Why Bake Them Twice?

Why Bake Them Twice?
Traditional, Italian biscotti is what comes to most peoples' minds when they first think of a twice-baked cookie. This technique calls for the baker to shape the dough-y batter into loaves, bake them once & then slice them down and bake the product once again.  This second bake ensures that...

Sharing Marlo's with The World (...of The Bay Area)

Last week Vince and I had another marathon session of baking at Tante Marie's Cooking School in preparation for the Underground Market we would be a vendor at shortly thereafter. Starting earlier this time (an obscene 4:30am oven pre-heat)  led to grumpier bakers, stronger coffee as fuel & louder music...

4 Hours 30 Batches & 80 Pounds of Marlo's

Last Friday morning, my sous chef (i.e. my boyfriend, Vince) and I awoke at 4:30 a.m., dragged ourselves out of bed and rolled into Tante Marie's: the culinary school where I recently completed my pastry training. With 80 pounds of unbaked Marlos in tow, we came to take advantage of...

Giving Thanks to Grandmom

I know,  I know...I already mention her on the home page of this site (and on Facebook, and on Twitter...) but I just can't help it- my Grandmom is a pip (see def'n. #2)! She's warm & funny though & at 87 she's impressively still got snark and a bit...

I'm Smitten

I'm Smitten
Last weekend I went to a book signing. I'd never been to a book signing so I didn't know what to expect, though I can confidently say I didn't think the crowds would be comparable to the queues to vote (too soon?).But she was like a celebrity, and others lined...

Revelations in the Most Unlikely Places

I was in the nail salon last weekend (bakers like pedicures, too!) and I met the most interesting woman.  She travels all over the world for work and grew up living in several different countries abroad, as well. We talked about the idea of loving your job (seemingly unattainable for a...

Recipe Test...Failure?

For some reason I had visions of re-hydrating apricots in barrel aged bourbon, then pairing those with bittersweet cocoa nibs set into a rich, dark chocolate cookie.  These would be my Midnight Marlos. A chocolatey night sky with fruity orbs of tartness cutting through the richness. Instead, my first stab at...

I'm new here, will you be my friend?

I'm new here, will you be my friend?
Welcome to the Marlo's Bakeshop blog! As I mentioned, I'm kind of the new kid.But I think it will be ok, because you seem so nice and, well, in need of something new. What's that you say? You've already had biscotti? OH! Well that's ok, because at Marlo's Bakeshop we...