I hope everyone had enjoyed the holidays. We certainly did, and it was nice to have a couple days off to rest too. As usual we got caught with too few Stollen the week before Christmas. So, for the first time, we baked more of them after Christmas to cover us through Epiphany. As of a an hour or so ago, there were only 4 left, and when they are gone, there won’t be any more until next Advent.
Marquette has a new brewery that I’m very excited about. Dave Manson, and Andy Langolis opened Black Rocks Brewery on Third Street across from Third Street Bagel. For now it’s only open on Friday and Saturday evenings. The beer is great, and it’s hard for me not to get excited when someone is passionate enough about a hobby to take the risk of turning it into a business. Especially one that involves hand crafting and fermentation. I just dropped off some of our Fougasse, and Red Pepper Parmesan Bread Sticks for them to serve with the beer. I suspect they’ll go over well, and we’ll continue to have those items available at the brewery.
We have a fun new item available at the bakery. Rosemary has been working on them for a couple weeks, and we finally put them out for sale yesterday. They are called Cake Pops — small pieces of cake on a stick like a sucker. The ones we have out now are eggnog cake dipped in white chocolate, and they are delicious. And very cute! I didn’t get around to taking pictures yet, but maybe tomorrow I can add one to this post. Please come in, try one, and let us know what you think.