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"When we opened five years ago, we decided it would be fun
to put a production bakery in the back," Spear says. "For our
dessert menu, it's more bakery focused."
Dessert choices include inventive cookies like the Snack Attack,
which is made with all sorts of sweet and salty ingredients: chocolate chips, crushed pretzels, Corn Flakes, potato chips, mini
marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles and a pretzel on top. There's
also the decadent chocolate truffle ganache sandwich cookie.
"Sweet and salty is really fun, and people love them," Spear
says of the Snack Attack, a playful cookie meant to remind you
of hanging out with friends on a summer sleepover.
She loves to examine and interpret culinary trends on a regional and micro regional level. After moving from California to
Kansas (her husband is in the military), "I've been intrigued to
learn that buttercream frosted sugar cookies is a huge thing in
the Midwest," she says.
Spear also bakes the breads for the small plates menu (inspired by Southern and Midwestern influences) at Bourbon &
Baker, where patrons can order a cornbread slider with smoked
pulled pork, cotija cheese, poblano peppers, Menonita cheese
and a piquillo pepper coulis. One doesn't necessarily think of
cornbread for a sandwich, but Spear makes it with a yeasted
cornbread recipe to add some fluff. The result is delicious.
For the dessert menu, "I love to mix it up with the seasons," she
says. "I will do a butternut squash panna cotta with toasted oat
shortbread. It's really fun to experiment with different grains.
Toasting grains brings an interesting depth of flavor."
Growing up in California and working in San Francisco restaurants,
Spear gained a deep appreciation for fresh seasonal produce,
reading cookbooks by noted chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in
Berkeley, California. "My passion is a love for fruits and vegetables.
Everything we do here is about using real ingredients. Every
Saturday, I head to the farmer's market. High quality makes such a
difference. A really good frosting is important to me."
Spear believes in the importance of presenting every dessert or
dish in a way that people are comfortable with, but also adding a pleasant surprise of flavor or texture. "Living in a college
town, we have an amazing international market," she says. "I
will add mukhwas (a popular snack in India) on cookies, which
adds a licorice flavor. It's surprising and fun."
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Editor's Note - THE CONSUMER ISSUE: celebrating the creative spirit
Contents
Management - Cross-channel Strategies
Technical Corner - Blueberries as Sweeteners
Practical Marketing - Virtual Reality Tours
Equipment - How Not to Slice a Bagel
The Magic of Milk Bar
Specialty Grains & Flours
Embracing the power of digital equipment
Chocolate - Return of the Eclair
Sweet Goods - VARSITY DONUTS
Cakes - Bourbon & Baker
Breads - Bread Couture
Pastries - Career Pathways
Foodservice - Breakfast Sweets
Product Showcase
Classifieds
Ad Index
Formula of the Month
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bake - May 2019 - Technical Corner - Blueberries as Sweeteners
bake - May 2019 - Practical Marketing - Virtual Reality Tours
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bake - May 2019 - The Magic of Milk Bar
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