Back to Eden Blog

The Holidays Are Just Around The Corner...

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

...which means it is time to start placing your special orders! With our 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free desserts and pastries in the house your Thanksgiving and winter holidays are sure to be deliciously memorable. With all the running around that comes with this festive season you might want a little help lightening the load of your prep list. Whether you are looking for pies, cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies or cookies, Back to Eden Bakery is more than happy to help impress those out-of-town guests. And keep in mind that we don't simply specialize in desserts! We also have a great line of morning pastries and savory bites that will keep you and your guests fueled as your dinner preparation gets underway! 

Check out our 2014 Holiday Special Order Pricing Guide linked below for more details! And remember, while we require 48 hours for all special orders the calendar can and will fill up fast so make sure to get those orders in as soon as you can! Simply give the shop a call at 503-477-5022 or email info@backtoedenbakery.com to place an order.

 

Celebrating 5 years on Alberta Street!

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

Hello Dear Friends!!

We hope this message finds you well and that you have thoroughly enjoyed your summer. It’s hard to believe that the Fall is finally upon us but it is true! Not only does the Autumn Equinox herald many new menu items and a change to our open hours but it also serves as our 5 Year Anniversary doing business on Alberta Street!! Only 50% of small businesses actually reach such a momentous milestone and we are humbly proud to be here! Of course we could not have achieved such a feat without the steadfast support of you, our loyal customers!!

So, we have many delicious things planned to celebrate and appreciate you for your patronage over the years!

 

NEW OPEN HOURS

Every Fall we change our hours back to closing at 9pm but this year we are going to be doing something a little different. Now that we have espresso going and school is back in session we recognize the need to begin opening an hour earlier. Beginning Monday, September 22nd our new open hours will be 8am-9pm to better accommodate our customers who might like to make a stop on the way to work or school. We look forward to starting our day even earlier with your smiling faces!

FALL MENU

We say this every year and every year we mean it but around here the Fall is our favorite season.  Maybe it’s the subtle chill in the air, maybe it’s the romance of falling leaves or just the sheer excitement for the return of soup weather!  For us we relish the opportunity to bring you a new and dynamic menu full of flavor and innovation.  Every day of our anniversary week we will be introducing new menu items so you’d be advised to stay attuned. Here’s a little preview, however, of what’s to come:

Raw Lemon Bars

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Salad

Apple Fritter Scones

Chai Sugar Cookies

Sweet Potato Cream Pies

Raspberry Banana Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Boston Cream Pies

Maple Bourbon Ginger Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Chard Bacon Leek Quiche

New Cascadia Bagels and so much more!!

ANNIVERSARY WEEK SPECIAL PROMOTIONS

Because it is our anniversary week and no small business succeeds without a loyal customer base we will be running a number of specials to show you our appreciation.

Monday-Friday- Anyone making a purchase of $25 or more will receive a free t-shirt! We have limited supplies however so make sure you get in before we run out!

ALSO...Monday-Sunday- Anyone making a food and/or drink purchase of any amount can enter to win a $50 Gift Card to spend at your leisure.  All you need to do is write your name and email address on the back of your sales receipt to enter. The winner will be contacted via email on Monday, September 22nd.

NEW CUSTOM GIFT CARDS

We are very excited to introduce our new Gift Cards that will replace our large, bulky paper gift certificates. Anyone who puts more than $5.00 on a gift card during our anniversary week will receive a coupon for a free single soft-serve! These cards can be loaded up with any dollar amount, reloaded indefinitely and used just like a credit card. Not only are these much cuter and easier to use but there is no fee per swipe. This means that with your help we can save on those pesky credit card processing fees! You can also register it online to check your balance! It’s super easy, eco-friendly and beats using credit cards!

EARLY CLOSURE FOR STAFF APPRECIATION MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd

Last but not least, we will be closing at 3pm on Monday, September 22nd to host an Appreciation Party for our beloved staff members. It’s a rare occasion to get everyone together and in order to make it possible we need to close early that day. Hopefully we can take care of all your needs during the hours of 8am to 3pm. Thanks for the understanding!!

So that’s where things stand this September here at Back to Eden Bakery! We are so delighted to be in a position to serve our beloved Portland community and hope to continue doing so for many years to come!! We look forward to celebrating with you this week and, if given the opportunity, personally thanking you ourselves!

