About Happy Monk

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The Happy Monk Baking Company offers wholesome breads and sweet baked products to the residents of Pender Island, BC. We take the whole bread baking experience into account, using organic locally sourced whole grains, mostly milled on site, and nurturing our own sourdough culture, used in everything we bake. And the bread oven …

It is the realization of one of my long-held dreams, to bake bread in a wood-fired oven. Over the summer and fall of 2018, we built the oven and (mostly) natural shelter for our baking enterprise. It is made of Pender Island clay and stone, and most of the logs and timber for the shelter came from Pender Island. Read more about the oven here.

It is a thing of pride, and every time we use it, we feel inspired to produce the best bread our hands are capable of. And the sweet things!

Why are we called the Happy Monk Baking Company. A sad monk I know needed cheering up. He’d fallen in love with a woman from the village. She was a baker. Read more about it in the blog!

Look for the Happy Monk Baking Company at the Pender Farmers Market, some time soon, and sign up for our bread subscription service.

Cheers all!

David Morton

The Happy Monk Baker

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The signature of a real wood-fired oven, written o The signature of a real wood-fired oven, written on the backside of a Salish Sourdough loaf from last week. You can see the rectangular impressions of the hearth firebricks. This is as good as a certificate of authenticity, made by Mildrith and the Happy Monk, South Pender Island!😃 you won’t see it in pan loaves, though. Look for it next time you open up a bag of HM bread! 
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The signature of a real wood-fired oven, written on the backside of a Salish Sourdough loaf from last week. You can see the rectangular impressions of the hearth firebricks. This is as good as a certificate of authenticity, made by Mildrith and the Happy Monk, South Pender Island!😃 you won’t see it in pan loaves, though. Look for it next time you open up a bag of HM bread!
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Sourdough Pan Loaf raised on a pedestal.
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Olive Loaf, with a couple of Kalamatas winking at Olive Loaf, with a couple of Kalamatas winking at you from the crust. .
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Olive Loaf, with a couple of Kalamatas winking at you from the crust. .
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Inside Mildrith yesterday morning, 11 Salish Sourd Inside Mildrith yesterday morning, 11 Salish Sourdoughs risen and baked exuberantly to a luscious golden colour. The oven had baked two loads previously and it’s still just shy of 500ºF in there. She’s my inanimate love with a soul!
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Inside Mildrith yesterday morning, 11 Salish Sourdoughs risen and baked exuberantly to a luscious golden colour. The oven had baked two loads previously and it’s still just shy of 500ºF in there. She’s my inanimate love with a soul!
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100% Rye with Currants, a happy loaf to enjoy on t 100% Rye with Currants, a happy loaf to enjoy on this day of rest. .
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100% Rye with Currants, a happy loaf to enjoy on this day of rest. .
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Rye Currant Sourdough coming out of the oven ... t Rye Currant Sourdough coming out of the oven ... this one worked. No curses because it’s Sunday.
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Rye Currant Sourdough coming out of the oven ... this one worked. No curses because it’s Sunday.
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This time lapse from a couple of weeks ago makes i This time lapse from a couple of weeks ago makes it look like I really know what I’m doing. All the mistakes and pauses and curses go by so fast you miss them. Just get a load of that efficiency and intention! Just what you want to see in a baker! 🤣🤣😎

This time lapse from a couple of weeks ago makes it look like I really know what I’m doing. All the mistakes and pauses and curses go by so fast you miss them. Just get a load of that efficiency and intention! Just what you want to see in a baker! 🤣🤣😎 ...

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Happy Monk Blog: Sad Monk, Happy Monk - [ See link Happy Monk Blog: Sad Monk, Happy Monk - [ See link in profile ]

Happy Monk Blog: Sad Monk, Happy Monk - [ See link in profile ] ...

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Einkorn ... Number one on the bread hit parade for Einkorn ... Number one on the bread hit parade for 10,000 years! ☝️ 🤟
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Einkorn ... Number one on the bread hit parade for 10,000 years! ☝️ 🤟
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The Happy Monk Baking Company - Baker's Choice this week: Einkorn; Blog: Rise Up Podcast for early morning listening - [ See link in profile ] ...

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The Baker’s Life: what would you rather do at 3a The Baker’s Life: what would you rather do at 3am waiting for the wood-fired oven to cool down? Stamp paper bags?  Work on the Excel ordersheet? Write a blog?  Sometimes the prow just calls me down to the water and I watch the night sky, flashing red lights on Orcas Island, listen to the water lapping against the rocks. It’s gonna get busy soon! Nice to have a little pause ...
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The Baker’s Life: what would you rather do at 3am waiting for the wood-fired oven to cool down? Stamp paper bags? Work on the Excel ordersheet? Write a blog? Sometimes the prow just calls me down to the water and I watch the night sky, flashing red lights on Orcas Island, listen to the water lapping against the rocks. It’s gonna get busy soon! Nice to have a little pause ...
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“And who are you?" she sternly spoke
To the one beneath the smoke
"Why, I'm fire, " he replied
"And I love your solitude, and I love your pride." "Well then, fire, make your body cold
I'm gonna give you mine to hold. "
And saying this, she climbed inside
To be his one, to be his only bride. .
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Happy Monk Tidings - Baker’s Choice: Hearty Seed Happy Monk Tidings - Baker’s Choice: Hearty Seeded Rye Bread – Blog: Make your own yeast! [ See Link in profile ]

Happy Monk Tidings - Baker’s Choice: Hearty Seeded Rye Bread – Blog: Make your own yeast! [ See Link in profile ] ...

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Happy Monk Tidings: Baker's Choice - Cinnamon Rais Happy Monk Tidings: Baker's Choice - Cinnamon Raisin Bread; Happy Monk Blog - Bread: The Great Leveler; New Bread Delivery schedules; FolkLife Magazine and more! [See link in Profile ]

Happy Monk Tidings: Baker's Choice - Cinnamon Raisin Bread; Happy Monk Blog - Bread: The Great Leveler; New Bread Delivery schedules; FolkLife Magazine and more! [See link in Profile ] ...

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Happy Monk Tidings - Blog Post: The Approachable A Happy Monk Tidings - Blog Post: The Approachable Again - News: Mildrith is Back and Beautiful [ See link in profile ]

Happy Monk Tidings - Blog Post: The Approachable Again - News: Mildrith is Back and Beautiful [ See link in profile ] ...

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Happy Monk Tidings: BREAD DAY SATURDAY instead of Happy Monk Tidings: BREAD DAY SATURDAY instead of Friday; Baker's Choice: Mountain Rye Bread; Blog: Mildrith Emerged Radiant [ See link in profile ]

Happy Monk Tidings: BREAD DAY SATURDAY instead of Friday; Baker's Choice: Mountain Rye Bread; Blog: Mildrith Emerged Radiant [ See link in profile ] ...

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Struan Bread is supposed to be the best toasting b Struan Bread is supposed to be the best toasting bread in the world! This version is leavened with 100% sourdough and 30% whole spelt and I would agree with the claim 130%. Bakers Choice this week!
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Struan Bread is supposed to be the best toasting bread in the world! This version is leavened with 100% sourdough and 30% whole spelt and I would agree with the claim 130%. Bakers Choice this week!
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Happy Monk Tidings - Blog: The France Factor-Rhythms and Life around a small village boulangerie; Baker's Choice: Eminently Toastable Struan Bread; News: Mildrith gets an upgrade! - News: Mildrith gets an upgrade! [ See link in Profile ] ...

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