Standard Baking Company / Pastries

January 21, 2013

My sister gave me a gift of the Standard Baking Company’s Pastries cookbook when I was home for Christmas. If you’ve ever been to Portland (Maine, not Oregon!), you probably know Standard. It is the place to get coffee and pastries before walking along the water, checking out the shops. The cookbook itself is beautiful and filled with lots of sweet Maine anecdotes to remind me of my lovely home state.

My sister is probably their biggest customer. She works a bajillion hours a day in an office next door, and their coffee keeps her going. She’s so friendly with everyone there she even wrangled herself a behind-the-scenes tour recently and got to see their “innovation station”, a spot just for trying out new ideas!

I spent some time over the weekend marking the recipes I want to try first. I think this blueberry ricotta custard cake looks delicious and simple to make.

Less simple, but a million percent more decadent is this tripe chocolate cake. Who doesn’t love a bundt cake?

Did you get any fun new cookbooks for Christmas? (If you’re looking for good Irish cookbooks, this list of the best of 2012 is great!)

9 Comments

  • Reply Torry January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Ohh, I must check that out -I’m statside this week and bet I could find a copy before we head back to Dublin! I’m a sucker for a good baking cookbook. I got the Smitten Kitchen cookbook from my parents for Christmas, and it is FANTASTIC. The Asparagus Pizza recipe is outstanding (and also available on her blog http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/05/shaved-asparagus-pizza/)……. Happy Monday from South Carolina! :)

    • Reply emily January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Oh enjoy your trip, Torry! If you can find it, it’s a great book and a sweet slice of Maine! My sister made us a few of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook recipes while we were there – amazing! I’ve just got to figure out where I can get orzo and I’ll be making the roasted eggplant baked orzo recipe!

  • Reply Chrissy January 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I got the same this Christmas – trying out the cheddar chive scones today!

    • Reply emily January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Can’t wait to hear how they turn out!

  • Reply Gian January 22, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Looking forward to looking at the list of Irish cookbooks. Thanks!
    I received a cookbook for Christmas called “Limoncello and Linen Water” celebrating the heritage of Italy. Loving the food photos.
    The recipes you have made look delicious!

    • Reply emily January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Limoncello and Linen Water looks absolutely lovely. I hope you enjoy the Irish cookbooks – there are so many good ones!

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