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Baked goodies, savory to sweet
Vol. 11 No. 5

Elegant Brie surrounds creamy brie cheese (rind removed) and fresh filling ingredients with a flaky crust to create the perfect hors d'oeuvre. Choose the pastry design and choose the filling. Apricot, Toasted Almond, and Brown Sugar, above.

Using traditional recipes handed down from Yiayiá (Grandmother) Lilly, the Fourakis family hand crafts an assortment of Greek cookies, breads, and phyllo pastries for Glyká Sweets, above.

Bovine Bakery uses only the freshest, local, and organic ingredients possible and makes each pastry by hand. Located in Point Reyes Station and historic downtown Petaluma, they serve delicious baked goods, soups, pizzas, and quiches (above), as well as organic fair trade coffee and teas.

These mini Southern Tomato Pies, made by The Perfect Bite are tasty morsels of tomato, basil and a blend of cheeses in a mini phyllo cup. They are just one of their line of appetizers that are individually hand made and cooked from scratch. Packed in an oven-safe tray, they are ready to bake and serve in no time.

The Brazilian-style cheese breads made by P*DE*Q are delicious to snack on and make great little sandwiches. The different flavors pair well with so many foods and beverages. Original, Chocolate, and Jalapeño. Sliders on Original, above.

The simpler the recipe, the more important the ingredients. Case in point: Lemony Olive Oil Shortbread, above, made with McEvoy Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

This dessert from The Art of Caramel is as delicious as it is spectacular: Brown Butter Cupcake with Knob Creek Bourbon Frosting and Art of Caramel Kentucky Bourbon Black Pepper Carameled Popcorn, above.

Salute Santé! 's Grapeseed Oil makes a superb and healthy crust for Fresh Apple Tart, above. Pretty, too.

"Twigs" (below) are made by Judy's Breadsticks with100% organic whole grain wheat flour and baked to a crispy crunch in savory and sweet flavors: Sunflower Twigs, Sweet Currant Twigs, Ali’s Sesame Twigs, and Coffee Bean Twigs.

Holly Baking's award-winning Butter Cookies come in four delicious flavors: Almond Butter Cookies, French Butter Cookies, Ginger Spice Cookies, and Meyer Lemon Cookies, below. The delicate, crispy crunch is followed by a burst of flavor from real butter.

Fabrique Délices’ French Macarons,, below, are nothing like the dense coconut cookie known to most Americans as macaroons. Their Pastry Chef prepares them in the artisan tradition using only the finest ingredients. Light and crispy on the outside with a soft and chewy ganache center.

When making simple, tasty Almond Butter Cookies, below, it's important to use the very best almonds, which come from Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products.

A perfect protein-filled snack, Cocoa Nib Cookies, below, from Keep It Real Foods are made with almonds and cocoa nibs, nature’s chocolate chips. They pack a serious antioxidant-punch and a ton of chocolate-y flavor into a perfect nib of healthy happiness.

A flavor enhancer, made from green wine grapes, Kokomo Culinary Verjus is the "secret" ingredient in sweet-tart Verjus Dessert Bars, below.

Another way to put a "kick" into your baking is with The Sauce from Sartain's Menu. Try this recipe for Sartain’s Spicy Swirly Brownies, below.

Chef Tosha Callahan bakes up a lot of different goodies for Jimtown Store, including the Pear Tarte Tatin, above. Topped with crème fraiche or whipped cream, it's equally good for breakfast or dessert.

Mamie's Pies' 9" and Pocket Pies (above) are unbaked, frozen and preservative free. Just simply pop them in the oven directly from the freezer, and enjoy freshly baked Apple, Strawberry, and Pumpkin.

Pollen Ranch's recipe for Apple Cake with Fennel Pollen, above, has a beautiful flavor, with a light floral aroma and sweetness. Added to food, fennel pollen isn't tasted separately; it just brings all the flavors together beautifully.

Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake, above, is made by San Francisco Cheesequake with organic matcha green tea and organically grown vanilla beans. The graham cracker crust is lightly sweetened with soft tea tannins.

Award-winning Napa Cakes Panforte are made in two flavors: Original (almonds, hazelnuts, dried raisins, Blenheim apricots, and tart cherries), above left. Apricot (Blenheim apricots, peaches, nectarines, dates, and California almonds), above right.

Award-winning Alice's Stick Cookies are so buttery that they melt in your mouth. Flavors: Vanilla, Lemon, Ginger-Cinnamon (above left), and Orange-Chocolate (above right).

A pretty and yummy Spring Cupcake from Kara's Cupcakes, called "Kara's Carrot," above. Moist carrot cake with a silky cream cheese frosting.

Mendocino Mustard' Hot & Sweet gives a little background kick to this amazing cake: Chocolate-Rum Cake with Caramelized Pears, above.

The use of Stella Cadente Olive Oil's Blood Orange Olive Oil intensifies the orange flavor of this rich but light cake: Blood Orange Bundt Cake, above.

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