This guest blog post is by food writer & editor extraordinaire, our good friend Molly Stern.
This cozy, wood-floored bakery, located on 9th Street near Avenue A, carries a range of locally-sourced sweets and quaffs to tickle your fancy. Those in the know may have heard about their ‘Roses,’ a type of sticky bun filled with chocolate, dates and halva, or almond and brown sugar (only available on the weekend). Skip these and order yourself the dulce de leche cookie sandwich rolled in coconut flakes, called Alfajores. These small cookies surprise with a soft, delicate crumb and balanced, buttery flavor.
The chocolate snowballs are also a solid option. Satisfyingly moist but not too sweet, these little balls are flavored with decaffeinated coffee and rolled in your choice of coconut flakes or sprinkles. Zucker is a master of texture and balance and their cake and cookie options are truly their strong suite. Those desiring a richer chocolate flavor or more intense sweetness may be disappointed. Here an appreciation of the mild, delicate marriage of complimentary flavors is in order.
Zucker Bakery sources 60% of their ingredients locally. They also carry a variety of beverages, including local direct trade Stumptown Coffee. The employees I talked to were bright and helpful and made the charmingly situated bakery a truly welcoming place to be. Zucker provides formal training for their employees, including job related classes. In addition to helping the people in their community through donation and activism, they hand wash everything, use CFLs and LEDs, and are dedicated to operating sustainably.
433 E. 9th St. (near Ave. A)