Our talented team of bakers share some of their favorite sources of inspiration and go-to recipes! Read on…
Baking since: 2017
Inspired by: the smile I’m able to put on someone’s face after they taste what I baked!
Hot baking trend: Botanical flowers
Kitchen smells like: Blueberry Zucchini Bread!
Mastered recipe / work in progress: coconut whipped topping / chocolate cake
Go-to baking book: Southern Living cookbooks
Baking since: 2015
Inspired by: Teresa Floyd and my mom, Pamela Vuong!
Favorite flavor combo: berries with a zest of orange or lemon
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Brioche Donuts and French Macaroons / Cake Pops
Tip for a beginning baker: Baking is a science, never give up if the recipe doesn’t turn out completely right your first time
Tip for an experienced baker: Challenge yourself by trying new recipes and flavor combos
Kitchen smells like: Cinnamon Rolls
Go-to baking book: Bake From Scratch Magazine
Natalia’s Cinnamon Rolls!
Baking since: 1990ish, but professionally since 2006
Inspired by: I love trying to get the best anything: the best chocolate cake, the most amazing banana bread, the ultimate cheesecake. Making the absolute most delicious thing someone has tasted before is what I live for! Everything inspires me to bake.
Favorite flavor combo: White chocolate and coffee
Favorite local dessert: BreadHive’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Tahini in desserts / Fondant
Mastered recipe / work in progress: Cookies & cakes / Soggy dough on the bottom of fruit pies
Tip for a beginning baker: Read the recipe before you bake. Weigh and scale out all ingredients – get a kitchen scale!
Tip for an experienced baker: Try taking a favorite recipe and switching out a flavor to get something totally new! For example, regular oatmeal raisin can become Oatmeal White Chocolate Apricot! Get the recipe.
Kitchen smells like: Cookies!
Go-to baking book: Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi – beautiful photography and recipes in metric measurements!
Beth’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with toasted sugar and melted white chocolate! Get the recipe here!
Baking since: 2012
Inspired by: Sylvia Winestock and her amazing wedding cakes – they’re stunning!
Favorite flavor combo: Peanut butter and chocolate, always!
Favorite local dessert: I love Lexi’s Peach Bread!
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Naked Cakes / Social media baking videos
Mastered recipe / work in progress: Chocolate chip cookies / Laminated Dough
Kitchen smells like: Coffee Semi-fredo and doughnuts… sometimes all I need are the doughnuts! Get the recipe.
Go-to baking book: Bouchon Bakery – Thomas Keller
Lisa’s Coffee Semi-fredo & donuts!
Baking since: 1997 – since I was 6!
Inspired by: Brown butter! Also:
• Joy the Baker – love her cozy homemade dessert/breakfast recipes
• Christina Tosi – her use of junk food and common grocery items is so innovative
• Christine McConnell – she makes really detailed Halloween-type gingerbread houses, cakes, etc. Tim Burton uses her for his movie premiers!
• Katherine Sabbath – Super colorful, flavorful cakes
• Adriano Zumbo – the Willy Wonka of dessert making in Australia
Favorite flavor combo: Bergamot, lavender, lemon
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Mirror Glaze on cakes, Farm- to- table local fruits & wheat / Fondant
Mastered recipe / work in progress: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies / French Macarons
Kitchen smells like: Brown Sugar Rosemary Cheesecake
Go-to baking book: Homemade Decadence – Joy the Baker
Baking since: 2000
Inspired by: The Great British Baking Show
Favorite flavor combo: Chocolate desserts infused with coffee
Favorite local dessert: I love Lexi’s Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats! They’ve been my favorite for 9 years now, ever since my friend bought me one.
Mastered recipe / work in progress: Goat Cheese Cheesecake / French Macarons
Baking since: 2015
Inspired by: Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar – I love her twists on classic recipes
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Russian piping tips / rainbow bagels
Mastered recipe: Meringue
Tip for a beginning baker: Use a scale to weigh ingredients for the perfect cake (or cookie or pie) every time.
Tip for an experienced baker: After you scrape the seeds out of a vanilla bean, toss it in some sugar to make vanilla sugar! Try it on your next batch of crème brulee
Baking since: 1998
Inspired by: My great-grandmother, Emma – she was the baker at the Buffalo Airport. I hope I do her proud!
Favorite local dessert: Ellen Gerda’s Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Black Sheep
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Edible flowers, savory desserts / Tiny plates – give us more to share!
Mastered recipe / work in progress: Cheesecakes / fruit pie filling
Baking since: 1992
Kitchen smells like: Danish and sweet dough’s. The sticky Buns are about my favorite. Pies also and Breakfast items.
Inspired by: The people that inspired me the most where the people at Yeast West Bakery, where I learned to bake. It was the whole grain breads that got me hooked.
Hot baking trend / Blah baking trend: Whole Grains / Gluten free.
Favorite local dessert: Lexi’s Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
Favorite flavor combo: Of course the classics like cranberry orange, or strawberry Rhubarb. I guess my taste keep changing.
Go-to baking book: James Breads- Bread Book, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, And my all time favorite, How To Bake – Nick Malgieri