By: Sara De Leeuw

I love that there are businesses in our community who have been making top-notch, high quality products for almost 100 years! Case in point, Some Crust Bakery in Claremont.





They’ve been a working bakery since 1916! It wasn’t officially “Some Crust” until 1978, but remnants of its long baking history can be found everywhere inside this small bakery’s storefront. In the back is a 10-rack rotating oven from 1941, still in use today! The shelving and baking cases are vintage, and the recipes are good, old-fashioned, all butter staples that people in Claremont and the rest of the Inland Empire have come to know and love!





One of the few bakeries in the area who still make everything from scratch, this popular community hangout is a great place to not only get fresh bread (the selection rotates daily), pastries, cookies, cupcakes and custom wedding cakes, but people have been known to wait upwards of an hour or more on the weekends to get a cup of coffee and one of Some Crust’s amazing Egg Sliders.




There is a great hometown feel at Some Crust Bakery. People sitting in the bakery enjoying their morning coffee, all know each other’s names! The staff knows them too, and they also know, from experience, exactly what their regular customers order. They offer a bit of everything at Some Crust and have clients who range from artists to politicians and everything in between.  




When I visited Some Crust, I was fortunate enough to speak with Jack, the Head Baker. He’s the one who told me about the oven! Jack shared that at Some Crust, you get products you can’t find anywhere else. They are an all-butter bakery, and despite the rising cost of ingredients, Some Crust is committed to serving only the best quality pastries and making sure nothing will ever come from a pre-made mix!

Jack had set aside a few loaves of French Bread for me to take home in order to create this month's recipe, and I’m so thankful he did! Life can get busy this time of year, and when you’re busy, it’s nice to have an easy “go-to” recipe that will feed your family, made from ingredients you can trust!





This Easy French Bread Pizza is a life-saver. It goes together in less than 30 minutes and is completely customizable to your favorite flavors! We’ve made this for a simple weeknight dinner, served it as appetizers during football games and even taken it to parties to share with friends.



You’re going to love how quickly you can have this on the table, and if you use parchment paper to cover the baking sheet, clean up is a breeze!



Easy French Bread Pizza



1 Loaf French Bread from Some Crust Bakery

1 14-ounce jar, traditional pizza sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 7-ounce package pepperoni slices

2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning

1/4 cup chopped red onion (optional)

Additional family favorite pizza toppings as desired!



Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Cover large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut French Bread in half lengthwise.

Set French Bread on prepared baking sheet, cut side up.

Spread desired amount of pizza sauce over each side of the french bread.

Spread 1 cup mozzarella cheese over sauce on each half of the bread.

Add pepperoni slices and onion (if using) and any additional toppings.

Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.

Bake French Bread Pizzas for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and sauce is warmed through.

Let rest for five minutes. Cut into slices, and serve warm!




We’re always on the look out for great places to discover in the Inland Empire! We’d love to hear your recommendations for where I can find more delicious ingredients. Help me out! Share where you like to shop in the comments below, and if we go there, we might mention you in our next article! I can’t wait to hear what you have to share!  

Until next time, adventurers!

Full Disclosure: French Bread was provided complimentary by Some Crust Bakery, however all opinions expressed are 100% our own.