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Local baker serves up recipe for better Lenten fast


Andy LaVallee of LaVallee's Bakery Distributors' in Waltham says his faith has always guided him in his business. Now, LaVallee is giving away special fasting breads for Lent. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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WALTHAM -- Some believe that a diet of bread and water yields the purest fast. However, one local baker says choosing the wrong bread can actually make the traditional Lenten practice harder and he has a recipe for a solution.

At LaVallee's Bakery Distributors' offices in Waltham and at St. Clements Eucharistic Shrine in Boston, local Catholics fasting for Lent stopped by and picked up a complimentary fasting bread kit on Feb. 20 for the bakery's Live the Fast Challenge.

LaVallee's also opened for the public on Feb. 21 in the afternoon and on the morning of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, providing the kits -- containing bread and literature on fasting -- for free, to encourage people to sustain their fast with bread made from natural ingredients.

"If you walk down the supermarket aisle, or you walked into many of the bakery departments of these stores and you grabbed bread, you know 90 percent of those breads are going to have preservatives, additives, and dough-conditioners that are going to help you defeat the fast, not encourage the fast," Andy LaVallee, the founder and owner of LaVallee's, told The Pilot.

LaVallee said the breads with additives can actually cause a person to feel more hungry.

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