The most remote bakery in the world (so far) is in Costa Rica!

The most remote bakery in the world (so far) is in Costa Rica!

Posted on 25. Dec, 2015 by in Bread and conversation

In the tiny village of Ojochal, Costa Rica, the roads are all made of dirt and you require a four wheel drive to access some of the more remote houses.  Somehow, thought, it has become a centre of culinary delights with two really good restaurants and, among other things, an excellent bakery - Panaderis del Frances - run by a Frenchman named Frank.

Here is Frank, trained in Paris and living in Costa Rica for the past 25 years.

Here is Frank, trained in Paris and living in Costa Rica for the past 25 years.

For 25 years, Frank has lived and worked in Ojochal, baking French style bread - baguettes, boules, batards, crusty loaves and more including his lovely coconut muffins.  Although he does not have access to good flour (he is forced to use the same rubbish white flour that everyone else has) he bakes delicious bread because he slow-ferments his dough, uses a poolish (a proportion of the dough is prepared in advance and so it adds flavour and texture), and highly hydrates the dough so it is flavoursome and chewy.

We got there late so there was very little left

We got there late so there was very little left

Without a doubt it was a great bread high light in a country where bread is not the highlight!

Welcome!

Welcome!

If you would like to learn more about a poolish - what it is, how to use it and why it makes proper French bread taste good, come and take the French bread class with us!

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2 Responses to “The most remote bakery in the world (so far) is in Costa Rica!”

  1. Monica

    06. Dec, 2017

    Hi, I’m interested in taking a baking class, specifically to learn how to make sour dough bread, I’ll be in Costa Rica in Dicember and the first week of January. Please let me know some details about your classes, Thank you. Monica

  2. webmaster

    06. Dec, 2017

    Dear Monica

    Now I understand your e mail! I responded by e mail that sadly we do not teach bread classes in Costa Rica although I visited your lovely country two years ago and went exploring for bread - and found it! Perhaps you can contact that bakery and he will give you classes? That would be lovely! Thank you for contacting us. Jane

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