Back to Eden Blog

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!

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