Café: 619.683.9322 | Wholesale 619.688.1788

Café Address:

350 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(Hillcrest, between 3rd & 4th Avenue)

Tel: 619.683.9322
Fax: 619.688.1758

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Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Q&A: A peek inside the pastry department

Q&A: A peek inside the pastry department
February 28, 2012 Nina

 Apologies to my office buddies, but if I could pick any department at Bread & Cie. in which to work, it would definitely be pastries.

Our pastry room always smells like sugar and butter and happy memories. I’ve also recently discovered that even though I pretty much hate cooking, I love baking. So when I saw Grace Martin, one of our bakers, having lunch one afternoon, I harassed her and asked all about what it’s like to make pastries for Bread & Cie.

Hi, sorry to interrupt your lunch: It’s OK. I could talk about baking all the time.

How long have you worked here? Fifteen months.

When did you know you wanted to be a baker? Officially or unofficially? Oficially it was when I was 18 and it occured to me that it’s all I ever do anyway. Unoficially, I’d say when I was in kindergarten, I was always that kid who made food out of Play-Doh.

What exactly do you do in our pastry department? I make the smaller items that get sent to the cafe, things like eclairs and Tiramisu. I make about 200 pieces a day, but other people in the department make closer to about 2,000 a day.

What’s your favorite thing to make? I’d say the Parisian Macaroons, I make the ganche and then I fill them.

What don’t you like to make? Pastry cream. But it’s only because I literally make 12 batches a week. It’s good, I like it, but I just seem to make it all the time.

Do you bake when you’re at home, too? Yes, I know, I’m crazy.

Do you have any baking heroes? Well, not like a celebrity hero. I’d say my mom, not necessarily because she’s the best baker, but because she got me started. And then my professor, Chef Luu, because I thought he knew everything there was to know about baking.

What was the first thing you ever made by yourself? Probably something like chocolate chip cookies when I was 8-years-old.

What’s it like to work at Bread & Cie.? It’s amazing, I’ve become a bread snob.

What’s your favorite pastry here? Definitely the chocolate croissant, we make the best ones.