July 21, 2012 |
Having a good bakery-cafe in the neighborhood is a quality-of-life issue just as much as having a serious coffee shop or wine bar. Just as young chefs are moving into far-flung neighborhoods to open their own places, bakers who may have been caterers or pastry chefs at high-end restaurants are venturing out on their own too. Three neighborhoods just lucked out with this newish crop of bakery-cafes from some stellar bakers. Proof Bakery I couldn't believe it. Closed on Mondays.
June 5, 2012 |
In hopes of upgrading its pastry offerings, Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to spend $100 million to acquire the San Francisco artisan bakery Bay Bread and its La Boulange brand. The company's pastries are made using fresh and locally sourced ingredients favored by its French founder, Pascal Rigo. His operation runs 19 La Boulange stores in the Bay Area that sell croissants, pastries, cookies, breads and more. Starbucks said Monday that it was acquiescing to customer demand for "more wholesome and delicious food options" by rolling out products created by Rigo at U.S. Starbucks stores, starting in the San Francisco area in early 2013.
June 4, 2012 |
Starbucks Coffee Co. is planning to add artisan breads and pastries to its menu, spending $100 million in cash to buy Bay Area bakery brand La Boulange. Acquiescing to customer demand for “more wholesome and delicious food options,” the Seattle cafe giant said Monday that it will buy San Francisco-based Bay Bread and hire French baker Pascal Rigo from investment group Next World Group. Rigo's “secret and storied recipes,” which involve fresh ingredients and locally-sourced produce, will be integrated in Starbucks-owned stores across the U.S., starting in the San Francisco area.
May 5, 2012 |
Scones are one of the basic pleasures in life. Like biscuits with a touch of added sweetness, the best scones are delicate and light yet somehow wonderfully rich, each bite suggesting bits of butter that have all but disappeared, leaving behind tender, flaky layers. A scone is a singular work of art, yet any sweet or savory flavorings just add to the magic. And as hard as it may be to resist a beautiful scone in a bakery display case, nothing beats the flavor of homemade. Like biscuits, scones are part of the quick bread family, rustic cousins to more refined pastries and cakes.
May 5, 2012 |
Dear SOS: I was recently in Atlanta visiting a friend. She took me to Highland Bakery, where I had the most delicious sweet potato pancakes. Can you please try to get the recipe? Thank you so much. Stacy Wawerchak Redondo Beach Dear Stacy: Fresh off the griddle, these warm and tempting sweet potato pancakes are lightly spiced and deliciously aromatic. You could top them with maple syrup, but they're best drizzled with Highland Bakery's rich praline-like brown sugar butter sauce.
April 19, 2012 |
A Pennsylvania bakery teased by presidential candidate Mitt Romney for cookies that looked like “they came from the local 7-Eleven bakery” has turned a joke that fell flat into a marketing opportunity. During a campaign event in Bethel Park, Pa., this week, Romney sat down with locals, took a look at the cookies they'd baked for him and offered a joking response. “I'm not sure about these cookies. Did you make those cookies?” he asked the women around him. “You didn't, did you?
February 23, 2012
Pastry obsessives might have an affinity for layer cakes, fruit tarts or croissants, and may even know where to score kouign amann (the caramelized Breton pastry). Filipino silvanas and Danishes by way of Taiwan are probably a taller order. How about warm Persian sangak slathered with cultured cream and honey? Or the Chilean cake brazo de reina filled with dulce de leche ? Here are some bakeries from recent Find columns at which to get your beyond-chocolate-chip-cookies fix. - Linda Burum, Miles Clements, Betty Hallock and C. Thi Nguyen Chilenazo Baker Ruben Villaruel is baking more than Chilenazo's sturdy buns - the foundation of the Chilean cafe's hefty sandwiches.
January 12, 2012 |
If you aren't up to speed on what the Transportation Security Administration has labeled Cupcakegate , here's a quick synopsis . Traveler Rebecca Hains of Peabody, Mass., last month had a cupcake confiscated as she passed through airport security at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The TSA maintains the cupcake raised suspicions because it came in a jar and contained "gel-like" frosting that was deemed to have exceeded the 3-ounce limit. Enter the TSA Compliant Cupcake, a new product from Silver Spoon Bakery in Providence, R.I. "We wanted to take a tongue-in-cheek look at what the ideal cupcake would be to be TSA compliant," Silver Spoon owner Kelly Colgan says Thursday.
January 5, 2012
When reader Jefferson Davis wrote Culinary SOS asking for help finding a recipe, he didn't mince words: "The apple butter cake at Huckleberry is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I can't stop thinking about the taste. I would do anything for the recipe, including washing dishes there for the day. It's that good. " And he's not exaggerating. We tested this recipe over and over — not because there was anything wrong with it, but because we couldn't get enough. It has a dense, crumbly texture from almond meal and cornmeal and a rich flavor from plenty of butter.
December 29, 2011 |
Dear SOS: I am in love with a cookie from Euro Pane in Pasadena. It is the mocha cookie. We were in the restaurant last weekend, and I asked for the recipe, and they laughed at me. I thought you might have a better chance. Thanks, Lisa Richmon Hawthorne Dear Lisa: It's love at first bite with these cookies! Crisp yet chewy and oh-so wonderfully rich, there's no shortage of chocolate in Euro Pane's mocha cookie recipe (it includes a shot of espresso, which helps to deepen the flavor of the chocolate)