Bakeries in Portland, Maine

Bakeries in PortlandThere is nothing quite like a great bakery. The wonderful aroma of fresh pastries, the sight of beautifully decorated cakes and pies, and the warm and welcoming atmosphere is an absolutely wonderful experience. There are hundred of thousands of different type of bakeries in the United States alone, and each state has its own unique bakery. One place in particular, the Portland area of Maine, has plenty of delicious and unique pies, pastries, breads, cakes, and cookies. The bakeries in Portland, Maine, are well known by both it’s residents and out of state tourists for serving up some of the best desserts and treats in the country. In this review article, we will give an overview of three of the best bakeries in Portland, Maine: Two Fat Cats Bakery, Scratch Baking Co, and Cookie Jar Bakers. We’ll also talk about the different specialties that each bakery has, and what makes them great.

1. Two Fat Cats Bakery

If you are looking for a bakery that serves top notch pies, then look no further than Two Fat Cats Bakery. The Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland, Maine, has a wide variety of delicious pies, including pecan and berry pies. Their signature pie however, is the whoopie pie, a moist and chocolatey pie with a melt in your mouth vanilla pudding filling. The whoopie pie at Two Fat Cats Bakery is very light; it is not too heavy and is a prefect afternoon snack. Besides serving the original version of the whoopie pie, Two fat Cats Bakery also has a pumpkin whoopie pie. With a taste of autumn mixed in, the pumpkin whoopie pie is not too sweet and has a fluffy maple cream filling. The fruit and pecan pies are divine and include strawberry rhubarb, bourbon pecan, nectarine blueberry, raspberry, sour cherry, blueberry, an mixed berries. Continue reading

How To Make A Homemade Danish

Danish pastry Are you looking for a yummy snack to make at home? The simple Danish pastry is easy to make, and you get a delicious, flaky, and buttery treat you will love.

To make the dough, here are the ingredients you will need

- ½ cup of room temperature milk

- ¼ cup of warm water

- 1 large egg

- ¼ cup of granulated sugar

- 2 and ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast

- 14 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter

- 1 teaspoon of salt

- 2 and ½ cups of unbleached flour

Directions:

Cut the butter into pieces and add it into a blender. Then, add the flour. Start to blend the mix slowly until mixed well. Continue reading

How to Start Your Own Bakery Business from Home

Start Your Own Bakery Business Starting your own home bakery can be really exciting. However, a lot of people do not know where to start. Here are some steps on how to start your own bakery business from home.

The first thing that you need to do is contact the licensing department in your city for any permits or licenses that you will need. You will also want to make sure it is legal to sell out of your home since some cities do not allow this. If it is in fact legal then you will have to fill out several applications to get all the paperwork that you need to start. The health department will also come and inspect your kitchen to make sure it is up to code. If it is you are ready to start otherwise you will need to bring it up to code before doing anything else.

After you have dealt with all the legal issues with opening your own bakery business then you need to figure out what exactly you will be selling. You will need to pick some great recipes. Make sure you pick a wide range of different tastes and flavors so that your bakery appeals to a large amount of people.

Next you will need to make a menu. You can do this yourself with your own computer or you can hire a graphic designer to come up with the menu for you. However, you will need to figure out the price for each item. If you go to other bakeries and see what they are pricing their items at then you will get a good idea about what the going rate is for certain items.

After you have made a menu you will need to advertise. This is how people will know that you have a business so it is one of the most important steps. There are several ways to advertise. You can pass out fliers, put a sign in your front lawn, or even put a sticker with your company logo on the window of your car. You can also use ad space from your local radio station. Use your creativity when coming up with your advertising, so that you draw more customers to your business.

Lastly, you need to buy all your materials. You should find a place where you can buy materials in bulk. Many cities have huge warehouse style stores where you can buy large bags of all the main ingredients that you will need such as sugar and flour. Make sure that the ingredients are cheap yet high quality so that you make a profit.

