Antoinette Baking Co.: Longtime pastry caterers open storefront in Brookside
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Thursday, October 11, 2012
3/28/13 at 8:05 AM
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The box of pastries I picked out at the new Antoinette Baking Co. in Brookside was pretty enough but not particularly special looking.
I had a Mediterranean focaccia; blueberry doughnuts with vanilla bean glaze; puff pastry with Dijon mustard, ham and cheddar cheese; mini vegan chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream; lemon with strawberry buttercream macaron; chocolate with chocolate cream macaron; Oreo-style cookie; ham and cheddar scone; and a salted pretzel-peanut butter-chocolate chip cookie.
Things got pretty special when we started taking bites of each item. Everything in the box was softer, fluffier, flakier and more flavorful than I anticipated.
The French-inspired macarons, delicate little cookies, were marvelous. The textures and flavors were memorable.
The vegan chocolate cake with the strawberry buttercream topping was a bite-sized wonder that was worth every bit of its 85-cent cost.
The blueberry doughnuts with vanilla bean glaze were light-textured and almost melted in your mouth, and the Oreo-style cookie was a bigger, softer version of the real thing.
In addition to the pastries, cupcakes, pies and cakes, Antoinette Baking also offers Intelligentsia coffee products.
Owners Molly Martin and Andrea Mohn said they are best known for their sweet items, but our savory selections - Mediterranean focaccia, ham and cheddar scone, and puff pastry with Dijon, ham and cheddar - held their own. I particularly liked the ham and cheddar in the flaky pastry.
Individual items run anywhere from 85 cents to $4. The owners said a limited number of items are available for those visiting the store, and customers are encouraged to call a day ahead if they want something in particular.
Martin and Mohn have been catering their pastry items to friends and a couple of businesses for the past four years or so and said they finally decided to make the jump into a storefront business.
"Last year we got serious and wrote a business plan," Martin said. "We looked around, and this location just fell into our laps."
The cozy space is located on the east side of Peoria Avenue on the north end of the Brookside shopping area.
Mohn said she had her sights on opening a bakery before she turned 30 years old.
"I just made it," she said. "We opened Saturday, and my birthday was just a week earlier."
The cozy dining area has six two-person tables covered in pretty black and silver vinyl cloths. A sidewalk table also is available.
Martin said the bakery already has a strong Facebook following.
"If one of our customers posts that the warm chocolate chip cookies are ready, two minutes later someone will come in looking for the warm cookies," Martin said.
ANTOINETTE BAKING CO.
3305 S. Peoria Ave.
Service: order at counter
(on a scale of 0 to 4 stars)
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; accepts all
major credit cards.
Original Print Headline: Sweet dreams
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
The Mediterranean focaccia is one of the savory dishes prepared at Antoinette Baking Co. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Among the delicate pastries found at Antoinette Baking Co. are a lemon-strawberry macaron (right), a cream horn and a mini chocolate cupcake with strawberry icing. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World