About As Kneaded Bakery

As Kneaded Bakery is a woman-founded artisan bread bakery whose sourdough loaves, French baguettes, challah, and noshes nourish communities across the Bay Area at farmers' markets, independent grocers, restaurants and as of November 3, 2018…our very own brick-and-mortar store in San Leandro at 585 Victoria Court!

 

About ILIANA BERKOWITZ, OWNER & head baker

A Bay Area native, Iliana spent years on both coasts honing her craft in bakeries and restaurant kitchens before deciding in 2016 to build her own bread business--one that would reflect her unique palate, perspective, and passion. After developing an initial fan base through pop-ups and a weekly bread subscription program, known as “Bread Club,” Iliana took the leap to serving wholesale accounts and farmers’ markets. As AKB continues to reach new heights, Iliana's original mission remains the same: Deliver wholesome breads of unparalleled taste, texture, and substance--and a few bread puns every now and then for good measure.

IMG_0779.JPG
56927_full.jpg

 

MEET THE REST OF THE AS KNEADED TEAM

We’re hiring a full-time baker to join our growing and fabulous team!

 

AS KNEADED IN THE NEWS

Screen Shot 2018-10-22 at 2.25.43 PM.png

EATER SF

“San Leandro is getting a new, bread-focused bakery that is sure to become the envy of surrounding East Bay cities…Beyond the deeply dark crusts, what’s striking about these loaves is how distinct they taste from one another.”

img-8536.jpg

EAST BAY EXPRESS

“Speaking of magical, the breads here are something special. Each type of loaf is distinct…each of the breads are made from carefully time-tested recipes. ‘They all come from somewhere in my history as a baker,’ Berkowitz said.”

SJM-L-ASKNEADED-1107-01.jpg

THE MERCURY NEWS

“As Kneaded Bakery specializes in crusty, naturally leavened sourdough loaves, classic French baguettes, and challah. The bakery, which opened on Nov. 3 and currently operates weekend-only hours, also offers a range of noshes, from bialys and bostocks to morning buns. But, make no mistake, this is not a place for croissants or cookies.”

COLorganicepicure-knead-1-e1541037405201.jpg

J. The Jewish News of Northern California

“At our bakery, every dough is completely different. We are harkening back to the craft of bread making. It was not invented here in the Bay Area in the last 20 years; it’s an art that’s centuries old.”

bakery-6.jpg

DIABLO MAGAZINE'S EAST BAY 40 UNDER 40

"Meet the latest wave of inspiring local superstars who are rewriting the rules of the game...[including] Iliana Imberman Berkowitz, owner/head baker at As Kneaded Bakery."

Slide1.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE

"The bread's flavor is hearty and robust, with a hint of caramelized sweetness...It'll make you feel like you're at a corner bakery in Paris."

IMGL0085.jpg

BERKELEYSIDE

“[Berkowitz] said, ‘I also think it’s important to know your local baker and have connections with the people who are nourishing you. My bread is an extension of me. We are linked inextricably.’”

56927_full.jpg

PALO ALTO WEEKLY

"Inspired by the miche at famous Paris bakery Poilâne, Berkowitz's is a deep brown-and-amber color, dotted with crevasses, air pockets and a sprinkling of white flour. It's chewy, dense and full of flavor."

596685289cd21.image.jpg

SAN MATEO DAILY JOURNAL

"Bread baker Iliana Berkowitz is kneading her way into the community and rising up in the artisan business world."

920x920.jpg

SFGATE/SF CHRONICLE

"Instead of brown rice, Pokeatery uses bread from As Kneaded Bakery, which is then topped with a schmear of Hass avocados. From there, diners can build their own dream toast by choosing from a variety of toppings."

As Kneaded breads recently made a cameo appearance in this video produced by our customer, Bianchini's, celebrating their local growers and food purveyors. Check it out!

farmers-mkt-map-summer2014-mod2.jpg

EDIBLE SILICON VALLEY

"A good loaf of sourdough can change your world, according to Zavala, and those from As Kneaded Bakery will be the ones to do it."

Delish.png

DELISH BY PALO ALTO WEEKLY

"As Kneaded Bakery was born as a pop-up...grew to offer a variety of breads that reflect Berkowitz's background -- the classic French baguette, the rustic round miche, challah and others"