Believe it or not, Christmas is less than two weeks away. Between all the shopping and decorating, the thought of breaking out flour, sugar, pots and pans to bake goods for your celebration is probably the last thing on your mind. Fortunately, there are several local spots to get your holiday treats on the table without the hassle.
Since opening its first location on the North Fork in 2012, Blue Duck Cafe has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. While it specializes in artisan breads, its full service bakery is nothing short of delectable. Blue Duck offers variety of holiday and seasonal treats that are made fresh on premises daily. And if you’re looking for something extra special for your holiday celebration, the café offers customizable orders. Along with the three North Fork locations (Southold, Riverhead, Greenport), Blue Duck can also be found on the South Fork in Southampton.
When it comes to pie, Briermere Farms’ versions are as good, if not better, than homemade. During the holiday season, Briemere offers more than a dozen varieties of pie—traditional staples like apple, blueberry, cherry and raspberry as well as more unique blends such as blackberry apple, cherry cream and raspberry cream — all for under $22. All of the pies, bread, muffins, cookies, cakes, jam, and jelly are made from scratch. In fact, most of the fresh fruit used in the bakery is grown right on the farm. Briermere is taking orders for Christmas pies until Saturday, Dec. 21.
While most 23-year-olds are still trying to figure of what they want to do with their lives, Southold native Jess Dunne is operating a successful, and delicious, baking operation — Ginger Goods. Ms. Dunne specializes creating her own recipes for artfully decorated cookies, cupcakes, scones and pies. Currently Ginger Goods is operating out of Fork & Anchor in East Marion, where all the baking is done onsite. Click here for a list of offerings. Christmas orders can be made over the phone.
Hallock’s Cider Mill is a great bet for scoring holiday goodies everyone will enjoy. In business for more than 35 years, owner and manager Wayne Hallock knows a thing or two about baking. He is master of old-fashioned pies —especially pecan — but everything from the chocolate chip cookies to the garlic bread are nothing short of top notch. Christmas orders can be made over the phone.
There is no shortage of selection at the Jamesport bakery Junda’s, which is well known for its beautifully decorated array of pastries, cookies, breads, pies and cakes for every occasion. Chef Christopher Junda is a master baker who views his pastry as artwork. The assortment of bake goods is astounding throughout the year and during the holiday season, Mr. Junda steps it up a notch. Christmas specials include chocolate layer cake, holiday stollen, apple strudel and much, much more. Order forms are now available for Christmas, so stop by or call to place your orders. The cutoff for all orders is Saturday, Dec. 21.