I am so excited that Pittsboro has a new bakery! I have a huge sweet tooth and love to indulge on good desserts. Over the past few months there’s been quite a buzz in town that Phoenix Bakery is the place to go when you want to get some baked goods. The bakery opened in July and hopefully will be around for many years to come.
My hair stylist is located in downtown Pittsboro, so when I went to get my hair done, I popped into the bakery to check it out. It’s a small storefront on Hillsboro Street with a nice display of muffins, biscottis, buns, doughnuts and cupcakes. The first time I visited, I tried a lemon biscotti and split it with my hair stylist. We both loved it! It was nice and moist on the inside but would stay firm if you dunk it into a cup of coffee and the lemon was fresh and tart.
The next time I visited the bakery was around Christmas time and everyone in town was talking about getting a half-dozen cinnamon buns to take home and cook for Christmas breakfast. I decided that was a good idea, so I stopped by to get some. The buns come frozen, and you just pop them in the oven to warm up, but the ladies at the store suggested we could buy some that were already cooked because it was towards the end of the day, and the buns in the display case were half price. What a great deal! So, of course, we got those. We also decided to try two of the orange cranberry buns. I think I liked the orange cranberry buns even better than the cinnamon buns. But, the cinnamon buns were great! They are huge, and filled with lots of that rich, spicy cinnamon sugar filling. I warmed my bun in the microwave for about 30 seconds so the glaze was melting a little bit and the chewy, fresh bread was warm and springy. It was fabulous!
But, the thing my husband and I liked the most was a pumpkin cream vanilla doughnut topped with a maple glaze. Wow wee, are these ever good! The pumpkin cream reminds you of fall. As you bite into the doughnut, it starts to ooze out just a bit on the other end. And the maple glaze is really rich. You only need to eat one of these to feel satisfied for a long time!
The ladies at Phoenix Bakery are proud to be using ingredients from local sources and try to keep changing things to be in season. They use local, free-range eggs, locally milled organic flour from Lindley Mills and honey from local apiaries and even use beer from Carolina Brewery.
Of course, the bakery also makes many very creative cakes. I hope to order one later this year for someone’s birthday.
Phoenix Bakery is located at 84 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. It is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday – Sunday. You can like them on Facebook to find out about specials of the day.