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May
19th

Cinnamon rolls return to Freighthouse Square – at Sasquatch Cinnamon Rolls

Sasquatch's cinnamon rolls are served in a 7-inch disposable pie pan.
Sasquatch’s cinnamon rolls are served in a 7-inch disposable pie pan.

Depending on the Scandinavian address, they’re kanelbullar or skillingsboller. Around here – we just call them cinnamon rolls.

Dagmar Simard is a Tacoman by birth, Norwegian by heritage. Her cinnamon rolls – err, skillingsboller – looked every bit a Norwegian pastry, but relayed an American recalibration – a spice often subtracted outside Northern Europe.

“The only thing we’re missing is cardamom,” confirmed Simard, whose Norwegian mother and great aunt – both named Mona – taught her to bake as a youngster growing up near the Salishan neighborhood. She described her maternal elders with her signature salty humor, “Cranky old Scandinavian women; in flour sack dresses, with pudgy ankles.”

Peterson, with her son and husband, opened Sasquatch Cinnamon Rolls in April in a small cafe space in Freighthouse Square that long has hosted bakeries. Read more »

Jan.
29th

12th Man cookies and sweets – a sugary salute to the Hawks

Beast Mode oatmeal Skittles cookies from Only Oatmeal Bakery. Photo courtesy of Only Oatmeal
Beast Mode oatmeal Skittles cookies from Only Oatmeal Bakery. Photo courtesy of Only Oatmeal

Bakeries are jumping on the 12th Man bandwagon and making sugary treats for a Super Bowl XLVIII party or just to nibble on. Here’s what I spotted this week: Read more »

Dec.
20th

Sweet finds: Cookies from 7 South Sound bakeries

Corina Bakery: Gingerbread men, gluten-free cookies and seasonal cookie bars are available in the bakery case at Tacoma's Corina Bakery.
Corina Bakery: Gingerbread men, gluten-free cookies and seasonal cookie bars are available in the bakery case at Tacoma’s Corina Bakery.

You know you hate baking when you resort to trickery to pass store-bought cookies off as your own.

I read a post on a food blog that suggested skillet cooking grocery store cookies to make them appear more “buttery.” It also suggested applying canned frosting asymmetrically to give the illusion of a real home-baked cookie.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to bake the cookies?

Well, for some bake-o-phobes, I guess that answer would be a big, fat no.

To those people, this article is for you.

Skip the skillets and icing tricks, and buy your cookies from a local baker. Read more »

April
16th

Sweet find: Macarons at Boulangerie in Lakewood


Hazelnut macarons from Boulangerie.

Boulangerie is a bakery that falls squarely into the category of “huh?” It’s a French bakery. Inside a Korean grocery store. In Lakewood. It’s not where or what you’d expect, but Boulangerie should be on everyone’s bakery watch list. In fact, if you’re Lakewood bound, make it a pastry doubleheader with Boulangerie and the German Pastry Shop. Read more »

Aug.
17th

On the move: Upper Crust Bistro & Bakery loses its lease, but find its pizza and baked goods at the farmers markets


The baker statue outside Upper Crust Bistro & Bakery on North 21st Street is on hiatus, but look for the return of the bakery. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Consider Tacoma’s Upper Crust Bistro & Bakery on the move, not closed. The popular North End restaurant that served eclectic European eats and all kinds of baked goods lost its lease at the end of July, but owner Loren Robinson said he’s getting closer in narrowing a new location. His ideal neighborhoods would be Sixth or Proctor, but he said he’ll relocate to another Tacoma neighborhood if he finds the right space. Fans of Robinson’s baked goods and pastries can still find those at Read more »