Synopses & Reviews
Mention Grand Central Bakery to a Seattle or Portland native and they'll light up as they tell you about gooey, jam-filled buttermilk biscuits, insanely flaky pies and pastries, and flavor-packed whole wheat cinnamon rolls. Now these much-loved recipes are available to home bakers for the first time, accompanied by easy-to-follow pointers on baking breakfast and brunch, cookies, fruit desserts, cakes, pies, and more.
This collection of more than 100 recipes draws on a treasury of Grand Central staples and family favorites. The Grand Central Baking Book offers detailed, delicious recipes for some of the bakery's best-loved goodies, along with technique-driven workshops offering in-depth explanations of baking methods and helpful shortcuts from seasoned bakers.
On page after page, Piper Davis, the daughter of Grand Central's founder and now the company's cuisine manager, generously lets home bakers in on all the family secrets that have made Grand Central the first morning stop for locals since 1972.
Distilling more than 35 years of innovation, experience, and genuine love of good, fresh food into simple, accessible recipes, Piper Davis and award-winning pastry chef Ellen Jackson invite you to make popular Grand Central Bakery goods in your own kitchen.
"Davis, daughter of the woman who founded the renowned Pacific Northwest bakery Grand Central, shares secrets for 85 breakfast pastries, scones, cookies, pies and other baked goods in this reliable resource. Would-be pastry chefs looking for culinary showmanship will likely be disappointed by Davis's rustic recipes, but those with an appreciation for solid, buttery fare will be swooning over the results from recipes like individual bread puddings, Belgian waffles, Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies and a rich Raspberry Port Trifle. Unfortunately, those results are always thoroughly described in Davis's instructions — not a problem for the bulk of recipes (tarts, cakes, sticky buns) but problematic for more unusual entries like Dutch Babies or biscuit-like Jammers. Still, Davis makes up for these occasional lapses with useful pro tips like how to freeze pies, pie dough and cake batter to maximize efficiency come production time. She also provides proper techniques for a range of skills, from dough handling to building and decorating the perfect layered birthday cake. Readers passionate about their baked goods are sure to find a wealth of favorites." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"At last, we have a long overdue glimpse into one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bakeries. This book is comprehensive, fun, and enticing!" Cory Schreiber, founder of Wildwood and coauthor of Rustic Fruit Desserts
"The recipes in this book are just like Grand Central Bakery: brilliant but not flashy, tasty but not self-absorbed, and full of homey charm. You will be smitten!" Tom Douglas, chef-owner of Dahlia Lounge, Lola, and Serious Pie, and author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen
"There is a familial quality to good baking, a no-nonsense wholesomeness with the scent of freshly baked muffins. Piper and Ellen have captured this, as well as the wonderful style and character of Grand Central Bakery favorites. This is a practical and functional book that is bound to become lovingly tattered on your shelf." Greg Higgins, chef-owner of Higgins Restaurant and Bar and recipient of the James Beard Award Best Chef: Northwest
Grand Central Bakery is a favorite bakery and local treasure for Pacific Northwesterners; it has also been named one of the top ten bakeries in the country by Bon Appetit. Home bakers can now enjoy and create some of the much-loved recipes in this collection of goodies.
Pacific Northwesterners flock to the Grand Central Bakery, and now the much-loved recipes are available to home bakers for the first time, accompanied by easy-to-follow pointers on baking for breakfast and brunch, cookies, fruit desserts, cakes, pies, and more.
About the Author
Piper Davis is an avid baker who inherited her ease in the kitchen from her mother, Grand Central Bakery founder Gwenyth Bassetti. Piper grew up at her mother's side in the kitchen, cooking and baking for their food-centric family. Now, as co-owner and cuisine manager of Grand Central Bakery, named one of the top-ten bakeries in the country by Bon Appétit
, Piper gets to share her love of fresh seasonal food with happy customers every day. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Ellen Jackson is an award-winning pastry chef, food writer, and stylist who has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Introduction … 1
1. Stocking the Larder … 2
2. Breakfast and Brunch … 14
3. Keeping the Cookie Jar Full … 52
4. Mealtime … 92
5. Everyday Fruit Desserts … 118
6. Cake … 142
7. Time for Pie … 170
Index … 196