November 3, 2010

Sweet Sally's Homemade Baked Goods: All Natural, but not Organic

My grandmothers are both gone, and one of them clearly was a baker. She made the best cookies, and if I could order them and have them delivered to my door, I would. I miss the cookie care packages she would send me when I was in college. That's the premise behind Sweet Sally's: "Yesterday's Memories Delivered Today".

Sally Saltzbart Minier is a third generation baker and has been active in the kitchen since she was very young.

As a child, I learned the mathematical concept of "fractions" by working with measuring cups and was taught the basic "tricks of the trade" by my Grama Gracie and my Mom, Carrie. Grama Gracie was known for her Jewish specialties and Mom is famous for her world class Apple Pie, New York Cheesecake, Classic Spritz Butter Cookies and LBI Blueberry Buckle.

We tried:

  • Grama's Almond Dunkers (also known as Mandel bread): This pastry is similar to Italian biscotti, yet the dough is soft rather than crunchy. It's filled with jam, nuts and raisins and topped with cinnamon and sugar. Best when dunked in hot coffee or tea.

  • Right Size Chocolate Rugelach: A traditional pastry filled with chocolate, currants and jam; all rolled by hand into a three bite delicacy and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for extra sweetness. Just like Grama Gracie used to make.

  • Rachel's Raspberry Hamantashen: A triangle shaped pastry typically served during the spring holiday of Purim. Each is topped with a raspberry filling and dusted with powdered sugar for extra sweetness.

  • Awesome Apricot Squares: A buttery crust topped with apricot preserves and a delicous streusel containing coconut and walnuts.

These are all tasty baked goods, but to be honest, they are not the same as fresh from the oven. I also think they should be made with organic ingredients and greener packaging, although Sweet Sally's did use eco-packaging peanuts in the big box.

If you are not a baker, Sweet Sally's does make it easy for you to send delicious baked treats to friends and family.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at November 3, 2010 1:40 AM

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