Christmas is over and we may have to wait several months for more holiday parties, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop eating delicious pastries.
Bakeries in Utah Valley are plentiful and many local bakers have favorite pastries that are perfect for the winter months. Here are just a few to get you started.
The Maple Bacon Doughnut at Beyond Glaze is by far the bakery’s most popular, according to owner Stacia Rorke. But if this doesn’t sound like what you want, don’t worry. The bakery has 40 different flavors every day. The Cookies and Cream Doughnut is the second most popular.
The shop, located at 356 N. 750 West in American Fork, now has seasonal flavors for winter, including Peppermint Bark, Candy Cane, Eggnog, Gingerbread and Pumpkin Roll. Check out all of the different varieties on the bakery’s website at www.BeyondGlaze.com. You can also see them on Facebook at Beyond Glaze.
The Blonde Who Bakes
French Macarons are the most popular pastry with The Blonde Who Bakes baker Whitney Berge. She offers a variety of flavors ranging from a simple vanilla to a decadent pistachio. The macaron is a light and chewy cookie filled with a variety of fillings, including fruit, caramel and fudge.
The Blonde Who Bakes has been in business for about one year and will be launching a food truck, selling her pastries, in early 2016. In the meantime, check out the Facebook page at The Blonde Who Bakes or email TheBlondeWhoBakes@gmail.com. Orders can also be placed by calling or texting (801) 857-0596.
The Mighty Baker
Dutch Stroopwafels are a specialty of baker Pete Tidwell, owner and pastry chef of The Mighty Baker, located 40 E. 500 North in Provo. This traditional Dutch treat has caramel sandwiched between layers of thin pressed Belgian cookie. According to Tidwell, this pastry is widely served from carts on the streets of Holland.
The Dutch Stroopwafels are made from scratch daily at The Mighty Baker and are one of the most popular items and a great winter treat because they go well with any hot beverage. Check out this local bakery at www.mightybaker.com or on Facebook at The Mighty Baker.
Enliten Bakery and Café
Nutella brownies, éclairs and homemade cinnamon and orange rolls are bestsellers at Enliten Bakery and Café, 43 E. Center St. in Provo. Any of these will go well with the gourmet hot chocolate flavors served at the café, including black and white, white chocolate, cinnamon roll and dark chocolate.
To check out all of their pastries, breads and more, go to www.enlitenbakery.com. You can also look for updates on Facebook at Enliten Bakery and Café.
Laura Giles is a long-time correspondent for the Daily Herald, an educator for Alpine School District and a community member living in Pleasant Grove. She can be contacted at LauraCGiles@gmail.com.