Seasonal might be the most overused word in the food world at the moment. But just when you’re ready to stick it in the freezer, along comes a freshly baked twist: seasonal bread. Acclaimed Cape Cod, Mass.-based baker Pain D’Avignon recently launched its Bread of the Month Club, featuring a monthly shipment designed to match seasonal weather and activities. For example, in the frosty grip of January, four rustic French boules will arrive with a recipe for accompanying soup. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the February dispatch features heart-shaped chocolate hazelnut bread. There’s Irish soda bread with currants in a nod to St. Patrick’s Day in March, multigrain rolls and breads referencing spring’s renewal in April, and artisan hot-dog buns in time for July cookouts. The flavors of Thanksgiving inspire this month’s cranberry-pecan pull-apart rolls, while December samples the raisin-studded Italian holiday bread, Panettone.
Subscriptions range from a full year down to three months; it’s also the ideal hostess gift that captures the season whenever it occurs.
$150 to $500, including shipping.