When news spread that The Flaky Tart in Atlantic Highlands was permanently closing, locals were devastated. The good news, however, is that the beloved pastry shop lives on in a brand-new spot called The Baker’s Grove, which is located just a few towns over.
Matthew Rosenzweig, who used to co-own The Flaky Tart and was a 2016 James Beard nominee for “Outstanding Baker,” recently opened up a new set of doors, this time in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Similar to his previous venture, The Baker’s Grove offers carefully crafted pastries, as well as gourmet treats.
For those of you who were fans of The Flaky Tart, you will recognize some familiar desserts from the former shop. “We have continued to make a bunch of fan-favorite treats from my Flaky Tart days, many of which we have put our own spin on, as well as introducing new sweets to try,” Rosenzweig told New Jersey Digest.
The Baker’s Grove – Locally Made, Community Minded
What makes The Baker’s Grove special is that the pastries at the shop are all made fresh daily, utilizing local New Jersey ingredients. “At The Baker’s Grove, there is more of a concentration on utilizing seasonal produce and sourcing local ingredients in our pastries and desserts, as well as our savory items,” Rosenzweig said. “I grew up spending a lot of time at orchards and farms and wanted to share that experience with our customers.”
And customers will notice the importance of the local community the minute they step foot inside The Baker’s Grove. “You’ll see photos from our trips to local orchards displayed throughout the shop showing you where the ingredients are coming from,” Rosenzweig explained. “We have developed relationships with many local farms and receive produce from Harvest Drop who pick up what is in season at farms throughout the state all year, as well as picking edible flowers and herbs from our garden right across from the bakery.”
First-timers visiting The Baker’s Grove may not know where to start as the bakery offers such a wide variety of items. Well, you can’t go wrong with the Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies. These are actually the shop’s most popular selling item. “We can’t make enough of them!” Rosenzweig exclaimed.
The Baker’s Grove also recommends trying the croissants, cream brioche, and seasonal tarts for something on the sweeter side and their seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches for a savory option.
And, depending on what time of year it is, visitors may be surprised with new treats and dishes, all inspired by ingredients that are in season. Just like the current holiday menu!
Special Holiday Menu
Just for the holiday season, Baker’s Grove is offering a specialty menu, filled with delicious goodies and treats for your family gatherings.
The Holiday Key Lime Tart is guaranteed to be a hit in the household. This 9-inch treat consists of a key lime custard baked in a buttery graham cracker crumb crust, garnished with swirls of Grand Marnier, chantilly, sugared cranberries and fresh pomegranate arils.
Another item on the holiday menu that screams Christmas is the creamy Spiked Eggnog Cheesecake. It’s infused with brandy, rum and bourbon before being baked in a gingerbread cookie crumb crust. It is topped with spiced whipped cream and sugared cranberries and comes in two different sizes.
And, of course, what’s Christmas without Christmas cookies? Baker’s Grove is currently offering a wonderful assorted cookie platter, filled with mini chocolate chunk cookies, oatmeal craisin cookies, lemon shortbread cookies, sugar cookies, and, of course, gingerbread.
If you are looking to place an order for the holidays, please do so no later than Friday, December 17.
The newly opened Baker’s Grove is located at 524 Broad Street in Shrewsbury. For more information, visit their website here.
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Though Kelly loves flying down to Florida as often as she can to visit Walt Disney World (or as she calls it, her second home), her roots are in New Jersey. Being born and raised in Monmouth County, she loves exploring what the Garden State has to offer. She can often be found checking out the local NJ wineries, sipping on a vanilla latte from the local coffee shop, or seeing the latest blockbuster film at the theaters.