It can be argued that one of the best things about living in the age of the internet is that your favorite “local bakery” doesn’t necessarily have to be local. You know the kind of place – the best bread, fresh ingredients, unique options. Berlin Natural Bakery is just like that. Specializing in bread and baking products made with spelt, even though they’re in Ohio and I’m in California, their specialty products from the heart of Amish country are made available online or in natural food stores near me, like Whole Foods.
Berlin Natural Bakery does everything with heart. A simple glance at their About Us page will tell you the how and why of their beginnings as well has the heart and drive of how they got to where they are now. In addition to breads, noodles, flour, and sweet treats, they offer a wide variety of unique food products, like Whole Spelt Stuffing, The Better Burger Bun, and Organic Spelt Pasta.
One of many things that makes Berlin Natural Bakery stand apart from other bakeries is their use of spelt, an ancient grain known for its many health benefits. One benefit of using spelt instead of traditional flours is that it’s easier to digest, which is especially important for those with wheat-sensitivities.
It’s not often you can justify eating cookies because they’re good for you! Berlin Natural Bakery Chocolate Crinkle Spelt Cookies are made with whole ingredients, like pure vanilla, whole spelt flour, cane sugar, and cocoa powder.
And they’re delicious! The consistency is perfectly soft and chewy, and they are generous in size. In all honesty you’d never know they were store bought!
I’ve been dealing with digestive issues myself this last year after having my gallbladder removed. I’m particularly mindful of the foods I eat, and sprouted grain breads are my preference. I was really pleased to discover Berlin Natural Bakery Whole Grain Sprouted Spelt Bread. They took a good thing and made it better! According to the description, they stone ground the spelt on site and that process is also part of what gives this bread its unique texture: “The sprouting process combined with the naturally occurring high water solubility of spelt grain aid in the ease of digestion.” I found this bread was soft, even after being shipped, and worked perfectly for our favorite sandwiches.
Something I was truly excited to discover from Berlin Natural Bakery was that they had a whole line dedicated to pizza night! We love homemade pizza and my family literally raved all through dinner about the meals we made with these ingredients.
Simply Sauce Pizza Sauce is pizza sauce how I would make it – from scratch and with all the right (non-GMO) ingredients. At 16 ounces, there is plenty in this jar for at least two pizzas. I loved that it was thick and hearty and that you could see all the delicious herbs clearly.
I’ve always made homemade pizza crusts, but the White Spelt Pizza Crust from Berlin Natural Bakery has officially given me a run for my money. It’s made with unbleached white spelt flour and honey (among other things), and so easy to prepare. I simply brushed it with olive oil before adding the sauce.
With a name like Biblical Bread Sticks, I had to try them! These herbed breadsticks are made with sprouted whole grain spelt flour, honey, sprouted barley, millet, sprouted lentils, sprouted soybeans, and lots of delicious herbs to compliment. I brushed them with melted butter, fresh garlic, and kosher salt, then baked according to the directions. They were amazing!
My family is truly a group of pizza snobs. We are very used to our homemade version and we have a handful of select pizza places from which we like to order from time to time. That said, our homemade Berlin Natural Bakery pizza was a huge hit. The sauce was sweet and thick and flavorful and the crust was thick and crispy on the outside and soft and just the right texture on the inside. The best part is that all the ingredients were non-GMO and good for us. Both my kids said we need to do this one again soon!
You can learn more about Berlin Natural Bakery online at berlinnaturalbakery.com, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. You can find a store near you that carries Berlin Natural Bakery products through their store locator.
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