Sign Me Up

Sign Me Up For:

  

 

Our Partners

 



 

Search CT Bites
Eating Out

Still looking for KIDS SUMMER COOKING CAMPS? We've got just the right class for all ages in our Guide to Kids Cooking Classes for 2014. 

BEST TACOS IN CT...The only guide you need this summer. 

Our Sponsors

 

 

Twitter
We Wrote A Book!

Entries in Bakery (52)

Sunday
Jul272014

Sweet Pea’s Baking Company: Greenwich Bakery Serves Breakfast & Lunch w/ International Flair

Sweet Pea’s Baking Company is not just another small town bakery – it’s much more. Owners Rafael and Katjia Pita met as young students in Paris. There, on their first date, they shared their mutual dream of one day opening a bakery. Their journey brought them to Francisco, Paris, and Brazil, New York, and finally to Old Greenwich, Connecticut, where they decided to settle down with their 4 young children and finally pursue their dream.

Their storefront shop initially offered only artisanal breads, pastries and a few other select items along with their own in-house roasted coffee. In the year since they opened, they’ve transitioned from a small bake-shop to a café with an impressive offering of both prepared and made to order breakfast and lunch items. Katjia describes herself as the baker – loving the precision and exactness of it all, and refers to her husband, Rafael, as the creative one. Together their science and art created a winning combination. 

Whether you want a small treat and a cup of their wonderful coffee, or something a little more substantial you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your mood.

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Jun052014

Doughnut Day: Best Doughnuts in Fairfield County & Beyond

Friday June 6 is National Donut Day! Yes, it's an actual holiday... it started in 1938 and has been celebrated on the first Friday in June ever since.  Back then, making doughnuts proved a complicated ordeal, with people resorting to wine bottles as rolling pins and metal tins as cutting edges.  Today, however, several CT restaurants have made doughnuts an art form.

As a Stamford resident, I constantly heard people talk about the legendary donuts at the Lakeside Diner.  Their rounds are neither ornate nor revolutionary.  Instead, the old-fashioned donuts taste just like something Grandma would have pulled out of the oven.  The classic cake recipe has a dusting of granulated sugar that pleases children and adults alike.

On the other side of the spectrum, Orangeside of New Haven eschews tradition and bakes up SQUARE donuts.  It started out as an exercise in frugality; traditional round cutters proved expensive and the square shaped reduced the amount of scrap dough.  However, the original design became an instant hit, even recognized by Saveur Magazine as one of the top 50 donuts in the United States.

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Jun012014

Cookies for Kids With Cancer: Danbury Bake Sale, June 8 at Danbury Square

Cookies for Kids' Cancer will hold a bake sale on Sunday, June 8 at 10 am in Danbury Square in Danbury, CT.

“We are determined to raise as much as we can for childhood cancer research,” says the sale’s organizer (and Fine Cooking senior editor), Denise Mickelsen. “We invite everyone interested in volunteering, baking, or stopping by for some delicious treats to do so. Every dollar counts and we need your help!”

A national 501(c)3 non-profit, Cookies for Kids' Cancer is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. They provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events.

The Danbury bake sale will have cookies and other baked goods, raffle prizes, balloons, and much more for the entire family.

For more information on the organization, visit the Cookies for Kids' Cancer website, and stay in touch locally at Danbury Cookies for Kids with Cancer on Facebook.

Click to read more ...

Monday
May262014

gingerbitz Bakery Opens in New Canaan: A Sneak Peek

“gingerbitz” is opening its doors in what owners Andrew and Karen Zuckert call the store’s “dress rehearsal” and CTbites and Hearst Connecticut Media Group were invited for a sneak peek and sample several of Karen’s delicious creations.

Described as a bakery and café, gingerbitz is a welcome addition to New Canaan, which has yearned for a local bakery for many years. The longtime dream of New Canaan residents Andrew and Karen Zuckert, gingerbitz represents years of dedication. Karen is well known within Fairfield County for her amazing gingerbread houses that have graced many mantles, as well as featured at numerous holiday festivals. When the opportunity arose to open a bakery in town that would “broader showcase Karen’s talents,” the couple jumped at the opportunity. They painstakingly and meticulously renovated the location, developed relationships with vendors to provide organic products and Andrew embarked on his search for the perfect coffee.

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Mar292014

Sono Baking Company Opening Darien Shop on Tokeneke Road

The Sono Baking Company is expanding their bakery mecca and opening up shop in Darien. This Sono institution has just signed a lease for a new shop at 49 Tokeneke Road. The Darien location will feature a cafe serving grab-n go-items as well as a full espresso bar to accompany their wide selection of baked goods, cakes, pastries, cookies and artisan breads. A selection of lunch offerings are also on the agenda, but that is still in the works. Owner John Barricelli says "We hope to be open by the middle of July 2014."  We hope so too. Who doesn't need a good espresso?  

The Darien outpost will be Sono Baking Company's 2nd satellite location beyond the Norwalk mother ship bakery and retail store. 

The Sono Baking Company 49 Tokeneke Road, Darien CT. 

