Schoon de Companje | Craft Colab

Our final #CraftColab crafter is…Fritz Schoon from Schoon de Companje!

“We bake all our breads in a wood-fired oven based on the design of a 17th century Roman communal oven. It is labour intensive, but very special. Time equals taste.” For the CBC Craft Colab, De Oude Bakkerij produced a bread mix, to which one last key ingredient can be added: CBC Lager.

Watch the video here.

Fritz Schoon, founder of De Oude Bakkerij in Stellenbosch, fosters no pretenses about his role in the wildly successful venture. “I bake bread. Real bread. The stuff that feeds people,” he explains candidly.

Schoon’s holistic, almost spiritual approach to baking is perhaps to thank for the resounding success of the company. “Your state of being and intention will show in the end product. If you don’t know how to sweep the floor excellently, you will never be a good baker. Excellence starts from the way that you enter the door in the morning. It is something to be understood and applied to the smallest task,” he shares insightfully.

Also responsible for the success of the bakery is surely its use of premium raw ingredients. “If you want to produce an exceptional product, you have to use exceptional ingredients. Our recipe starts with farming well. We use well farmed grains and have them milled coarsely from our closest farmer/miller,” explains Schoon.

Last but certainly not least, the careful handcrafting techniques employed in the artisanal bakery are reflected in the high-quality final products. “We bake a small variety of breads. We blend our doughs and do not mix them like commercial, or other ‘artisan’, bakers. We bake all our breads in a wood-fired oven based on the design of a 17th century Roman communal oven. It is labour intensive, but very special. Time equals taste.”

For more information on Ou de Bakkerij call +27 21 883 2187, email info@decompanje.co.za, visit www.decompanje.co.za or join the community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SchoonDeCompanje), Twitter (@decompanje) or Instagram (instagram.com/schoondecompanje). Best, though, would be to pop in at tbe Oude Bank Building on the corner of Church and Bird Streets in Stellenbosch to experience the delicious fare for yourself.