Welcome to Lara's Loaf Bakery in El Valle
We are bringing authentic, healthy, delicious sourdough bread back to El Valle
"Real bread" was once widely available throughout Spain, often made by hand at home and baked in communal ovens. Today, most commercial bread sold is cheap but typically flavourless and with very low nutritional value
Bread is sometimes labelled "sourdough" even though it's been leavened with fast acting baker's yeast. It meets the legal regulations because some sourdough culture is added to the mix but the quality does not compare
But good news is on the way. Worldwide, there has been a huge increase in awareness of authentic artisan bread and more and more independent bakeries are springing up in unlikely places - like El Valle!
Some food for thought
“I understand the big food companies are developing a tearless onion. I think they can do it — after all, they’ve already given us tasteless bread.” – Robert Orben
“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” ― Julia Child
What makes our bread special?
Our own unique natural culture of wild yeasts and lactobacilli
It takes us over 24 hours to ferment the dough
Made by hand, baked in a stone oven
Top quality, organic cereals. Our flour is locally sourced, milled by stone and unbleached for maximum flavour and nutritional value
6 reasons for choosing sourdough
It's good for your gut health and microbiome and boosts your immune system
Sourdough is a "low-glycemic index food" which helps you maintain a steady level of blood sugar. Highly recommended for diabetics
It "pre-digests" gluten and is easily digested by most people. (it should be avoided by the 1% who are celiacs and must avoid gluten)
A white sourdough loaf is actually richer in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than a conventional wholemeal loaf!
Sourdough sustains you, keeping you going for longer, without bloating
The lactobacilli in sourdough are natural preservatives; The bread keeps well, hardly ever any waste!
Oh, we nearly forgot - authentic and properly made - SOURDOUGH IS SIMPLY DELICIOUS!
Our bakery and how to buy
Lara's Loaf is a "micro-bakery", located in a tiny village, so we are set up mainly for bake-to-order and home/workplace deliveries. We bake in the mornings and deliver in the afternoons. But you are very welcome to drop in during opening hours either to collect your order or to see if we have surplus stock
Expect to see some seasonal offerings from time to time (either Spanish or international) - do sign up to receive news of these and any special offers
You can buy online from this website or from our partners:
1) The La Bolina co-operative www.labolina.org
2) Supermercado Manu y Eloy, Av. Europa, 13, 18656 Lecrín, Granada
3) Bar Tink in Béznar, where you can buy amazing luxury sandwiches made with our bread https://www.facebook.com/tinca.leahy/posts/10159577440983829
Finally, if you need a large order (for instance, a special party or gathering) do get in touch and we will see what we can do for you
We don't just bake breads
Empanadillas a.k.a. Pasties
Cookies and snacks
And we teach! Come and learn artisan baking in a working bakery
We have been successfully teaching sourdough and artisan baking for four years
Unfortunately, teaching is currently suspended due to Covd-19 but we hope to resume when circumstances allow