CEO Shaun Navazesh keeps ancient bread making relics on display at
Shasha Bread Company headquarters in Etobicoke Ontario.
Photo: Shasha Shaun Navazesh
In December 2014 Shasha Shaun Navazesh gave me a tour of his organic food store and bakery in Etobicoke Ontario to show me how he does things differently.
We began in the Shasha Bread Co Sprouted Grains
dept of his large bakery facility. ShaSha Bread Co.has been
sprouting organic, vegan and non-genetically modified grains
since 1999. I detailed the whole process of how Shasha makes flour and bread with sprouted grains in my article on Toronto is Awesome magazine, and wrote about the science of making baking bread with sprouted grains on Fuel Ghoul. At the end of tour, Shaun gave me a loaf of Ezekiel bread and walked me out past his mini- museum and store of antique bread making items.
A corn broom and cookie rolling pins in a well crafted wrought iron flat pan. These are African cooking implements. The corn broom could be the whisk the breadmaker uses to gather the flour dust from the common trough in which the grain was ground.
Shasha also has Victorian Era Chocolate Easter Egg Molds
Easter eggs are a very old Christian tradition. The Easter egg
symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus. To ancient man the egg
was a miracle. A chicken egg appears to be dead, like a stone, yet
a living bird hatches from inside the rock. Similarly, the Easter egg, for
Christians, is a reminder that Jesus also rose from such a grave, and that those
who believe will also experience eternal life.
This mold appears to be made of a tin and such molds were used for such
teacakes, and petit fours were all baked in small, stamped-tin “patty
This mold is for large chicken egg sized chocolate
eggs. This relatively lightweight tin mold snaps tight to keep heat in and bake the oval
objects hard with a smooth finish on the surface that happens naturally
when the chocolate cools *in some processes with some types of
chocolate. This is most definitely a sturdy, well-built, professional
mold. Hinged on one side, it has hinges and a clapse on other side to
hold it closed.
Inside, you will see that the tops of
each egg have slightly different shapes which is a sure sign this piece is handmade by smiths
pressing the metal. Egg mold will make four eggs at once. These small treasures and more are on display in the office of Shasha’s bakery in Etobicoke. You can find out even more about the place, people and products and read about how Shasha bakes bread with sprouted grains on Smart Canucks.