Wishing you all the best,

In gratitude,

Back to Eden Bakery

Here's What's Sprouting This Spring!

Posted on Mar 4, 2014

Greetings friends!! 

We’ve only a few more weeks to go before we can officially say “welcome spring” and the budding trees are eager to congratulate you on making it through! It’s been a while since we’ve used this medium to reach out to you but that’s not to say its been all hibernation this winter. In fact, we have been busy crafting plans to make 2014 the most dynamic year Back to Eden Bakery has seen yet! Some ideas are still germinating but here’s a preview of some of the seeds we are planting this year.

As many of you know last year we partnered up with Trailhead Coffee Roasters to provide you with some of the best beans Portland has to offer. In the fall we finally added espresso to our menu with four non-dairy milk options to choose from. Well, this year we are incredibly proud to introduce our very own “Back to Eden Blend” co-created with the folks at Trailhead. Ethically sourced and sustainably grown, the beans in our custom blend come from Peru and Colombia through the Cafe Femenino Coffee Project. A social program focused on empowerment, network building and income generation,  every cup of coffee or retail bag you purchase helps to enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee growing communities around the world. Follow the links to learn more about Cafe Femenino, Trailhead Coffee Roasters and our coffee offerings.
In the baking department we have added many new exciting flavors that are sure to delight you this season:
Since we’ve been talking coffee, nothing pairs better than one of our morning pastries. Our Citrus Ginger Scone has been winning fans over since we introduced it last month. The perfect alchemy of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, lemon zest and crystallized ginger this scone is not only perfection in flavor but its texture simply can’t be beat.
Inspired by your favorite childhood snack we’d like to introduce to you our latest dessert item (drumroll please...) our brand new PB&J Whoopie Pie! Just imagine two perfectly moist yet chewy peanut butter cookie cakes sandwiched together with a concord grape buttercream filling! To sum it up, heartwarmingly nostalgic and oh so delicious!!
If a light breakfast or brunch is what you are after you might want to consider our Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy. Just this week we stepped it up a notch by giving you the option of adding a housemade gluten-free walnut oat sausage patty. Hearty, savory and seriously satisfying, this new menu item is sure to be a hit. Word to the wise, the early bird gets the worm if you know what we mean!
Last but not least, we’d like to show you all a little customer appreciation for sticking with us this winter and braving the elements to show us your support. Last year we collaborated with our friends over at Seed Garden Designs to create the perfect image for our new t-shirts. Inspired by our company’s mission to plant something in return, the image not only bears a message of hope and renewal but are locally printed using American Apparel’s sustainable tee made of 100% organic cotton. For the rest of the month you can save 50% on our t-shirts when you make a $25 purchase or more in store. And to really show you our appreciation we will be raffling away five t-shirts on April 1st. No purchase necessary! No fooling! To enter all you have to do to is use the Contact form on our website.
As you can see 2014 is off to a great start around here and we will be making more of an effort to keep you dialed in and inspired. Checking in with our blog is one way to stay informed and don’t forget to visit our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter for more up to the moment information.

We are so grateful to be of service to you and wish you all the best as always!

Cheers!
Back to Eden Bakery

 

We FINALLY have ESPRESSO!!

Posted on Nov 15, 2013
Anyone who has visited our shop before knows what a petite space it is and yet we somehow manage to make magic happen in there in spite of that fact. With over thirty handcrafted baked goods in rotation daily, an impressive ice cream shake/sundae menu and a nice assortment of savory lunch options we’d like to think that we are working it out. Well, we are quite proud to say that this week things just got a lot better around here.

For the four plus years we have been doing business in our humble little shop at 2217 NE Alberta Street the number one request we have gotten from our customers is espresso. Given the limited counter space and close quarters we have always assumed that it was more than our shop could bare but alas we have made it happen! Espresso is finally here!

Now you can get your caffeination on when you stop by for your morning pastry, getting your lunch to go or are picking up your special order cake. We are delighted for the partnership we have with Trailhead Coffee Roasters who produce some of the highest quality beans here in Portland. Our milk choices include soy, rice, hazelnut and hemp so you definitely have options. And if mochas or flavored lattes are your fancy we source fair-trade organic chocolate and flavor syrups from Holy Kakow.

