Rolls in a bag
There was one curious and rather special custom involving Brötchen and Patty and Christoph's morning bakery tour (and it was called 'the Tour'). Every evening certain customers, especially Guesthouses in one neighboring town in particular, would hang a cloth bag on their outside doors with a small note attached to it. The note would instruct the bakery deliverymen how many and what kind of Brötchen they would need for the next day's breakfast table. Patty and Christoph would dutifully make their rounds to all their stops, scout out the Brötchen bags, read the instructions and deposit the requested number and kind of rolls into the cloth sacks. Somehow the accounts were adjusted, invoices were eventually sent and payment was received on a monthly basis. But most importantly, even before the fog had lifted and the sleepy households had roused themselves and shuffled into the kitchen to start the morning coffee, fresh rolls, copious and crisp, hung on so many doorknobs waiting for the breakfast ritual.
We make a variety of Brötchen at Bakery Normand: French Plain, French Poppy and French Sesame Rolls, Peasant Rye Rolls, Caraway/Salt Sticks, Pretzel Rolls and Cheese Pretzel Rolls. They are not the first thing that comes out of our ovens each morning; that would be danish pastry, muffins and scones. But if you don't mind breakfasting a little later some morning, stop in around 9:00AM and pick some up. Try dressing them up German style and you just might discover the best breakfast treat yet. As for the cloth roll bags hanging from the doorknobs, that special tradition is still shrouded in the mist of a not so distant past