When one door closes, one door might just blow open!

It’s not all cupcakes and sprinkles!  Sometimes in life, even when everything seems right with the world, unwelcome change can blow in and “blow you away”.  It is with great sadness and disappointment that we share the news of the change that is coming to BAKED.  Our little “bowling alley” of a building has been sold and we have been informed by our landlord that we must vacate the premises located at 120 N. Main Street by July 1, 2011.

When renegotiating our lease in March we were made aware that our building was officially on the market.  Shelly and I have spent the last two month working to see if it was possible for us to purchase the quirky little space.   Heck, we had an amazing first year.  We learned so much!  Shelly and I were able to buy out our friend and partner this past Spring and we were looking forward to a record-breaking Summer.   We certainly never imagined that we would be given roughly 30 days notice to leave.  There must be a better opportunity out there for us.  We truly believe that when one door closes, one door just might blow wide open! Bring on “the wind”!

We love the little historic seaside town of Berlin and never imagined opening our business anywhere else.  In fact, we had our eye on 120 N. Main Street for years before our dream of opening an all natural dessert cafe was realized.  We put countless hours and loads of “sweat equity” into rehabilitating the interior and courtyard.  We love baking and have thoroughly enjoy serving the community of Berlin.  The thing we love most of all happens to be the people we serve.  We have always felt welcomed and supported  by the community and the other local businesses.   We have made so many friends, friends that we know will be life long.

So what now?  I would be lying if I said that we weren’t terribly disappointed, but we will not wallow in that “pool” for long.  We are  concentrating our energy into finding a new home for Baked Dessert Cafe.  We will continue to provide “the best customers on the planet” great desserts, breads and beverages at 120 N. Main Street until the very last hour and we will keep you posted on our progress.  Get “BAKED” at the beach!

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The Sweet Life…striking “the balance”…working it out!

No one has to tell us about diets, indulging in sweets in moderation and watching the waist line.  Our stretchy pants feel the pain of having to taste most everything that leaves the building everyday.  Plus, I’m sure that you’ve read our previous post about “you can have your cake and eat it too” so I am not going to elaborate on that subject.  So what, you ask, am I blogging about now?  Well, it’s our newest endeavor.

We want to connect our customers with our local fitness centers, personal trainers/coaches and share healthy eating tips.  You think it’s “weird” that the owners of a dessert cafe are blogging about fitness?  Let me be clear, we definitely want you to get “BAKED” at the beach, but it is as important to us that our customers are happy and most importantly healthy.  We hope you know that this is why we are committed to baking au’naturale.   We seriously believe that good health and happiness are all about striking “the balance” between the “healthy” and the “indulgent”.   Sometimes that balancing act is just down right difficult.

This  idea came to me when I saw a customer of ours at the gym.  She kindly commented on our facebook post and picture of our Monster Cream Puff asking, “Do you think I could eat half of one if I walk for 30 minutes on the treadmill”?  “Why yes”, I replied and voila the proverbial lightbulb in my head went off.  Why not  connect with the local fitness gurus and share fitness tips, “specials” and wellness strategies with our fans?  Why not ask our fans to share their success stories, tips and recipes.  I don’t know about you, but I can use all of the help that I can get!

No matter if you are a local, just visiting or vacationing at the beach, there are a plethora of fitness centers to choose from and most offer yearly, seasonal, monthly, weekly and daily rates.  Some are even open 24 hours a day.  Fitness centers are not a “one size fits all” and gyms here are no exception.  They offer different fitness philosophies, different work out schedules, classes and styles and varying approaches to reaching your fitness goals.  Most of the centers provide personal coaching, some are class oriented, some more “free weight” minded.  Some follow specific diet regimens like the Paleo Diet which one of our friends and customers recently shared a dessert recipe from.  It was so delicious, Chocolate Babies are now on our “favorites” menu.

Shelly and I come from a large family who celebrate every occasion with food and we own a bakery for gosh sakes. We are constantly striving to strike “the balance” and so we work out almost every morning together.  I personally can’t imagine the strain on our stretchy pants if we didn’t.   One of the factors that we considered when joining a gym was the convenience of the location to the bakery and our children’s school.  Let’s face it, some days are harder than others and for us convenience was a major consideration.  I’ll be honest, the struggle for me is walking through the gym door.  Once I make it past that threshold, I’m “golden” and I always feel physically and mentally better for it.

So, in addition to providing you the very best all natural desserts, breads and beverages, we’re also going to be “rooting out” fitness tips, gym specials and healthy dessert recipes for your overall wellbeing and enjoyment.  We’ll be providing more gluten free, diabetic friendly and vegan dessert options at “BAKED” and are interested in your own personal success stories, winning tips, strategies and recipes.  Visit us on facebook, share your strategies and join our quest to strike “the balance” for a happy, healthy, sweet life.

Chocolate + Bourbon + Pecans = Delicious Pie!

With the Preakness only days away, we’re can’t help but think about the Triple Crown of horse racing and what better dessert to serve up than a warm Chocolate, Bourbon and Pecan concoction similar to the Kentucky Bourbon Derby Pie!

The “Derby Pie” was the creation of Melrose Inn owners Walter and Leaudra Kern in 1950 in Prospect Kentucky and is often associated to the Kentucky Derby.  Their son assisted and the name was actually chosen by pulling various name ideas out of a hat.  In 1969, the Kern family trademarked the name “Derby Pie” and by 2008 had sued to protect this copyright more than 20 times.

The Kern’s Kitchen’s recipe is top secret, only known to a small group of family members and one employee.  Because of the lawsuits, others who make similar pies have had to rename them and alter the recipe slightly.  The “Derby Pie” is also known as the Pegasus Pie, a reference to the Pegasus Parade at the Kentucky Derby Festival and as the May Day Pie, in reference to the first Saturday in May.

Traditionally the pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell usually with a pastry dough crust. It is also commonly made with pecans, chocolate chips and Kentucky bourbon, although butterscotchcaramel, and other types of nuts are common additions. In our recipe, we use Shelly’s “secret” all butter crust and opt for Calabaut chocolate chips, pecans and of course, Kentucky Bourbon.

The best way to describe this confectionary concoction is to say, “it’s like eating a chocolate chip, pecan cookie in a pie form” and “it is absolutely fabulous served warm with or without vanilla ice cream”.  You don’t have to wait for the Kentucky Derby to enjoy this delicious dessert, it’s the perfect dessert any day of the year!

Single Pie Crust * we use our secret all butter crust

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 to 4 tablespoons bourbon
1/4 cup corn starch
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bits
Combine the eggs, sugar, melted butter and bourbon. Add the cornstarch to the mixture, blending in slowly.Stir in the pecans and chocolate bits. Pour into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell.Bake in a pre-heated 350°F oven for approximately 45 minutes.