We’d like you consider Back to Eden Bakery your go-to source for a quality cup of coffee as well as your favorite 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free bakery! Thank you for all your patience and support over the years. We heard the demand and are so happy we were able to respond!

P.S. While we have your attention we want to remind you that we are now actively taking special orders for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Please refer to the ordering guide below and keep in mind that all orders need to be placed by either Monday, November 25th or Sunday, December 22nd respectively. The calendar will fill up, however, so do yourself a favor and give us a call soon!

Wishing you all the best and a happy holidays!

Back to Eden Bakery

 

The Holidays Are Just Around The Corner...

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
There are so many things to love about this time of year, especially that special day in late November when we all gather to give thanks!  Friends, family and the most comforting food ever, what more could you ask for?!  Every house looks different and we all have our traditions, both old and new ones but one thing is for sure, we’ll all be cooking!
The cornerstone of every good celebration, no holiday spread is going to be complete without an array of seasonal desserts.   Nothing says Thanksgiving like a fresh baked pie but with all that shopping and cooking (and eating) you might be asking yourself who’s got the time?
Maybe your gluten-free relatives are in town this year and the idea of making a gluten-free crust on top of the million other things on your list sounds beyond daunting. Whatever your reason, there is nothing wrong in asking for a little help this holiday season!
If you find yourself needing a “helping hand” to lighten your load in the kitchen this year than look no further than our vegan gluten-free pies and desserts!  Just as buttery and flaky as its counterpart our gluten-free pie crust is truly one of a kind. We’ll be filling them up with the  freshest seasonal ingredients and aromatic spices with an emphasis on fair-trade, organic and local whenever possible. On the menu: Caramel Apple Crumble, Cranberry Apple, Marionberry Pear and Pumpkin topped with whipped coconut cream.
No doubt you’ll be running around for days getting it all ready so if you need some other treats to satiate your your guests we’ve got just what you need. Want to start the day off on a sweet note? Choose from our list of scrumptious morning pastries like glazed cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, coffee cake or soy-free baked doughnuts. On the savory side of things choose from our  our wildly popular eggless quiches, tomato kale cashew tarts or savory scones. Knowing that you may just want a variety of it all we will be selling whole pies and quiches in an 8” size as well as our smaller personal size so you can mix and match.
Just refer to the pricing guide below and fill free to email us at info@backtoedenbakery.com if you have any questions. The calendar will begin to fill up fast so do yourself a favor and place your orders as early as possible. The last day to place an order for Thanksgiving is Monday, November 25th and for Christmas it will be Sunday, December 22nd. Please note that there are no guarantees we will be able to accommodate your request so do think ahead.
Whatever you need we are here for you and would take delight in helping to make your holidays as stress-free as possible. Nothing brings us more joy than knowing that our allergy sensitive treats are in your home and your stomachs!

Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Holidays!!

With love and warmth,
Back to Eden Bakery

P.S. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! The bakery will be closed on Wednesday, November 13th all day for some much needed storefront maintenance. After 4 plus years of fielding your requests we have finally figured out a way to add an espresso machine to our operation! Soon you will be able to meet all your caffeination needs when you stop by for your baked goods! Thanks for your patience and support over the years, espresso is coming soon!!

 

Betty Crocker Comes Out In Support Of Gay Families!

Posted on Oct 13, 2013

 

Last Friday was National Coming Out Day and it has been incredibly heartwarming to read so many different people’s very personal coming out stories. While sifting through the news headlines on any given day it would be easy to lament all the ways in which we still seem to be “missing the mark” as a species. It is clear we still struggle with granting members of our own human communities the grace and respect they intrinsically deserve. Only now are we beginning to wake up to the fundamental notion that all beings, human and non-human, desire and deserve love, kindness and good will. Yet, as painfully slow this progress may feel the culture is changing and ultimately for the better. If we step back for a minute and look at how far we have come in only 50 short years the rate at which our understanding and acceptance of each others differences is quite astounding.

So when we came across this video from Betty Crocker we couldn’t help but feel our hearts swell with hope and joy for where the culture might be headed. Of course as baking companies go our food philosophies couldn’t be more different but it appears we have more in common than first impressions might presume. As wholesome as apple pie, we all grew up with Betty in our home kitchens and probably can’t even count the number of birthday cakes she provided us as kids. This video truly goes to show that you can’t always judge a cake by the box it comes in  and even the most ubiquitous of cultural institutions are susceptible to the heart-opening powers of love, justice and equality for all.

