What You'll Get
In roughly 4 billion years, scientists predict, the Earth will have finally baked long enough in the sun's rays to be ready to eat. Until then, you can get your pastry fix with today’s Groupon: $5 for $10 worth of fine baked goods at Swiss Haus Bakery in Rittenhouse Square.
At Swiss Haus, you’ll be treated to classic European recipes that have been a Philadelphia institution for more than 85 years. These are the cakes of Old World lore, whose crumbs marked the way home through deep, dark forests. Try the hazelnut cake, Swiss Haus’s crown jewel and raison d’être. This hazelnut sponge cake, with thick Swiss vanilla buttercream and Swiss chocolate shavings, came to Philadelphia by way of a European family in 1923. Joining it were pastry compatriots: rum cake with vanilla-almond cream and mocha cake with Swiss mocha buttercream and crushed cashew nuts. Invest your Groupon in your very own 7-inch hazelnut cake ($21), and feed six to eight people something three-layered famous. Pastry chef Donna Canzanese whips up both traditional recipes like these, which she learned from the original Christian family bakers, and newer baked treats.
If your pastry ambitions run smaller than cake-size, Swiss Haus also has a comfortable, welcoming café area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea paired with one of the smaller pastries ($2.99 to $5.50) or cookies ($14.99 per pound). Strap in for seven layers of satisfaction with the Clichy, a seven-layer, coffee-brushed biscuit alternating with chocolate buttercream, raspberry, and ganache. There's the guilty pleasure of the Mozart, a hazelnut meringue treat with chocolate buttercream and cake, finished with white chocolate mousse. Or choose from the 30 varieties of cookie available every day, from the butter cookie dipped in chocolate and chocolate sprinkles to the white chocolate macadamia nut.
Back in the 20s, when the Christian family introduced their recipes to Philadelphia, they opened the Swiss Pastry Shop. It operated for decades but closed in 2007, causing hazelnut withdrawal symptoms for loyal customers, the Hausman family. Two years ago, Jim Hausman convinced Canzanese to keep the pastry ovens burning and opened Swiss Haus to carry on Philadelphia’s butter, cream, and sugar traditions.
- [The hazelnut sponge cake is] rich without being overly cloying and the taste is immensely satisfying. The hazelnut layers are delicate yet sturdy enough to support the thick buttercream. The pink buttercream roses are perfectly piped and the dark chocolate shavings add an incredible contrast to the hazelnut cake and sweet frosting. – Amy Leis Hocking, Amiable Life
And, perhaps most importantly, the Dalai Lama eats Swiss Haus cakes.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must redeem in 1 visit. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Swiss Haus Bakery
Back in the ’20s, the Christen family introduced its recipes to Philadelphia with the opening of the Swiss Pastry Shop. The shop operated for decades but closed in 2007, causing hazelnut-withdrawal symptoms for loyal customers, such as the Hausman family. Thankfully, several years ago, Jim Hausman convinced the shop's pastry chef, Donna Canzanese, to keep the ovens burning and opened Swiss Haus to carry on Philadelphia’s butter, cream, and sugar traditions.
Today, at Swiss Haus, you’ll be treated to classic European recipes that have been Philadelphia institutions for more than 85 years. These are the cakes of Old-World lore, whose crumbs marked the way home through deep, dark forests. The hazelnut sponge cake, for example, with thick swiss vanilla buttercream and swiss-chocolate shavings, mingles with pastry compatriots: rum cake with vanilla-almond cream and mocha cake with swiss mocha buttercream and crushed cashew nuts. If your pastry ambitions run smaller, Swiss Haus also has a comfortable, welcoming café area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea paired with one of the smaller pastries, such as the Mozart––a hazelnut-meringue treat with chocolate buttercream, cake, and white-chocolate mousse––or cookies, of which there are 30 varieties.