Quarantine baking is now officially a thing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and favorite Austin bakery Easy Tiger is making it easier for Austinites who want to make their own bread at home, given the city’s “stay home work safe” order: it’s selling its sourdough starter right now at its currently open drive-thru at the Linc on 6406 North Interstate 35.
The sourdough starter (a crucial ingredient in bread making) is $15, and is accompanied with instructions. Currently, the kit is sold out for today, but it’ll be back in stock as of tomorrow. The bakery is also offering as well as $7 five-pound bags of its flour from Central Milling, a type that is described as being in between all-purpose and bread flours.
“With more time on our hands, there’s never been a better time to learn how to make bread,” said Easy Tiger head baker and bread book author David Norman. The bakery had already received many inquiries regarding its starter before the current pandemic.
The bakery is also looking to put together and sell bread kits with the starter and a bit of flour from local mill Barton Springs Mill, including pan de miele and country sourdough. There are also plans to release instructional videos led by Norman, as well as start a Facebook group to entertain questions. Until then, the bakery encourages people to email questions or reach out through its various social media channels.
Everything is available through Easy Tiger’s drive-thru location at the Linc. Orders must be placed online for pickups. (The restaurants at East Sixth, Linc, and Cedar Park are closed during this time.)