At this kosher bakery, less challah and more pane rustico

Below: Karen and Richard Blacker and their sesame and sweet challah; above: their rugelach.
Below: Karen and Richard Blacker and their sesame and sweet challah; above: their rugelach. Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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For five years, all I’ve wanted is [to make] artisan bread,” says Karen Blacker, who owns Blacker’s Bakeshop in Newton Centre and the new Blacker’s Bread Basket in Newton’s Nonantum neighborhood with her husband, Richard. “Now I can do it.” Though the philosophy at both locations is the same – no dairy or nuts, everything kosher-pareve – the emphasis at the Bread Basket is a little less challah, a little more pane rustico. The couple leased more kitchen space in September because they had outgrown the work area in their original bakery. The Nonantum building, which had housed several bakeries over the years, is about three times the size of the other location.

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