Sono Baking Company and Cafe on Urbanspoon
Wednesday
Jan152014

Stew Leonard's Introduces Croissant - Bagel Hybrid...The Crogel

Stew Leonard’s bakery team in Norwalk, Conn. has introduced the Crogel, a croissant-bagel hybrid.  Created by baker Tania Portela in Stew Leonard’s Norwalk store, bakers shape croissant dough into the size of a bagel, kettle boil the dough and then hearth bake it.  The result is a pastry that is crispy on the outside and buttery and flakey on the inside. 

Since the product was introduced in Norwalk on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Stew Leonard’s has sold more than 1,000 Crogels.

Crogels are made fresh daily by Stew’s team of in-house bakers and are sold in packages of two for $3.99.  They are available in plain and multi-grain.

While they are currently only available at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, Stew Leonard’s in Danbury & Newington, Conn. and Yonkers, NY will offer Crogels by Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Stew Leonard’s in-house bakery teams make hundreds of fresh Crogels by hand every day.   Starting Saturday, January 18, 2014 customers are invited to sample the new Crogels at any of Stew’s Leonard’s bakery departments. 

Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Conn. and Yonkers, N.Y.  Please visit www.stewleonards.com for directions.

Sunday
Jan052014

Valbella: Old School Italian Elegance in Greenwich

I never go to Italian restaurants in Connecticut because I was lucky and spoiled enough to have eaten in Italy - a lot - and I always feel disappointed in the American version of Italian cuisine. So when a friend begged me to review VALBELLA in Greenwich, I was reluctant to say the least. The pastry chef, she claimed, was world renowned and his food art simply had to be reviewed. I did some research and decided to acquiesce. For more than 20 years, the stately, Victorian Valbella has been the archetype for excellent but old school Italian cuisine in the Greenwich/Riverside area, and has successful sister locations in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and Midtown. And I can understand why. It is in no way funky or hip or cool but is extremely elegant and the food, though I am hesitant to admit it, was outstanding. 

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Jan042014

Loaf of the Week at Scratch Baking

 

Beginning on January 31, 2014 for 8 weeks, Scratch Baking in Milford will be kicking-off their second annual "Loaf of the Week" club. Participants, known as "the loafers," receive a surprise bread and spread each week, paired with a recipe. Think of it as a winter CSA for your bread box.

"It really is alot of fun and honestly it is perfect for winter time when you just want to curl up and fire up that crockpot," said Lesli Flick, Scratch owner and baker. 

Last year, Scratch's Loaf of the Week baked fresh loaves of brioche paired with a cinnamon raisin butter, ciabatta with pesto, and rosemary focaccia with a lemon curd. The cost to become a Loafer is $65 for 8 weeks of breads and spreads.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Dec272013

"Small, Sweet, and Italian" from Sweet Maria's (Waterbury Bakery)

The arrival of the holiday season gives rise to lots of thoughts. Plans for Christmas, and wish lists for gift-giving and receiving rank high at the moment, and interwoven with those is another shared, defining theme—food, as in feasts, finer and heartier fare than in fairer weather and a seasonal amnesty from sweet-treat restrictions.

That’s where Maria Bruscino Sanchez—aka Sweet Maria—comes in.

The owner and baker for nearly 24 years at Sweet Maria’s in Waterbury, a Connecticut destination bakery for cakes, cookies, biscotti and more, Bruscino Sanchez recently released her latest cookbook, and it’s a perfect one both for this time of year and for how we like to live, and eat, now. 

In Small, Sweet and Italian, with 75 recipes and simple, straightforward instructions, “The mini sweet trend takes an Italian holiday with recipes like Cappuccino Hazelnut Cupcakes, tiny Torta Caprese, mini Italian cream horns, cannoli, Bellini and Limoncello cupcakes.”

The word “mini” is the key here; these are small bites that are far more delicious and satisfying than they are filling—meaning you can sample a variety without guilt.

“Mini everything has taken hold of the entire bakery industry,” Bruscino Sanchez writes at the beginning of the book, which, before digging into the recipes, offers an ingredients/pantry section, notes on the necessary equipment, helpful mini primers on baking techniques and even a section on pairing desserts with dessert wines. 

“I grew up in a family where small portions meant a meal to serve twelve!” she writes in an opening section of the new book entitled La Dolce Vita means “The Sweet Life.” “Many of us love keeping up traditions, yet our lifestyles have changed to eat smaller and lighter. By baking minis, you can have it all: flavor, tradition, and variety.”

Read the full article on ConnecticutMagazine.com. 

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Nov062013

Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, Coming to Greenwich via Serendipity Magazine

A Slice of Cake Boss via Serendipity Magazine

Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s Cake Boss and owner of the famous Carlo’s  bakery, is opening shop in Greenwich, CT, this fall. He talks to Serendipity about  the sweet life and what to expect at the new site: delicious pastries, over-the-top cakes, and maybe even tv cameras!

Why did you choose Greenwich for your first Carlo’s Bakery out of New Jersey?
I love it here, it’s a great town. I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend here. There’s so much to do on Greenwich Avenue, and so many families in the area. I knew it would be a great fit for the first Carlo’s Bakery outside of New Jersey. I have friends who live in the Westchester area, so I’ve been able to get to know the area better when I visit them.

Everyone wants to know — will you be working at the new bakery?
Of course, I’m going to be there as often as I can. I’m a hands-on person, and it’s very important for me to make sure that our Greenwich location will meet the same standards I’ve built for Carlo’s Bakery. So, I’ll be here to make sure we’re running smoothly.

Click to read more ...