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Don’t let this small European style shop fool you. The bread and rolls Adrian turns out are to die for! When the day’s batches are sold out, the doors close. This happens frequently due to the excellent product but you can call ahead to reserve...your order and it will be held for you. Always fresh and delicious. Sooo tasty!More
After a couple of years of buying fresh baked bread from this excellent baker, I can only say that the quality and service have, for the most part, remained the same. The qualifier is only to say that his bread and service are further and...better refined. There's never a miscue, forgotten order, or mistake. And always, a kind and friendly word.
He makes artisnal European white bread five days a week...loaves, rounds, baguettes, and rolls. Wednesday, whole wheat are added..and he will make rollas and baguettes from whole wheat as well upon request. Friday is multi-grain, seeded or not, day. The same applies here. On both Wednesday and Friday, he makes the full comlement of white as well.
Adrian uses the old world process of making the dough slurry the night before, proofing it (fermentation) over night, and making up the various bread products the next day. Good bread has few ingredients...flour, water, and yeast. Perhaps a dash of salt if you like. The quality of the bread comes from the quality of the ingredients and the care and skill in the making.
I'm here to tell you, he makes the best bread anywhere, not just for Maine. I have a family member who travels to central main periodically to pick up bread for himself and a whole list of devoted Universal friends. It's that good.
Going into the small shop is like a trip to a friendly back street shop in Central Europe. It's small, neat, old fashioned, and dedicated to only one thing, fine bread of a particular ilk. His staff is small, but service is fast and friendly. Adrian, himself, is personable and friendly. He's a down to earth guy who has adapted well to his new life in the new world. He has a wealth of fine dining restaurant and baking experience, and is a good source of food information.
Prices are dirt cheap! I'm not sure how he produces shuch lovely bread and still stays in business, but he's a smart guy, so I'm sure he knows what he's doing.
Viva Universal Bread!!!More
This is a lovely French bakery in town. He makes large baguettes for $3.50 and the largest loaves of bread I’ve ever seen for $4.00. He makes rolls by request. When the bread is gone, he is closed. He’s a Frenchman making French bread in...mid-Maine.More
This baker makes wonderful bread. I can never get home with a whole loaf intact. You will not be disappointed by a visit to this small, unassuming bakery. In the city, these loves would easily be twice as much money. He is a bread guru.
Very friendly and gracious owner and staff greet you. They just sell bread and what bread it is. Originally from New York and having visited France and Italy I can say this is as good or even better than any I have ever had. My...wife agrees. I am partial to baguettes but my wife likes the generously sized loaf which is also great. We have had white and wheat.Both are excellent. This baker is truly a master and the bakery is wonder. Come early or reserve ahead of time.More