaters" of the bakehouse.
In the summer months we bake hand-shaped breads fresh in the wood-fired oven, right here in the Vermont bakehouse, were we are also constantly developing new recipes with our own sourdough culture, freshly ground flours and organic ingredients. The breads are flavorful, crusty loaves of country-style breads & sprouted grains, made from heritage wheat, spelt and rye - plus some unusual pastries and cakes for the sweet tooth.
P.S. Brot is the German word for bread, the phonetic spelling is our logo: \bro:t\
More about the bakeress...
Heike Meyer was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and studied Food & Nutrition as well as Tourism & Foreign Languages at Fachhochschule Kiel/Germany. She traveled the world for many years while working in the tourism sector and later in the media industry, never leaving her passion for baking out of sight. In 2008 she moved to Vermont to focus solely on natural baking, the art of pastry making and food education. Heike learned the art of bread baking at Weichard Brot, Berlin's oldest biodynamic bakery, and with Jeffrey Hamelman at King Arthur Flour & Bakery in Vermont. She has studied with craft bakers at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, Blue Hill at Stone Barnes in New York, Runner and Stone in Brooklyn, and many others.