Sweeten Your Holidays at the Missouri Baking Company
St. Louis, MO/December 17, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) The Missouri Baking Company is not just a bakery; it is literally an institution on the “Hill.” Back in September it took the #1 spot on our Top 10 Best Bakery list. There aren’t many establishments that can say they’ve been in business almost 100 years and have been passed down from generation to generation.
The shop was founded by the three Gambaro brother’s in 1923. Their sons and daughters grew up working in the bakery a long side the family and eventually took over the business. Ninety-three years later, this family legacy is still impressing customers from near and far.
Missouri Baking Company has a way of taking each and every visitor back to their childhood days. The original freezer and the old-fashioned cabinets, and the rows of tables with heavenly baked items, bring you back to the olden days…a time when all things seemed so much more innocent and life was so much simpler.
And with Christmas right around the corner and dreams of sugar plums dancing in our heads…it’s the perfect place to make a visit to for some traditional Italian Christmas cookies and other delectable treats. The magnificent aroma of freshly baked goods reaches your senses the minute you step through the front door.
You’ll find counter after counter of the most superb looking sweet treats and warm loaves of bread. It’s a gold mine for someone looking to buy something delicious for a holiday party or perhaps to give as a gift. Keep in mind when you visit that you won’t find anything artificial tasting here. Everything is made from scratch.
There are way too many goodies to name them all but to me a few stands out above the rest. Of course, there’s the 2015 award winning Gooey Butter Cake that melts in your mouth. The Ricotta or Italian Cream Cannoli’s are heavenly, the Tiramisu to die for, and the fabulous Italian butter cookies are gloriously rich and sinfully good. One sweet is simply better than the next, which means you can’t go wrong on anything you purchase.
There are also four kinds of biscotti, and additional cookies such as Chocolate Drops, delicate Shortbreads, Nut-Based Crunchy Squares, and Amaretto Macaroons. A few of the items might sound foreign to some but if you haven’t tried them, then you should. One is the Cuccidati made with figs, raisins, pine nuts, chocolate chips and orange zest.
Another is the Panetone bread, pronounced with the correct Italian emphasis, Pan-e-tone-a. I only know about it because I’m Italian and grew up having it at my Nona’s home every Christmas. It’s a sweet yeast bread of Milanese origin, considered a Christmas classic for Italians everywhere. What could be more festive than a tall, puffy, round bread studded with raisins and candied citron? Especially our version… soaked in rum.
For an Old World experience and some of the best confectioneries that will ever cross your lips, make time for a holiday visit to Missouri Baking Company.
Missouri Baking Company (on The Hill)
St. St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 773-6566
Hours: Sun 7:30am-12pm
Picture courtesy of Carrie Nenonen
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