|April 14, 2013||Posted by Carrie under food|
I was out for coffee with a friend recently when we started discussing the baked goods displayed in front of us. My friend is a baked goods fan and was drooling over everything in the case. We were at a chain coffee place and I didn’t think that anything looked appetizing and was very willing to pass on all of them.
It got me thinking about temptations and what types of treats I would choose to indulge in.
To me, the baked goods in a big chain restaurant don’t do much for me. I know those treats were baked somewhere else, in a huge production line. Aside from that, even the low fat Banana Chocolate Chip bread clocks in at 400 calories! Seriously, 1/4 of what I should eat in a day in one baked good that doesn’t really taste that great.
There was a time that I enjoyed many of these mass-produced baked goods. Then, one day, after I’d been eating healthier for quite a while, I went and got that Banana Chocolate Chip Bread and it had absolutely no flavor. None. I was done.
What does tempt me?
Anything homemade. Or a mom & pop bakery/coffee place. If the treats are made in small batches and have flavor and an intangible goodness to them. I’m all over that.
There’s a new French bakery in my neighborhood. They bake all of their breads on site, and all of these amazing goodies.
I’ll have to think about which yummy treat to try first. And don’t get me started on all their fresh baked bread. I should have taken a picture of the bread choices. All different types of stuffed croissants – OMG, yum!
My son is a huge fan of Trader Joe’s mini croissants. He has them for breakfast every day. But, it’s a 30 minute process between preheating and baking.
He asked me one day if we could just buy them already made. (I’m still kind of chuckling that he didn’t know that was an option) So, I found some in the fresh bakery section of a grocery store. He took one bite and said they were horrible. I threw the rest away.
I’ve spoiled him to believing that fresh baked goods are the best.
I’m okay with that.
My kids usually ask for homemade cupcakes for birthdays. Even using a boxed mix is tastier than store bought (and none of us are huge fans of the over-the-top specialty cupcake creations).
I have a friend that is an amazing baker. She makes a blueberry scone that is heavenly. She makes homemade treats to share at most holidays and I look forward to them tremendously.
Those are treats that I could fit into my life. Homemade. Not mass produced.
Can you pass on the baked goods at the big chain coffee places? Do you have any friends that are bakers?