Has anyone noted that all the good bake shops have closed? Most of them were family owned and had some really great recipes and the prices were normally in the mid range.
The only bake shops seem to be in the supermarkets and most of the baked goods are so over priced that I tend to look but not buy.
If you know of a good bake shop in your area, tell us about it and where to find it.
I've live in Ann Arbor and we have a few. Zingerman's is well known for all sorts of baked and non-baked goods but their cakes are amazing (although a little pricey). What's more popular these days are cupcake shops - we have two in town: Cake Nouveau and the Cupcake Station.
Since my last post asking about local bakeries, I have found several neighborhood bake shops in the greater Pittsburgh area. I am going to do a series of hubs covering these shops and what their specialties are. I've discovered two shops that are actually run by pastry chefs from France and I'm looking forward to talking with the owners of these shops. I've also been informed of an extraordinary bake shop in nearby Oakmont and I plan to talk with the owners of that shop. Look at my hubs in the next few weeks to see what is actually available in the Pittsburgh area in the way of bakeries that are not run in factories.
I live in a suburb, and there's only one bakery in our town now. The guy that started it/owned it died recently, but for now I guess his family is running it. There used to be another one, but it ended up being relocated inside a supermarket and eventually just "turning into" the store's own bakery. There are more bakeries in the cities, but we're stuck with only one. The supermarket bakery makes ok cakes and some good things, but a lot of their stuff isn't great; and their bread all has some "taste" to it that no other bread I've ever had has. A lot of the stuff sold there is just shipped in from somewhere else and sold as their own; and I've learned over time that most of it looks better than it tastes. The bakery I mentioned specializes in Italian items, and they do make a very good cream puff (although I haven't had one in about 20 years). I was not, however, thrilled with the decorating job they did on my son's Christening cake. (There are real disadvantages to living in a quiet-ish suburb, and the bakery factor is one of them. )
ok they do exist and with the help of some friends I have found a few around Pittsburgh. Today, I'm going to start a review of what I've found and tried. Each time I try a new one I'll add to the review.
So far I've done reviews on 3 bakes shops that are located in little towns or neighborhoods around Pittsburgh. Some got rave reviews and some did not. It was fun experimenting but my diet suffered while I ate to my heart's content.
Not here. You can't walk five blocks without finding a bakery in Brooklyn.
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