Archive for April, 2014

Borracchini’s Bakery

April 25, 2014

I have driven by Borracchini’s dozens of times but never been in, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this Mount Baker Italian bakery. But stepping inside was like being transported straight to New York City – the place felt like a corner deli, and the selection of goodies could have come right out of Little Italy.

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I was excited to see they also sold bread – plentiful and cheap. I bought a loaf of rye and then took some time picking out dessert (they let you sample everything!).

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There were so many kinds of cookies (although sadly no black & whites) and the prices were extremely reasonable. I chose a chocolate cookie, snickerdoodles, and some rainbow sprinkle sugar cookies, along with a package of “croissant breadsticks” covered in sesame seeds.

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The breadsticks had gone a bit stale but were fine after I heated them up in the toaster. The sugar cookies and snickerdoodles were fine but unremarkable – similar to what you’d get at the grocery store. The chocolate cookie, on the other hand, was lovely. Soft, gooey, cocoa-y, with a nice glaze on top. They made a smaller version as well, but I’m glad I got the large. Overall, I’d say use this place for feeding a crowd, but if you’re looking for that one special dessert, you might do better elsewhere.

 

 

 

Kaffeeklatsch

April 16, 2014

I never go to Lake City – it’s relatively far from Cap Hill, and let’s be honest, if you’re not in the market for a used car, there isn’t much reason to visit. But I didn’t want to leave any bakery untried, so I made the trek to Kaffeeklatsch, a neighborhood bakery that I ended up wishing was in a different neighborhood so I could visit more often. But to their credit, they work really hard to enrich the Lake City area, and advertise all kinds of community events.

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The selection of pastries and desserts got me excited, but when I saw the array of breads for sale my heart was won. I had a hard time choosing between the Sunflower Rye and Potato, but ended up instead with a Challah-type loaf called a Hefezopf.  I also went with the Linzertorte and chocolate chip cookie.

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The bread was excellent (I’m a sucker for a good egg-wash), but the Linzertorte could have used a little salt on top (whereas the cookie had too much). What won me over was the inspired cinnamon roll, pictured below with icing on the side:

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It was a beautiful thing while it lasted! I loved the browned caramelized “top” and perfect flaky texture (not chewy or dry!). Just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon flavor too. Perhaps its better that they remain in Lake City, or I’d have to do a lot more Pilates!