Special Places: The Able Baker
I don't usually go crazy for bakeries. Everything seems to be an overly sweet jelly donut or a stale chocolate layer cake (I will make an exception for the legendary Philly Fluff Cake from Natale's Bakery in Summit, NJ).
If you are a reader here, you know I am not a fondant or an icing girl, but a simple loaf or crumb cake addict (carrot cake being the only cake with icing that I love).
Cookies are good, cake is better, scones are best. My mantra.
Opened last summer, in a small town where my husband grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, is The Able Baker.
I was excited when this special little place opened, with their kitschy graniteware coffeepots and vintage ovens. The bakers all wear bandannas, and I feel like I am in Brooklyn (and I don't mean Coney Island).
This special place serves the best La Colombe coffee, and is worth a weekly drive from my town to theirs for that cup and a scone.
Mrs. Able Baker (Julie, not pictured) keeps it sweet and simple. Cookies, 2 different scone flavors a day (ginger cranberry being my fave); some luscious cupcakes; lemon bars; a streusel coffee cake; brownies and a banana bread (gluten free one day a week!).
This is a crowded place on weekends located across the street from the Maplewood train, so they sell out of scones early on some days.
I love the small town feel and I love the treats even better.
I can be seen here most Wednesday afternoons.
Hope to see you there.
The Able Baker
187 Maplewood Ave.
Maplewood, NJ 07040
If only,...... you know who would be there too often.
My kind of "sweet" place.