Bakeries across Connecticut are taking orders for holiday pastries and cakes to celebrate the season – but the deadlines are fast approaching. CT Examiner talked with a number of bakeries about what’s popular this year and when customers need to preorder for pickup before Christmas.
(860) 661-4661 / 75 Main St., Old Saybrook
Accepting orders through Friday, Dec. 17
Stollen is the specialty of Dagmar’s, which is available at the bakery and online. She offers stollen in quark, marzipan, cranberry walnut varieties available in medium and large or family sizes.
“Stollen is wildly popular. Apple strudel is a constant. The Linzer torte is an Austrian classic. And we’re doing a Buche de Noel, plus we make beautiful cookie trays, said Karen Gumpel, pastry chef.
The bakery offers “festive tortes,” in two sizes, that include a buttermilk cake, a chocolate or chocolate mousse cake, and a carrot cake. On the menu are also a Käsesahne or lemon cream torte, a prince regent torte and a strawberry cake.
Sift Bake Shop Mystic
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(860) 245-0542 / 5 Water St, Mystic
Accepting orders through Monday, Dec. 20th at 7 p.m.
“This year’s most popular choice is the chocolate cherry Buche de Noel that looks like a sleigh,” said Kaitlyn Seif, marketing coordinator for Sift.
The Buche de Noel is one of four signature holiday desserts, which include a chestnut Mont Blanc, ginger cheesecake and carrot cake roulade. A special holiday Panettone as well as the bakery’s usual croissants, cookies, brownies and macaroons are available for preorder.
“One other new thing this year is our to-go cocktails. We have four options that come ready to go,” said Seif.
The 32-ounce cocktails include a “cocquito,” a dairy-free egg-nog made with coconut milk and spiced rum, a holiday punch made with Pinor Noir infused with fruits and spices, a hot toddy made with Rittenhouse Rye whiskey and apple cider, and mimosas made with fresh juice.
“We’re trying to say, ‘Let us be your bartender,’” said Seif. “We have all the mimosas and all the juices for you, so you’re kind of ready to rock for Christmas morning.”
Pursuit of Pastry
(860) 391-8687 / 719 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook
Accepting orders through Sat., Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
This year is busiest ever during the holidays, said owner Jill Peterson.
“The iced sugar cookies are popular and the assort cookie assortment,” she said. “We introduced hot cocoa bombs last year and they’re popular this year,too. We also make handmade chocolates in-house.”
The holiday menu includes Buche de Noel, a coconut Winter Wonderland cake, a Christmas “funfetti” cake, and a classic carrot cake.
The Bake House of Litchfield
(860) 361-6423 / 7 North Street, Litchfield
Accepting holiday orders through Sat., Dec. 18
The Bake House specializes in French style breads and cakes as well as pies and layer cakes.
“Typical orders are for baguettes and sperlongas, which are like a long ciabattas, and sourdoughs,” said Jeremy McKendry, who has co-owned the bakery with Allison Varian since May 2018.
“We do extend orders for baguettes for bread into next week,” McKendry said.
Savour Cafe & Bakery
(860) 662-4438 / 90 Main St., Centerbrook
Accepting holiday orders through Sat., Dec. 18
“This year we’re offering a sticky toffee pudding layer cake in addition to Buche de Noel,” said Kim Thomas, owner.
Other holiday desserts include a New York style cheesecake with gingersnap crust, French apple cake, and gateaux St. Honore.
The menu also includes à la carte appetizers and entrees with side dishes and salads to create a full-course holiday meal. Also available are boxes of holiday cookies and French macarons.
Zest Fresh Pastry
(860) 381-0771 / 22 Bayview Ave 1A, Stonington
Accepting orders through Sunday, Dec. 19
“The yule logs are popular and we have regular and gluten free options,” said Gabriella Whitrow, owner and pastry chef. This year the Pavlova is new, it’s a lighter option for after the holiday meal.”
Holiday specialities include a chocolate mousse “tree stump, a spiked egg nog Yule log and a traditional British Christmas cake.
The bakery also carries retail items online and in the shop that will be available through until closing on Christmas Eve.
(203) 301-4396 / 84 Broad St, Milford
Accepting holiday orders until Monday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.
“We picked the most popular things people are leaning toward,” said Leslie Flick, owner. “The yule logs are most popular and the people always lean toward the ciabatta breads — they’re a crowd pleaser.”
The flourless chocolate cake, the cinnamon bun pack, and the quiches are also popular.
“We also started this cookie tin with fancier style cookies so people can give them as a gift,” she said.
For breakfast options like muffins, scones, and croissants, the bakery will take orders up until 5 p.m. on Dec. 23 for pick up on Dec. 24.