I admittedly went into Joanne Chang’s cookbook release party at Flour Bakery in Central Square with a plan— eat a meal beforehand so as not to embarrass myself by juggling a cupcake in my left hand, a cookie in my right and a sticky bun on my nose all while trying to devour a raspberry bar with a “Look Mom! No hands!” kind of maneuver. Given my notorious nature to overdose on sucrose on the regular, it was no surprise that the tempting treats this confectionary crowd celebrity served up more than fufilled my delicious-quota for the day. From the fill-your-own Oreo bar to the savory snacks that outdid my expectations, I’ve taken a cue from her infamous sticky sticky buns themselves and gotten myself stuck on Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery.
Flour Bakery’s Central Square location was sleek, modern and industrial, exhibiting a seemingly cold décor that was offset by the warm sugary smells emanating from the kitchens. Joanne Chang—known on a national scale for beating Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Throwdown with a one-two punch from her sticky sticky buns—buzzed about the busy bakery, beaming like a proud mother to her newborn baby, “Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Café.” The 300-plus page book offers up almost 150 of Joanne’s best recipes, many of which made their way into my mouth during the special evening.
|Gold Beets with Manouri Cheese, Dill, and Pinenuts|
|Spinach Feta Stromboli|
|Fill Your Own Oreos|
|The Famous Sticky Sticky Buns|
Flour Bakery + Cafe
190 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge MA 02139