Having a bakery at home is great because you are able to work from home. You do not have to commute to work. If you call your local licensing department, pick great recipes, find the perfect pricing for your items, advertise, and find all your materials cheaply then you will have great success with your bakery.

Bake Sale Ideas for Church

Bake Sale Ideas When holding a church bake sale there are so many ideas out there on what to sell. It is hard to pick just the right ones. Here are some great bake sale ideas for church.

One thing that people love is cupcakes. That is why if you get unique with making them then even more people will be interested in buying them, and you will make more money for your church. One great idea is cupcakes in a cup. Make cupcakes the normal way and add frosting to the top. Next get clear plastic cups and add two cupcakes to it stacked on top of each other. Next get plastic spoons and tie a ribbon on the neck of the spoon for decoration. Attach it to the side of the cup for a great item to sale.

Another great idea that will surely be a hit at any sale is cake push-ups. For this you will need cake batter, a round cutter, plastic push up containers with lids (these can be found online), frosting, and anything you want to add to the top. Make your cake like normal then use the round cutter to cut it into a circle. Add the cake to the plastic push up container. Then add some icing and another layer of cake. Continue to do this until you have reached the top. Next add a bit of frosting or whip cream to the top. Then you can place something decorative on top such as a strawberry or a piece of chocolate shaped like a cross.

Lastly, your church can sell cakes. This can be a great activity for your youth group or another group that meets weekly. They can have a day where they decorate cakes. It’s an extremely fun and social thing to do. Your newly hired pastor could even call in an instructor to help your church members learn some cake decorating techniques. Use all the cakes that they make as items to sell at your church.

Having a sale like this is not only fun for the people putting it on but also for the people that are attending. Make sure that you set up all your items to look really nice so that people will want to buy them. By making these items your bake sale will be a huge hit!

The History of Swiss Cheese Making

Swiss Cheese MakingSwitzerland is not only famous for its Swiss watch making. This Alpine country in the middle of some of the most beautiful land in Europe has a rich tradition of producing some of the world’s finest chocolates and also some of the world’s finest cheese.

It is not clear just when it started, but the history of Swiss cheese making goes back a long way indeed. Historians note that by Roman times, cheesemaking was common throughout Europe: as early as the first century, the Roman historian Pliny the Elder mentions “Caseus Helveticus”, or the cheese of the Helvetions, a group living in what would later be Switzerland. Emmental cheese, one of the most famous of the Swiss cheeses, was first produced in the Emmental Valley for which it was named around the year 1293. There is evidence that sometime in the 15th century, the process of using a substance called rennet in the cheesemaking process to make the cheese harder was introduced here. This hard cheese would not spoil as quickly as soft cheeses would, and in an age when there was no refrigeration and food preservation was a major consideration, this made Swiss cheese an extremely valuable commodity.

Swiss cheese was was so valuable, in fact, that by the 18th century, this cheese was being purchased all over the European Continent and the Swiss were not only making money from exporting cheese, but also exporting cheesemakers. They settled in regions as diverse as the United States, Russia and Eastern Europe and were highly valued as dairymen. It was also in Switzerland that another revolution in the history of cheesemaking occurred: the first cheese factory opened here in 1815, though it was not until cheesemaking became popular in America that factory production of cheese really took off. Before this, cheesemaking was an at-home, domestic activity and a skill largely dominated by farmer’s wives, each of whom had slightly different techniques to bring to bear on this activity.

And while the Swiss have greatly changed cheese, cheese has also greatly changed Switzerland! Up until the 1930′s, the rich grasses of the Swiss plateaus were used to pasture cows as well as sheep and goats. However, as Switzerland’s population boomed, especially after World War II, more and more of the countryside was developed to meet the needs of an increasingly urban country. Since most Swiss cheese is made from cow’s milk, farmers considered it best to save the rich grass of the plateau pastures for the exclusive use of raising cows. Today, nearly all sheep and goats in Switzerland are pastured on higher, steeper slopes that would not be able to support cows. This difference was greatly altered the appearance of traditional Swiss farms.

