Archive for February, 2010

Purim

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I need to post a quick note to let you know that we are making a last minute effort to make some Hamantaschen for the Jewish Holiday of Purim that falls on Sunday.

Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen are traditionally baked and eaten for Purim. They are small triangular pastries or cookies that are filled with poppyseed, or fruit filling.  It seems like there is a yeasted pastry version, and a cookie version.  Since it’s a last minute decision to make them, we are using our cinnamon roll dough which happens to almost perfectly match the yeasted version’s recipe; and we will be filling them with raspberry filling.  I’m not sure how they will turn out.  If they look good, we will be selling them tomorrow morning.  If not, we will  probably have some samples for you to try.

I’ve put the March bread schedule up on the website.  I was planning to put Cranberry Pecan Bread back on the schedule, but I found out a few days ago that Pecans have nearly doubled in price over the past couple months.  So, we will be having Cranberry Hazelnut Bread instead.  I personally like the flavor of hazelnuts better in bread anyway.  Other than that, most everything else is the same.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Lent begins today.  Instead of focusing on Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Carnival/Paczki Day as the last day to “live it up”, I prefer to focus on the Lenten journey.  We are a society where “living it up” is the norm, and have the wealth to eat whatever we want, whenever we want.  Even “normal” foods are filled with sugars and fats to make them more appealing and profitable.  Emphasizing one more excuse to over-imbibe in fatty, sugary “food” that sadly, rarely has much real flavor is not what we need when epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease are raging.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

We will be marking the 40 day journey of Lent with Hot Cross Buns every Wednesday.  Our Hot Cross Buns are made following the British tradition.  The allspice spiced buns are lightly enriched with currants, golden raisins, and small amounts of butter, eggs and sugar.  The cross is made from another dough that is baked right onto the bun.  The are delicious, and a reminder of where we are traveling.

Valentines Day

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Valentines Day falls on Sunday, and unlike the flower shops, we are sticking to our normal business hours and remaining closed on Sunday.  We will be open through 4pm on Saturday.  In addition to our normal assortment of breads and pastries,and we have several special Valentines Day treats for you to choose from.

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Heart shaped Sugar Cookies – Our simple, sweet, buttery sugar cookie decorated in shades of pink, red and white.

Linzer Cookies — Originating in Linz, Austria, this cookie has raspberry jam sandwiched between two thin layers of hazelnut cookie.  It’s as lovely as it is delicious!

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies dipped in white chocolate (Gluten Free) — Imagine our Chocolate Hazelnut Meltaways, but much thicker and cut into heart shapes.  What could be better?  How about dipping them in white chocolate?  They are a chocolate lover’s dream, and they are still gluten free as a bonus!

Chocolate bread — For Valentines Day, we are making a special edition of our chocolate bread that will have dried cherries in addition to the chocolate chips in the lightly sweetened chocolate crumb.  It will be available on Saturday only.  (Also please note that we will not be baking chocolate bread during lent which starts next Wednesday.  This is your last chance to get it until after Easter.)

As with the other holidays, we are likely to be very busy.  We will try to bake enough, but calling ahead and placing an order is your best bet to get what you want.

Happy Valentines day!

Peter