Recently I had the opportunity to revisit Boston and some of my favorite bakeries there.
Clear Flour Bakery is a great neighborhood bakery established in 1983 that makes great French bread and pastries and rustic fruit tarts. My favorite is the morning bun, flaky with caramelized sugar and walnuts. Their baguettes are outstanding as are their seasonal fruit tarts.
Mike’s Pastries in the North End serves classic Italian cannoli, cookies, pies, and cakes. They serve many different types of cannoli, with ricotta-based fillings flavored with vanilla, chocolate, or almond, dipped in pistachios, chocolate chips, or oreos. There are rum-soaked cakes and the dense ricotta pie. It’s definitely a calorie bomb.
Flour Bakery and Cafe was established by Joanne Chang. From the original location in the South End, Flour has expanded to other sites in Boston and Cambridge. The breakfast sandwich was delicious with thick cut bacon and egg on a fresh roll. I am a big fan of the Flour cookbook.
Finally, while on the East Coast I couldn’t help stopping by Dunkin’ Donuts!
Clear Flour Bakery – 178 Thorndike Ave, Brookine, MA, website here
Mike’s Pastries – 300 Hannover St, Boston, website here
Flour Bakery and Cafe – multiple locations, website here