• What does The Bakers Dozen stand for?

    The Bakers Dozen traditionally stands for 13. Here’s a story regarding how the concept came up (Please note there is no proof for this story maybe true, might not be , but it sure makes for a good tale)

    In medieval Europe, bakers were considered to be nobles and given a high stature since they were food providers. However, as is the case with all things excess, they grew greedy and started cheating their customer by giving smaller loafs and making excess profit. Due to the increasing number of complaints, the king passed a rule saying any baker caught cheating would be subject to the punishment of his hands being cut so that he can never bake again. The bakers guild grew wary of this and hence passed a rule saying From today, all bakers shall provide 13 to a dozen i.e. provide slightly extra as insurance against being accused of cheating. That is how Bakers Dozen became 13!

    For the folks at The Bakers Dozen, 13 symbolises always doing a step extra, whether it is using high quality ingredients, not using chemicals or preservatives, or only selling fresh breads etc. Hence, they are The Bakers Dozen!

  • Is this an international chain?
    No, this is an Aamchi Mumbai based chain, but our Head Chef/Co-Founder is a trained baker from The French Culinary Institute, New York and from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris.
  • What is special about you and the other breads at TBD?
    First of all, the TBD bakers do not add any preservatives. Hence, you get more from your bread as compared to other commercial alternatives. For e.g. TBDs wholewheat half loaf weighs 300 g and full loaf weighs 550 g. Any full loaf of commercial bread weighs 400-450 g since chemicals help in increasing dough volume. Thus, in some way, you get more bread for your buck! Nutritional benefits aside
  • No preservatives is great! But does that mean you won’t stay long? Do I need to consume you quickly?
    The unique German technology adopted by TBD called Modified Atmosphere Packaging, ensure the breads have a shelf life of 7 days with no need for preservatives. However, since Indian weather is not that conducive for breads, our strong suggestion would be to store the bread in an airtight container in the fridge. The airtight container prevents drying on exposure to air since we do not contain fats. As and when you want to consume me, toast a slide and voila, I am ready
  • I don’t want the whole loaf, its too big. What do I do?
    I would suggest if you are unable to finish me in the next 3-4 days, then cut me into half and freeze the first half of it. It will last in the freezer for a very long time. A lot of our customers do this and find that it works very well for them.
  • When do you come fresh to The Baker's Dozen stores?
    I am baked fresh every morning and arrive at 8 am to all the TBD stores.
  • If I see you at the store at any time, how am I sure you have been freshly baked today?
    These folks at The Bakers Dozen are a bit crazy about quality. They only sell breads baked fresh the same day at their stores. Any leftover bread is discarded appropriately. Hence, I can guarantee that I shall always be fresh when you see me pinky swear!
  • Are you 100% wheat?
    We are wholewheat breads i.e. there is a proportion of aata and maida in a similar ratio as that in the wheat kernel. When one says it’s a wholewheat bread, its always a proportion of the flour that is wheat. The proportion ranges anwhere between 30 to 50% aata. During our recipe development, the TBD chefs realized that if they would make 100% aata bread, the taste gets very wheaty and heavy to digest and to overcome that, we need to add taste masking agents like molasses and chemicals. But on testing, they realized that a 50% aata bread with no chemicals or preservatives is nutritionally better as compared to a 100% aata bread with artificial chemicals and preservatives.
  • Are there any products which are vegan?
    The TBD bakers do use dairy products and eggs in some of the products. However, all my sourdough brothers (Four Grain, Pain Aux Cereales, Baguettes, Ciabatta etc) are vegan. Focaccia is vegan too.
  • Q. Are there gluten-free variants of you available at the TBD stores?
    A. The TBD bakers bake a delicious gluten-free flourless chocolate cake wedge. Gluten-free breads are under development
  • Q. Are there any products which are vegan?
    A. The TBD bakers do use dairy products and eggs in some of the products. However, all my sourdough brothers (Four Grain, Pain Aux Cereales, Baguettes, Ciabatta etc) are vegan. Focaccia is vegan too.

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