It's likely that you'll find me at the Temescal farmers' market taking satisfaction in stuffing my face with Bacano Bakery's savory bread pudding. It was around the same time last year that I first discovered and visited Bacano Bakery in Emeryville and wrote about their insanely delicious baked goods and love for ancient grains on The E'ville Eye. It wasn't until then that I found an appreciation for gluten-free baked goods. I've been a fan ever since and love everything about them and what they represent for the local community.
The holidays are just around the corner and I was super excited when I saw their holiday menu, especially because I simply love seeing their creativity and what they can do without using wheat. Think pumpkin caramel rum spice pie with a molasses cookie crust or a buche de noel with a twist - a chocolate cake rolled in a cardamom cream topped with chocolate ganache and decorated with Italian buttercream and meringue mushrooms. Say what?!
We stopped by Bacano Bakery to meet up with co-founder, Laverne (really sweet guy). He sent us home with a few treats to try that's featured on their holiday menu.
Orange Almond Pistachio Cake
There's a really nice orange flavor permeating into the moist cake, almost like it was slightly soaked. The complexity, flavor and subtle crunch of the almond flour is wonderful. The orange and pistachio flavors are fantastic together!
Now, let's talk about that buttercream frosting which is freakin' amazing. The majority of buttercream cakes are heavy, but this is not that case with this cake because it's frosted with an Italian meringue buttercream, very airy, light and fluffy.
The cake is beautifully designed outside - and inside. The texture is so consistent and symmetrical.
The large version of the orange almond pistachio cake can serve 8 to 12 people.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake w/ Dried Cherries & Brandy
If you love the combination of dark rich chocolate (58%) and sweet cherries, with a bit of nuttiness, then you'll love this cake. The dried cherries inside this cake were macerated in brandy for 24 hours. It reminds me of the brandied cherries that sit inside a cocktail. Laverne suggests a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with the cake, and I concur.
Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Patrick describes the crinkle cookie as a pillowy thin mint with crispy edges. I think it's more like the crispy edges on a brownie. You just can't go wrong here.
Traditional Pumpkin Spice Pie w/ Maple Syrup
The pumpkin pie mix is a combination between local red kabocha and sugar pie pumpkins, which gives it a nice complexity. The texture is smooth and velvety. Instead of refined sugar, maple syrup sweetens up this pie. The flavor slightly leans more on the savory side in comparison to the overly sweet Paula Deen or Eagle Brand-type of pumpkin pies that many may be used to. It's the kind of pumpkin pie that makes you feel not-so-guilty after eating a couple of slices.
From pumpkin pies, breads and rolls, to fall-themed cakes, there's a bunch of sweet and savory options to choose from. You can check out their holiday menu for November and December. The cut off date for orders are 11/23 for Thanksgiving and 12/21 for Xmas, so be sure to mark your calendars!
I can't imagine a better bakery to turn to and rely on for the holidays than Bacano Bakery. It's guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. #Fan4Lyfe
Thanks for all the sweet treats, Bacano Bakery!
P.S. Bacano Bakery will be having their one year anniversary celebration at their Emeryville store sometime in early to mid-November. I'll update this post, and give a shout out on social media when I get more details, or sign up for their e-mail mailing list.
UPDATE - 11/5/2015:
If you're in the east bay, you won't want to miss this! Bacano Bakery is celebrating their 1 year anniversary in Emeryville throughout the week of 11/10 to 11/14, which includes a Saturday tasting party for the community, a paella Friday lunch, raffles throughout the week and $1 coffee! Here are the details:
- $1 12-ounce drip coffee from their local supplier, Mr. Espresso coffee in Oakland, all week long.
- Paella Friday Lunch, a Spanish-inspired lunch from Oakland’s Venga Paella on Friday, November 13, from 11:45 until 1:30 pm (until supplies last). The paella will be accompanied by salad and roasted garlic focaccia. Lunch also includes a free slice of Bacano’s gluten-free pumpkin pie. The vegetarian paella lunch is $10.50; seafood paella, $12.50.
- Bacano For the Community—Saturday, November 14 caps off the week with an anniversary party open to the public from 11am-2pm with music, raffles and plenty of free samples from their holiday menu.