I really want to like healthy bread. Especially the types that I refer to as "bird seed" bread: spelt, sprouted wheat, uber-whole grain packed with nuts and seeds and everything short of wood pulp. All the 60's-organic-hippy-healthiness you'd ever want, just like my mom used to make. They all sound and look so good, each slice looking like it'll supply you with about a week's worth of fiber, but too often they are just dry and crumbly. "Care for a bit of cardboard?"
But I recently discovered one of the best "bird seed" breads I've ever had. Dave's Killer Bread. My favorite is a mini-loaf called Peace Bomb. It's made of whole sprouted wheat and packed with a "good seed" mix consisting of flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, unhulled sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and some other yummy stuff to hold it together. Now you know why I call it bird seed bread. It's dense, moist and deliciously chewy. No sign of cardboard in this bread!
An interesting bit about Dave is that he's an ex-con. When I first heard that I thought that was where the "killer" part came in, but no, killer in this case means really good. While in the clink for other unsavory practices he has taken no lives. Here's a quote from the package of his Peace Bread:
"I was a four time loser before I realized I was in the wrong game. Fifteen years in prison is a pretty tough way to find oneself. It's been said that adversity introduces a man to himself; a whole lot of suffering has transformed an ex-con into an honest man who is doing his best to make the world a better place...one loaf of bread at a time."
Now that's what I call redemption.
Check out this brief mini-documentary about Dave and his Portland, Oregon-area bakery on YouTube.