Up to the present day, the influence of cheesemaking on the nature of Swiss farm life is still evident: cheese factories in Switzerland are generally in small towns or villages, and cheesmaking families are required to live close to where the cheese is produced so that the quality of the cheese remains high. There are strict laws on things such as the number of days cows must be pastured (20 out of the month) and the use of silage is forbidden. Obsession with the care and handling of cows to produce the best cheese-making milk possible is a hallmark of Swiss dairymaking:for instance, farmers in the Emmental Valley generally only have a herd of 20 cows. The small size of the herd allows for them to give the cows a high standard of care so that the quality of the milk will not be compromised. All of this has had a huge influence on the rural Swiss landscape.

Thus, the history of Swiss cheesemaking is a two-way street: it is a story of the way a country has developed cheese, but also the way that the methods of cheesemaking have in turn altered the way this country has developed.

 

The Pitfalls of The Restaurant Business

Restaurant BusinessThe food business can be brutal on a marriage. Opening a new restaurant or bakery can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be a stressful one, particularly if you are doing it with your spouse. Trying to balance business and home life can get very tricky and quickly cause issues between the two of you. Many couples who open a restaurant or bakery have seen their marriages fall apart and end up getting separated or divorced. There are inherent risk factors to your marriage that you should be aware of if you are opening a new restaurant or bakery to give your business and your relationship the best chance at success.

TIME

One of the biggest problems couples encounter when opening a restaurant is managing their time. In the beginning you are trying to establish your place and its reputation, so you will both be there for extremely long hours meeting and greeting customers. You will also be overseeing food preparations since your success hinges on you serving the most amazing food. In addition you must ensure your staff is properly trained and knows how to keep the place sanitary and up to code. Bakery owners in particular will work extremely long hours, as they must be at the job in the wee hours of the morning to get the dough ready for fresh breads. This will leave you both tired and irritable, which can cause unnecessary fighting. It can also cause an issue if one of you is working longer hours and feels the other is not pulling their weight. Resentment can build and before you know it you may find yourselves arguing and in a constant tug-of-war over who is doing more.

It is imperative that the two of you sit down and delegate what jobs each of you do and determine beforehand how many hours you will both be there. Communication and clearly defining responsibilities can go a long way towards eliminating petty arguments.

MONEY

Money is one of the biggest issues couple fight about without adding a business to the mix, so when you do it can lead to disaster. The first year or two you will more than likely be pouring money into the business to make it profitable. If one of you tends to be a big spender, this can cause a lot of fighting over how, when and where to spend money- at home and at work. You may want the newest POS system but your husband/wife may nit think you need it. Or you may want some much needed vacation time but your partner may feel you two should wait until the business is doing better. These are just some of the ways money can cause additional stress when opening a restaurant.

 

As a couple, it’s important to make monetary decisions together; otherwise the other person will doubt your trust which can lead to your marriage crumbling. Decide how long you want to give the restaurant to become a success and how much you are willing to spend to make it happen before you open. You two should also decide if you will take salaries and vacations and how much you want to try and save beforehand to reduce fighting.

BUSINESS & PLEASURE

Finally, when you work and live together it is easy to quickly get annoyed with each other. There may also be a power struggle as each of you tries to figure out what your roles will be in the business. Remember that just because you are married doesn’t mean it’s okay to bring work arguments home. If you worked with anyone else you wouldn’t follow them home to fight, so you shouldn’t do it with your spouse either. It can be hard but make sure you leave work fights at work. Separating these two aspects of your lives will be vital to keeping your marriage together.

In the end the two of you need to remember that you are a team and it is BOTH of your goals to make your restaurant a thriving success. It will mean little to succeed if in the end your marriage is a failure A business can be replaced, a person can’t, so work hard at both to have a happy work and home environment.