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Acme Bread Co.'s Sweet Batard

The first indication comes from your teeth, not your taste buds. Your incisors eagerly break the shatteringly crisp crust. The toasted flavor then hits your tongue, and soon you feel the soft pillow of bread inside. The climax comes when the sweetness of the batard fills your mouth. To us, good French bread is like sex — and this sweet batard has its roots in a country of romance. Acme's owner, Steve Sullivan, studied baking in France and brings his well-known artisan skills from Berkeley to the Ferry Building, where his shop is both retail outlet and full-on bakery. After choosy buyers get the finest grains for the flour, the loaves are lovingly formed by hand. Small batches are baked in a hearth-style oven where injections of moisture produce our lovely batard, one that's both hard on the outside and chewy within. Mon amour pour toi est éternel.

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