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Tag: Ukrainian grocery stores Tacoma

May
22nd

Store grazing: Old-world bread at local European markets

Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left). Peter Haley / Staff photographer
Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left).
Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Carbavores in search of old-world bread — have I got a place for you. A reader tipped me to a newer bakery and grocery store in Fife that makes the kind of bread that is densely textured and rich in flavor. It’s sturdy enough to hold up on a panini press and hearty enough to sop up the richest stew.

The bread at Kusher Bakery is made simply, using a fermented dough mixed from straightforward ingredients with no preservatives: flour, water and salt. The recipe is Ukrainian — a family method handed down through generations.

Owner Anatoliy Zaika has been baking the bread for five years in the South Sound. He previously operated Kusher as a wholesale bakery in Federal Way for four years before opening his Fife Ukrainian bakery and grocery store to the public less than a year ago.

“It’s healthy, it’s simple ingredients,” is how Zaika described his bread, which he makes in about a dozen variations — from savory to sweet. Read more »