Q • Would it be possible to get Companion’s Corn Bread recipe? It is so moist and delicious. It is a favorite of our 1-year-old grandson, Jack. — Mary O'Neill, Ladue
I am 101 years old, and the grocery store near me no longer sells Companion’s Corn Bread. I still bake, so if Companion would share its recipe, I’d be most grateful. — Madeline Haake, St. Charles
A • Josh Allen has been baking bread for St. Louisans since 1993 when at age 24 he opened a bakery in South City. Today his crusty European-style breads, Bavarian pretzel rolls and pastries are found in Companion cafes in Clayton and Ladue along with an “Early Bird Outlet” open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the original bakery.
But Companion breads are also found in local grocery stores and local restaurants, about 80 percent of the company’s business is wholesale. Allen says, “I’m honored to support other local businesses. St. Louis is an amazing community of support. People here really adopt those who bring talent to the city.”
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Allen still works elbow-deep in flour. “I love what I do, and I do what I love,” he says. “The bread pulls me back if I’m away from it too many days in a row.”
The recipe for Companion’s Corn Bread was developed for retail and wholesale sales by Marla Scissors, an accomplished pastry chef who developed Companion’s first line of pastries. Scissors died of ALS at age 39 in 2008.
Allen says, “We wanted a bread to serve with soup. It’s a little sweet, a little soft, a little cakelike, the opposite of our ‘crusty breads.’” Butter gives the Corn Bread both flavor and a tender crumb. “We aren’t afraid of butter.”
Allen and his wife, Melissa, live in Clayton with their four (soon-to-be five) children. Allen says, “Corn Bread is one of the few things our 3-year-old will eat.”
8143 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, and 9781 Clayton Road, Ladue
314-721-5454 (Clayton) and 314-352-4770 (Ladue)
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