Sunday, April 26, 2009

Boniere Bakery, Alameda

Boniere Bakery
1417 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501

Baked goods tried: vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream, pecan tart and apple pandowdy

Overall reaction: This is definitely an old school bakery

I happened to be in downtown Alameda and a bakery caught my eye so I decided to go check it out. The bakery was called Boniere Bakery and it was established in 1876. Holy long time ago! They mostly sell pastries, pies, cakes and cookies.

They obviously don't specialize in cupcakes because there was only two types to choose from, a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream or a vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream. I choose the latter. I have to say that it was actually pretty good. The cupcake was fluffy and the frosting was really fudgy.

I really had a hard time choosing what to try next because there was so many baked goods to choose from. I went with the pecan tart since I'm a sucker for pecan pies. The crust on this tart was a shortbread cookie with a wall of vanilla frosting covered in chocolate. It definitely was not the best shortbread cookie I've ever had but the frosting part was yummy. I was disappointed in the pecan center, it was not gooey enough, and that is a quality that all great pecan type pies should have.

Lastly, I tried the Apple Pandowdy. This is an old time southern bread pudding type of deep dish dessert. There was so many delicious layers of goodness – apple chunks, bread, raisins, cinnamon, and raspberry jam topped with a crumb topping. Ooh-la-la. I could have eaten this all day! I will be looking up how to make one of these real soon.

My words of advice: If you like morning or anytime pastries, this is your place to go.

1 comment:

Deborah said... sold me on the Apple Pandowdy. I have never even heard this name before, but I am now on the lookout to try this delight.

Thanks for sharing!