What is it? What is it not?

Hannam & Co. loaves are not made with flour. Or yeast. They contain no grains, and hence no gluten*...or any other binding agent, for that matter. No xanthan gum, no tapioca flour, no potato starch, or eggs, or milk. They certainly have no sugar added and in fact, in the case of the Flatwhite and Superseed varieties, contain no measurable sugars at all**. They are bread for people who can’t or don’t eat bread. Coeliacs, diabetics and vegans love them, but so do plenty of people with no dietary needs other than the simple pleasure of biting into a crunchy, nutty slice of seeds.

*as tested by F.A.C.T.S. | **as tested by Microchem Lab Services (Pty) Ltd. ( SANAS-accredited)

Why Buckwheat?

Despite it’s name, buckwheat is not a grain at all. It is the seed of a flowering shrub, closely related to rhubarb, and is grown in many countries throughout the world. It’s seeds are rich in many of the minerals that are needed for healthy living – manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc – as well as several B-vitamins, dietary fibre and resistant starch, which studies suggest may lower blood sugar level. They are also mucilaginous, meaning that once they are soaked and ground, they don’t require any binding agent to set during baking.

Our Products

FLATWHITE

Our simplest recipe, made from de-hulled buckwheat seeds, water, sea salt and…that’s it. Nothing else added at all. Finely ground, giving a lighter, open texture and a subtle, nutty taste.

SUPERSEED

The original, and still the most popular, Superseed is coarsely ground, dense and full of flavour. Packed with buckwheat, black and white sesame, flax and sunflower seeds, it is almost sinfully healthy, with sea salt, water and a touch of turmeric being the only additional ingredients.

TEATIME

The Teatime is a decadent treat for the healthy eater.  Made with sun-dried raisins, spiced with cinnamon and ginger, and sweetened with natural stevia extract, it’s like a slice of toasted hot-cross bun, ready to enjoy with a cup of tea…whenever you feel the need!

FLATWHITE TOASTER

per 100g

per 40g slice

Energy

798kj

319kj

Protein

7.4g

2.96g

Glycemic Carbohydrate

34.0g

13.6g

- of which total sugar

0.0g

0.0g

Total Fat

1.30g

0.52g

- of which saturated fat

0.25g

0.1g

- mono-unsaturated fat

0.55g

0.22g

- poly-unsaturated fat

0.51g

0.2g

- of which trans fat

0.0g

0.0g

Dietary Fibre

5.8g

2.32g

Total Sodium

372mg

149mg

SUPERSEED TOASTER

per 100g

per 40g slice

Energy

846kj

338kj

Protein

6.5g

2.6g

Glycemic Carbohydrate

30.8g

12.3g

- of which total sugar

0.0g

0.0g

Total Fat

4.32g

1.73g

- of which saturated fat

0.62g

0.25g

- of which mono-unsaturated fat

1.44g

0.58g

- of which poly-unsaturated fat

2.26g

0.90g

- of which trans fat

0.0g

0.0g

Dietary Fibre

6.7g

2.68g

Total Sodium

203mg

81.2mg

*Nutritional information for the Teatime Toaster available soon

THE SERVICE DINING ROOMS

Whilst we are continually striving to avoid wastage, there are inevitably times when we have surplus stock. These loaves go to this inspiring charity based right up the road from our bakery. Providing 800+ meals a day to the homeless and to feeding projects and schools across Cape Town, they fill the stomachs of those who need it the most.

RE-USEABLE PAN LINERS

Rather than using chemical release sprays or silicone-lined pans, both of which consume large quantities of water for washing, we make our own custom-fitted Teflon liners. Easily removed and re-used many times, they can be simply cleaned with minimal water usage.

BREADTAGS FOR WHEELCHAIRS

Started by retired nurse Mary Honeybun in 2006, this wonderful initiative collects breadtags for their recycling value. From this, they buy about 75 wheelchairs annually! We are more than happy to pay above the odds to support their cause. Sorted and sterilised, these are the tags that help to keep our loaves tidy and fresh.

ALTERNATIVE PACKAGING

Although our standard BOPP bags are ideal for freezing and are recyclable, we support efforts by a number of our stockists to minimise their use of plastics. To this end, we use brown paper or corn starch bags specifically for these retailers.

About

Like so many good things, the Hannam toaster began with a mistake - I bought a bag of buckwheat instead of bulgur. But once in hand, I did a bit of research and came across the very recent concept of a loaf made by soaking and grinding the seeds, then fermenting and baking the resulting 'porridge'. I liked the idea of a loaf that not only contained no gluten, but also no animal fats, no sugar, and no yeast. From the very first bake, the bread proved extremely popular. On a trip to Sweden that same year I visited Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, and was fascinated by the practical demonstrations of traditional crafts, particularly the making of knäckebröt by a retired teacher working in an 18th-century kitchen. I recreated her recipe, added a 'secret' ingredient, rolled the dough ever thinner, and entered the World Bread Awards, held in London every year. I won the Flat Bread category, and was inspired to focus further on baking. During 2017 I was still working in the film industry as a designer, but devoted an increasing amount of time to refining my recipes and baking techniques. Demand for the gluten-free buckwheat bread kept rising. Baked from our home kitchen, twelve loaves at a time, I was selling privately through a WhatsApp group, before being contacted by Ommy from the Olive Branch Deli in Kloof Street, Cape Town. He had heard about the bread from a regular buyer, and soon he too was asking for a regular delivery. I started looking for premises and for appropriate equipment to be able to test the concept further. By February 2018 I had taken on a baking assistant, moved into the kitchen space of newly-developed café, The Electric, on Canterbury Street, in the East City precinct. With a newly acquired 80-loaf oven and self-designed fermentation cupboard, we began trading as a sole-owned Pty under the name ‘Hannam & Co’. Since then, we have steadily increased our output, and now supply some 30 outlets in and around Cape Town. We look forward to rolling out across the country. Thank you for your support!

CONTACT US

Email address:
hello@hannam.co.za

Tel no:
+27 82 7883282

Physical address:
Unit 5 Island Works,
22 Cumberland Road,
Paarden Eiland,
Cape Town 7405