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It all starts in the bakeshop

Union Special is a full service bakeshop and café located in the newly renovated Gateway Plaza (off Capital Blvd on Crabtree).

The bakery produces sweet and savory pastry, bread, cookies, and vegan fare for our retail counter and wholesale. All the flours are used are currently sourced exclusively from Lindley Mills in Graham, NC. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a mill so close, and we find that we’re able to make bread and pastry thats indicative of Eastern North Carolina.

Our sourdough bread is made using a single, whole wheat natural sponge. We’ve settled on this style of preferment to take advantage of strong fermentation and subtle flavor development. Our flours are all high in mineral content, and our blends of sifted and whole grain flours help develop a thin, deeply rich crust and a soft, airy interior. Our aim is to create naturally-leavened bread that’s mild and reminiscent of buttermilk as opposed to overtly sour and slightly vinegary.

The pastry program utilizes the same sifted and whole grain flours as our sourdough loaves, but is based on a commercially leavened sponge and Ran Lew Dairy buttermilk. We use whole spelt and high quality butter to deliver the flavor we’re after, buttermilk to soften the finished interior, and a REALLY hot bake to keep the crust flaky and delicious. Each pastry we bake is based on this buttermilk croissant formula, and it’s one we don’t plan on changing anytime soon!

 

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2409 Crabtree Blvd Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27604

 
 

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