Need something to bring to that holiday party or New Year’s Eve soiree but don’t want to turn on your oven? Look no further than Boston’s own bakeries for sweet treats that are as much a feast for the eyes as they are a taste of yuletide cheer.
The Christmas menu at Flour Bakery offers morning delicacies like brioche pecan sticky buns and maple cranberry pecan pound cake, but the most popular holiday items are their decadent buche de noels, made with either dark chocolate with white chocolate mousse or vanilla with lemon cream served with meringue mushrooms. For a more impressive tablescape, pick up Flour’s popular croquembouche, a tower of vanilla filled cream puffs held together with caramel.
Don’t be misled by the name of neighborhood bakery Clear Flour Bread in Brookline—they churn out more than just delicious loaves. This establishment is still in the process of creating its upcoming Christmas and New Year’s menus, but did reveal that treats like a raspberry almond linzer torte, a gingerbread cake with chocolate ganache, and a pineapple cherry upside-down cake will make the list. More traditional items like focaccia with roasted fennel, fire-roasted tomatoes, and feta cheese and cinnamon raisin bread are holiday favorites. But, be the best guest at that New Year’s party with the bakery’s brie en croute, a French brie wrapped in brioche dough that’s a perfect partner for champagne or caviar.
Cookie lovers can head to the famous Mike’s Pastry in the North End for its most popular holiday item – butter cookies. For added flair and a touch of Italy, pick up some traditional but tasty almond or pistachio macaroons.
With this kind of variety of no-bake treats, you’re sure to bring the sweet life to the party this holiday season.