Sure, we like to eat healthy (just check out these radishes), but every once in a while, a seductive baked good sings a siren call we just can’t resist. Montclair is blessed with way too many tempting baked goods, pastry porn, diet busters — you name it — but here are some of our favorites:
If you haven’t heard about Montclair Bread Company’s Sunday Doughnuts, it’s probably because your good friends want to make sure you don’t get addicted (or more likely, they want to make sure the place doesn’t sell out of their faves). These doughnuts (only available on Sunday) will have you dreaming about them all week long. In a word, they are amazing (if you’ve tried Doughnut Plant in NYC, these doughnuts give those a run for their money). Every Sunday, there are new flavors like key lime pie, toasted coconut, and even a maple bacon. Here’s what today’s batch looks like. You’ve been warned.
So what else have we tried, loved and find hard to pass up?
Gina’s Bakery, across the street from Montclair Bread Company on Walnut, makes a brioche doughnut filled with cream and studded with sugar that is in a word — heaven. We hear Elio at Corso 98 wishes he never tried one, because now he is hopelessly hooked (I understand completely).
Kristin Wald discovered the sfogliatelle at Nicolo’s Italian bakery courtesy of a thoughtful neighbor. Worth mentioning is their St. Joseph’s Custard or Cannoli pastry — only available in March, but memorable enough to wish it was on the menu year round.
Jasmine green tea, sea salt caramel and rose-flavored macarons bring Dana Hawkins-Simons into Church Street’s Petit Paris, because she “loves the way they look, smell and taste.” Christina Gillham also loves their almond croissants (you can also find her picking up a chocolate babka from the bakery at Whole Foods).
Holly Korus loves(!) the snickerdoodles from Le Baker’s Dozen and Annette Batson likes their warm scones. Batson also admits to occasionally indulging in the pain au chocolat from Gina’s Bakery, red velvet cupcakes from Cupcakes by Carousel, and macaroons from Jackie’s Grillette.
Even though Jenn Schiffer is not into sweets, she is partial to those awesome golden cakes filled with cheap cream in the shape of little logs.
Last, but not least, it’s hard to choose from all the stuff we love at The Little Daisy Bake Shop (plus Jen Snyder is always concocting interesting new items and flavors to taunt us), but her whoopie pies and butterscotch scones keep us coming back for more.
We know we’ve missed some, so tell us what you splurge for when you just want something sweet.