Thank you Betty Crocker for “coming out” in support of the LGBT community and our families!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/11/betty-crocker-gay-families_n_4086280.html
http://familiesproject.bettycrocker.com

New Fall Flavors Are Here!!

Posted on Oct 4, 2013
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  Everyone who knows me knows this and while they all think my love for Fall is due to my October birthday, it’s really so much more than that.  It’s that slight chill in the air, the smell of fireplaces burning at dusk, the colors the foliage takes on in slow motion, but my absolute favorite thing about Fall is it’s flavor.  There is nothing like the flavors of Fall.  Winter squashes spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, the tart and sweet complexities of cranberries, the abundance of Oregon grown apples and pears ranging in flavor from super sour to super sweet.  The spicy and warming flavors of chai and mexican spiced chocolate, the buttery profiles of walnuts and pecans and the autumnal flavor of toasted oregon hazelnuts.

All of these flavors inspire me every year to create a new line-up of delicious Gluten-Free Vegan baked goods that warm up both your stomach and your heart.  Here is a taste of the new flavors we are kicking off this special season with.

The Maple Walnut Scone is back and better than ever.  This was a Back to Eden staple for the first few years and went into temporary retirement until a Gluten-Free version could be created that was just as good.  I’m happy to say that day has arrived!
We have two new breads for you to choose from bursting with flavor and sweetened only with Pure Organic Maple Syrup.  The Marionberry Molasses bread has a deep gingerbread flavor and is complemented by a sweet and tart marionberry burst and the Ginger Pumpkin Pear bread is a great way to get your daily dose of pumpkin with the spice of ginger and the sweetness of local Oregon pears.
Our new Butternut Squash Apple Hazelnut Muffin is an instant favorite with our staff!  This delicious muffin is made with organic butternut squash puree and studded with apples and hazelnuts both grown in Oregon!
Pies are also seeing a seasonal shift from the bright vibrant flavors of summer to the more subtle and soothing flavors of Fall.  We still have our Chocolate Cream Pies and along side them is our Pumpkin Cream Pie, a classic pumpkin pie filling topped with our whipped cream topping and dusted with nutmeg!  For fruit pies it’s time for Caramel Apple Crumble Pies!  Made with organic tart Oregon apples, tossed with brown sugar and spices and topped with a crunchy crumb top it doesn’t get much more fall than this pie!
The Pumpkin Whoopie is also back!  That’s about all I need to say about that right?!
Two new doughnut flavors are also gracing the cases this Fall!  The first is a Chocolate Root Beer Doughnut made with the same chocolate base you love but topped with a glaze made with pure natural root beer and dusted with organic, fair-trade cocoa.  The Pumpkin Doughnut is back and topped with a everyone’s favorite Maple glaze!!
We are also adding a new fall Mini Cake to the rotation and it’s really delicious!  It is made from moist pumpkin cakes, filled with vanilla buttercream, covered in ganache and topped with candied pepitas (pumpkin seeds!) it’s rich, delicious and seasonal!
These are just some of the new products that we are rolling out this season so be sure to keep checking in to see what new things we come up with!  Thank you all for your support, we get so much joy out of feeding you, our community.  I hope you all enjoy and embrace this fall as much as I do! 

With Warmest Regards,

Garrett Jones
Executive Chef of Back to Eden Bakery

 

Introducing Our New Pastry Cases With A Lot Of New Product!

Posted on Jul 18, 2013

There are so many exciting things blooming this summer for Back to Eden Bakery and one of them just happens to be blooming today.  We are introducing a new and expanded line of fresh baked goods and pastries that are of course 100% plant based, vegan and gluten-free.

I have been working on some of these recipes for months now, one for over a year and I could not be more excited to share them with all of you.  I believe that whether you’ve been a customer for years or are about to stumble into our shop for your first visit later this week, you will truly fall in love with our new offerings.

