Gallery: Behind the Scenes: Pain D'Avignon Bakery in Cape Cod

The Mixing Room
The Mixing Room

There's a Pain D'Avignon baker mixing dough in an industrial-size mixer. The piping to his right delivers some of the 12 tons of flour used each week directly to the mixer bowl.

Multigrain Dough
Multigrain Dough

A portion of multigrain dough awaits shaping, while Cleberson Lemos, head baker at Pain D'Avignon, works nearby.

Dividing the Dough
Dividing the Dough

Dough portions coming out of a dough divider to be shaped.

En Couche
En Couche

Baguettes proofing en couche, in flour-coated linen cloths, to support and protect them while they ferment.

Roll On
Roll On

Multigrain loaves get a coating of rolled oats before proofing.

Proofing Room
Proofing Room

Pain D'Avignon retards nearly all of its shaped loaves in a giant, high-humidity proofing room. The long, cool ferment lets the bread develop maximum flavor before baking.

Scoring
Scoring

Scoring baguettes before they get loaded into the oven.

Into the Oven
Into the Oven

A baker removing baguettes from one of Pain D'Avignon's four Bongard deck ovens.

Room with a View
Room with a View

Pain D'Avignon has a restaurant attached to the bakery so the lucky diners seated in the back can watch the bakers while they work.

Cooling Off
Cooling Off

Baguettes cooling on a rack.

Bagging Room
Bagging Room

Quartered loaves of Pain D'Avignon's pain de campagne (5 pounds each when whole) waiting to be bagged up.

Vojin Vujosevic
Vojin Vujosevic

Pain D'Avignon co-founder Vojin Vujosevic explaining the philosophy behind his company's approach to bread baking.

The Lamination Room
The Lamination Room

In addition to loaf breads, Pain D'Avignon produces a wide variety of pastries and laminated breads. Here, executive pastry chef Else Rhodes demonstrates how to shape a croissant.

Croissants Proofing
Croissants Proofing

Croissants proofing on a rack.

Pain au Chocolat
Pain au Chocolat
Monkey Bread
Monkey Bread
Café
Café

In addition to the restaurant, Pain D'Avignon has a retail space and café adjoining the bakery, where nearly all of its breads and pastries are available.

Mario Mariani
Mario Mariani

Pain D'Avignon general manager Mario Mariani posing with a loaf of the bakery's signature pain de campagne.

Behind the Scenes: Pain D'Avignon Bakery in Cape Cod