Bakeries in Boston


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  • Dancing Deer Baking Company
    The Dancing Deer Baking Co. story begins nearly two decades ago, when three Bostonians opened up a small bakery on a busy corner. The trio christened their company after an antique shop run by one of their grandmothers supplied them with a recipe for a dark-gingerbread cake. One afternoon, a food writer from Hollywood stumbled into the shop, hoping to find directions. After tasting one of their cakes, the captivated writer brought the bakery to the attention of the media, and soon their cookies, brownies, and cakes were being lauded by magazines, newspapers, and television programs throughout the country. Today, Dancing Deer’s boldly colorful packages ship to households across the US and line the shelves of numerous gourmet and specialty retailers. Back at the bakery, chefs continue to whip all-natural, kosher ingredients into decadent cookies, brownies, and cakes. Committed to giving back to their local communities, Dancing Deer owns and operates The Sweet Home Project, which funds direct-action programs to help underprivileged families and the occasional one-legged gingerbread man.
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    65 Sprague St
    Hyde Park, MA US
  • Boston Chocolate Tours
    David Goldstein could be considered a renaissance man: he's organized skiing trips and city bar crawls, founded a murder-mystery dinner theater, and led team-building exercises—one of which focused on sharing his passion for chocolate. As this particular venture garnered public demand, he began traveling across the country to meet with chocolatiers and cocoa experts. In 2009, he returned to Boston and focused his findings and theatrical flair into sweets-focused tours—what he now refers to as his passion business. Today, his team includes chocolate-experience designer Caitlin, two chocolate tour guides, Count Chocula, three pastry-chef chocolatiers, and a wine expert who teaches wine-and-chocolate pairings. The guides lead guests on walking tours and a cupcake crawl through three of Boston's historic neighborhoods, taking them to boutique chocolate shops, bakeries, ice-cream parlors, and a cosmetics company that uses chocolate in its products. In hands-on workshops, chocolatiers teach students how to form truffles, make fillings, hand mold chocolate, and package confections.
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    161 Devonshire St
    Boston, MA US
  • Lulu's Sweet Shoppe
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Lulu's Sweet Shoppe facet_type_id: e7b6e330-5f39-1032-b5ff-9ca70d0ffcb0 html_text: |- Even though Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe's owner, Sandy Russo, perfected her baking skills at culinary school, her confectionary education began many years before that. As a child, Sandy's mother taught her the basics of mixing, measuring, and baking treats that had all their neighbors clamoring for more. Later in life, Sandy decided to help others enjoy the same level of giddy indulgence by opening her own sweet shop, where she transforms 24 different flavors of batter into desserts ranging from dainty mini cupcakes to half-sheet cakes that serve 48. She crafts each treat from scratch, using premium ingredients to create flavors such as s'mores, German chocolate, red velvet cheesecake, Nutella, and lemon curd. To complement her menu of cupcakes, she also stocks the shop with retro candies that jog memories of childhood more effectively than a tattered teddy bear trained in hypnotism.
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    57 Salem St.
    Boston, MA US
  • Oakleaf Cakes
    Butter, sugar, and flour. These three simple ingredients form the basis of each treat cooked up at Oakleaf Cakes. While the ingredients are straightforward, the cakes are anything but, as proven by head baker Amanda Oakleaf and the 4-foot-tall Dora the Explorer cake she constructed on the Food Network’s Cake Challenge. At her shop, Amanda and her team of artists, sculptors, and bakers create treats that run the gamut in flavor and function, from elegant tiers of red velvet to sugary cartoon figurines placed atop marshmallow fondant. Guests can dream up flavor combinations such as gingerbread cake slathered in white-chocolate buttercream or chocolate samoa layered in honey icing, or offer up a 3-D object for Amanda and her team to re-create in meticulous, edible detail. Regularly scheduled cake-decorating classes impart visitors with some of the team’s creative tricks of the trade, such as leveling cakes and keeping schoolchildren from swarming in through the doggy door at the sight of snickerdoodle cupcakes. The bakery's from-scratch approach extends to the attached café, as well. Rather than keeping coffee warm throughout the day, staffers ground and brew each cup to order, using custom-roasted Barrington Coffee beans and an Aeropress. This cutting-edge brewing method is designed to extract exactly enough flavor from the beans to create the best brew possible, and achieves it in less than two minutes. Each sultry cup of joe perfectly complements the bakery's wide assortment of baked goods, which range from classic cupcakes, cookies, and muffins to wholly unique goodies including made-from-scratch pop tarts, artisanal marshmallows, and miniature cheesecakes.
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    1 Pauline St.
    Winthrop, MA US
  • Flour Bakery
    The Three Faces of Flour Bakery Pastries Early risers have an advantage at Flour Bakery—they’re more likely to snag one of Joanne Chang’s coveted sticky buns. These gooey, pecan-topped treats have remained a local favorite since the bakery opened in 2001, even beating out Bobby Flay’s recipe on an episode of Food Network’s Throwdown. But late sleepers aren’t out of luck, as Flour’s shelves stay stocked with an impressive array of treats. In addition to classic croissants and almond biscotti, Chang also churns out housemade versions of Oreos and Pop-Tarts as a loving tribute to the sweets she was forbidden from eating as a child. Savory Sandwiches The fact that Chang followed up her first dessert cookbook with a savory sequel speaks to Flour Bakery’s versatility. A carefully tailored selection of sandwiches helps alleviate some of the guilt felt by those who take Flour’s motto—“Make life sweeter, eat dessert first”—to heart. Cranberry-cheddar cheese and chutney add an unexpected tang to the Thanksgiving-inspired turkey sandwich, and the curried-tuna sandwich showcases sweet bites of raisin, apple, and carrot. Cooking Classes Chang, who majored in economics and math at Harvard, got her start in the culinary world thanks to generous chefs who took a chance on a total novice. Now it’s her turn to pass the torch via monthly baking classes, which teach students of all levels how to recreate Flour’s signature treats at home.
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    12 Farnsworth Street
    Boston, MA US
  • Espresso Love
    If you haven't eaten at Espresso Love, it's a great time to visit the popular bakery. It's a favorite spot for visitors looking for excellent quality and a helpful staff. Many patrons will be quick to point out that Espresso Love is known for its breakfast sandwiches. There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, though the prices are considered to be lower than average, you aren't going to sacrifice any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try. When you arrive, you should check out the turkey club or the curry chicken, since either one is sure to make an impression. In terms of the restaurant itself, it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. WiFi's available if you're trying to get some work done, and in addition to its convenient take-out menu, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town. A reputable favorite for both breakfast and lunch in the Financial District, Espresso Love is definitely a good call. The service, in general, is "friendly" and "great," and food is "good." More specifically, the breakfast sandwiches are touted as "tasty," Also, its coffee shop is known to be "unique" and "good," while the portions are "hearty" and "great," and the breakfast is "great." The restaurant is easily reachable via public transit, and visitors who drive can park nearby on the street. Prefer to pedal there? Bike parking is also provided.
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    33 Broad St
    Boston, MA US

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