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Former Dai Due Pastry Chef Wants to Open Her Own Bakery

Fresh bread is the main focus of L’Oven

Breads from Abby Love
Breads from Abby Love
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Abby Love, the former pastry chef of local-obsessed Dai Due, is looking to open her own bakery, L’Oven. But before she could do that, she needs to raise money, and to help her achieve that goal, she wants to lead baking workshops. For that, she launched a GoFundMe campaign for equipment and the such.

Update, February 9: Love’s campaign was funded; she raised $6,340.

Don’t expect cakes or cupcakes at L’Oven. Instead, the “pretty rustic bakery” will be “very bread-heavy,” Love said. “Just bread and pastries.” She eventually wants to be able to offer wholesale carbs too, which will happen after the bakery proper opens.

Workshops are planned for the bakery too since she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. While she doesn’t have a location set, she’s looking at east and north Austin.

Love’s looking to raise $5,000 for necessary mobile equipment for the classes. She’s also offering preorders on classes to help raise money too. In the meantime, she’s teaching workshops and classes at Confituras and Skinny Lane farms that have sold out quickly. She’s “excited that there are people who want to learn this,” she said.

Love left her Dai Due position in September 2017. She had been consulting with Barton Springs Mill, helping them figure out how to translate the stone-milled flours into everyday recipes.