Right now we have a few seasonal pastry specials, notably a Cranberry Jam Tart starring Cape Blanco Oregon cranberries (housemade sweet-tart cranberry jam sandwiched between buttery vanilla shortbread), and our Gingerbread Snack Cake, a tiny Bundt cake that packs the perfect punch of spicy fresh ginger, dark molasses and warm spices, finished with a tangy lemon glaze.
Starting Dec. 9, we’ll have beautiful decorated shortbread and gingerbread cookies, sold individually or as pairs packaged in pretty bags tied with ribbon (see attached photo). What’s more, we’re looking forward to giving back generously with our #CookieForACause promotion. With every purchase of a decorated shortbread or gingerbread cookie (or a gift bag), Grand Central will donate 50 cents to Human Solutions, a Portland nonprofit helping low-income and homeless families gain self-sufficiency. Now more than ever, we’re happy to direct dollars to a group offering some relief to many who are suffering.
Also on our holiday cookie menu: Peppermint Crunch Shortbread, Cocoa Nib Shortbread, and gorgeous Fig Rugelach, sold individually and packaged in gift bags.
True to tradition, we will bake authentic Italian Panettone and have it fresh and wrapped in a pretty packages starting Dec. 9. This is a far cry from the dry, dense mass-produced versions that proliferate around the holidays. Several days in the making, our Panettone is a lightly sweet, vanilla-scented bread swirled with bits of candied organic citrus and raisins and topped with crunchy pearl sugar. The dough is so tender and delicate, each Panettone must be flipped upside down and threaded onto a skewer to cool to keep it from deflating (check it out in this short video). Enjoy it plain or toasted, with coffee, tea or wine, or as a holiday-worthy version of French toast.
I invite you to take a look at our holiday menu for other highlights, including our new Sesame Currant Loaf – our little gift to the holiday cheese platter – and our frozen puff pastry, ready to star in your party food (we have some great ideas and recipes on our web site).