To start we have finally achieved what we believe to be a fantastic cinnamon roll.  It is so good that many of us like it even better on day two!  It has an incredibly nostalgic full cinnamon flavor and is topped with a thin glaze that cracks when you start to unravel it

 

We also have two new doughnuts that are very different than the Toasted Coconut and Lemon but still have that deep baked doughnut flavor.  The Maple Cruller is a hybrid of two classics, a cruller and a maple bar.  The twisted doughnut is full of light vanilla flavors with a memorable maple glaze.  The Chocolate Marionberry is an adventure into chocolate doughnuts for us and we are glad we took the trip.  The rich cake doughnut is hand dipped in a glaze made with whole oregon marionberries.
We are also have adding a bit of variety to a couple of our already popular items.  A Lavender Peach Vanilla Bean Scone will bring balance to the current and beloved Smoked Tempeh, Mozzarella Fig Savory Scone and the Oregon Raspberry Crumble Muffins will provide a tart berry zing and crunch to round out our current Ginger Coconut Cardamom Muffin.

 

We will also be selling big delicious Brownies filled with chopped dark chocolate and adding a Banana Bread with Toasted Walnuts to our mini bread offerings.  And finally two new cookies.  We will now always have a total of four cookies starting with our current Lavender Snickerdoodle and Classic Chocolate Chip and adding a Peanut Butter and Molasses and a Pineapple, White Chocolate and Oat.  These new cookies are perhaps my two most favorite cookies that I have ever baked, ever.

We have been working for the past few months with a team of two local woodworkers and visionaries, both named Ben who are unbelievably talented, to create to brand new pastry cases that were food safe and would display our baked goods and pastries beautifully.  One will sit on top of our refrigerated pastry case which currently hold two cupcakes and two types of cookies.  Talking about variety, this new case will house 8 different cupcakes, 4 different cookies, brownies and whoopie pies.  The other case will replace our current AM pastry case and will hold 11 pastry items replacing our current case which holds 5 items.  And for those of you regulars who might be wondering... the whoopie pie spot in the refrigerated case will be replaced by a second cream pie!

We can’t wait to see you all in the coming weeks and celebrate all these new, inspiring and most importantly delicious pastries and desserts!  As always we thank you for your support of Back to Eden Bakery, we could not do this without you and we wouldn’t want to!  You all inspire me to continue to love what I do and strive to always do it better.  I hope you enjoy these new items as much as I enjoyed creating them.

With Love and appreciation,

Garrett Jones
Executive Chef of Back to Eden Bakery

 

Let's Race for the Animals on June 30th!

Posted on Jun 10, 2013

 

Are you a walker, jogger, or a runner? Do you enjoy participating in community events that help the animals? Come join Northwest Veg and some of the Back to Eden staff for a 5k/10k fun trail run/walk on June 30th at Mt. Tabor! Race for the Animals is an annual event that works to generate awareness of a plant-based lifestyle and raise money for education and outreach campaigns by Northwest Veg. 

By participating in the 4th annual Race for the Animals, you will be making a difference for the animals, the planet, and your health. You will also be supporting Out to Pasture Sanctuary. Out to Pasture is a no-kill sanctuary in Estacada, Oregon. It is a place where all animals are treated with kindness and compassion. Back to Eden is loyal in supporting animal causes and we would love to see our community of amazing customers run or walk with us as we promote a cause about which we are so passionate!

So lace up those shoes and let’s move to advocate for the animals!

 

Sign up for the run HERE

Check out Out to Pasture HERE

Mark your calendars for a Back to Eden Wedding Cake Tasting!

Posted on Jun 4, 2013

 

Back to Eden Bakery would like you to join us for an evening of wedding desserts and sparkling wine as we showcase our 100% gluten-free vegan treats. Spend an evening in our kitchen mingling with our Executive Chef and creative team, while you sample our decadent, seasonal flavors. The kitchen will be open from 6-8pm on June 19, 2013. We had originally planned this tasting event for May, but due to a few unforeseen circumstances we decided to move it to June! Come and take advantage of the warmer evening as we celebrate love and tasty treats! We will be showcasing a variety of desserts including our signature three-tiered wedding cake, cupcakes, mini pies, and sparkling wine. Stop in with your sweetie or a friend and let us show you just how special your day can be with the help of our heavenly treats! Please RSVP with an email to weddings@backtoedenbakery.com! We look forward to seeing you there!