Outstanding purple sponge cakes, artisan German breads and pastries and mouth-watering charcuterie boards are just some of the goodies these new Bangor-region foodstuff enterprises are offering.
Baked By Joy and Bread With Character, which both equally market their goodies at the Bangor European Market on Saturday mornings, and Downtown Charcuterie, which sells out of a downtown Bangor storefront, all opened inside the previous calendar year.
Hermon resident Joy Dudley started off Baked By Pleasure in May perhaps 2021, as she grew progressively homesick for her native state of the Philippines right after shifting to Maine a number of a long time back. A person of the largest items she skipped was ube cake, an iconic Filipino dessert consisting of frosted sponge cake created with ube, a purple yam, which offers the dessert its special flavor, texture and outstanding purple coloration.
“I enjoy anything ube,” Dudley stated. “When I could not get Filipino meals or Filipino desserts, I begun to make recipes to integrate ube in the hopes of possessing a small business exactly where I could share my lifestyle with all people.”
In addition to standard ube cake and cupcakes, Dudley now makes ube almost everything — ube cake pops, ube cookies, ube ice product, ube waffles, and even ube whoopie pies, in a nod to the two her Filipino roots and new home in Maine. She also will make other cakes flavored with mango, coconut or pandan, a clean, aromatic leaf employed in numerous Filipino recipes.
Dudley sells her goodies from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each and every Saturday morning at the Bangor European Market on Buck Street, usually takes particular orders, and also often has ube cookies and whoopie pies at West Sector Square Artisan Coffeehouse in Bangor.
Also at the European Marketplace, Joachim Woitun and Anna Maria Baeza, who operate Bangor-centered Bread With Character, the two experienced a comparable reason to Dudley to begin baking — Woitun deeply skipped the new sourdough bread he made use of to invest in in his native Bavaria, Germany.
Though baking was constantly a pastime for him, about a year in the past, he and Baeza began providing their breads and pastries at the current market. In addition to fragrant loaves of German sourdough, Woitun also would make other styles of German and French breads, pretzels, cookies and cakes.
Baking is additional than a hobby for them now, but both Woitun and Baeza are attained skilled musicians — Woitun is a cellist and Baeza is a clarinetist — who have performed internationally, and who most a short while ago have served on the college at SummerKeys in Lubec.
What is bread with out cheese? Ashley Cunningham is aware of that when you’re putting out goodies for visitors at a get together, range issues, and at her new company, Downtown Charcuterie in Bangor, she aims to get the inconvenience out of producing a platter of meat, cheese and other treats.
Cunningham labored as a preschool teacher for yrs in advance of the pandemic, right before transitioning into an place of work work. She observed herself looking for anything fun and creative to do with her spare time, and bought into generating stunning displays of treats for persons.
“I commenced producing themed charcuterie boards for events, pals and spouse and children in Oct, and so quite a few individuals were fascinated I decided to make it official in January,” Cunningham claimed.
Shoppers can find the measurement of the board and the distinct objects they want on it, along with crudites, bread, crackers, fruits and veggies, cookies, candy and just about anything else Cunningham has offered. She schedules pickups on Friday afternoons at 76 Main St., in downtown Bangor, in the very same site where vegan doughnut bakery The Donut GroVe also delivers pickup.
To buy a charcuterie board, pay a visit to the Downtown Charcuterie Facebook web site.
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