Larder Baking Company
Brentwood, CA 90049
Michele Stueven Larder Baking Company's goods
- Open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Also at 345 Maple Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 248-3779. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Also at 8500 Burton Way, West Hollywood; (310) 278-8060, larderatburtonway.com. Sun.-Thu., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack Food
Venezuelan-born Nathan Dakdouk's passion for baking started at an early age. Raised with his siblings by nuns at boarding school, he would sneak out of his room at night to watch the nuns bake in the kitchen. By age 12, Dakdouk had already mastered his own starter made from local grapes. He brought that "mother" with him to the United States and started Larder Baking Company with Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. His sweet and savory artisan breads and pastries are handmade every day in the 10,000-square-foot facility in Culver City and are available at the Larder at Tavern, Maple Drive and Burton Way, and the Larder at LAX in the Tom Bradley Terminal. You can also find the breads at some Whole Foods stores. There are 25 varieties of breads, including the signature blueberry boule, which makes a wonderful last-minute dessert toasted and topped with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey. That also works great for the date walnut or the cranberry pecan boules. The olive loaf is perfect with an afternoon cheese platter. And the pastries! The line includes a huge selection of cookies (ginger date molasses, peanut butter sandwich, white chocolate cashew) and croissants (ham and Gruyère) as well as muffins (pumpkin with pepitas), brownies, blondies, monkey bread and pecan sticky buns. Best scones: apricot pistachio and maple fleur de sel. —Michele Stueven
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