Leslie Cole, Author at Grand Central Bakery

Grand Central Bakery

Portland Locations

Seattle Locations

A Sweet Way to Recycle Bread

Ugh – don’t you hate throwing away food? Not only does it FEEL bad, food waste also increases our carbon footprint and accelerates the impacts of climate change. So in honor of Earth Day (which is every day, right?) we’re sharing the Grand Central Bakery recipe for Bread Pudding Muffins – an ingenious idea from […]

read more...

6 baking mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Build confidence in the kitchen with advice from our bakers There’s nothing sadder than a dessert disaster. You take precious time from your day to shop, measure, mix and clean up. And somehow you end up with disappointing results. 🤦‍♀️ Meanwhile you’re STILL craving a fresh-from-the-oven treat. With so many recipes and videos out there […]

read more...

The Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread is the kind of recipe that makes you fall in love with baking. The recipe is not fussy or demanding. It’s quick and easy to make, with basic ingredients you likely have on hand. And the results are absolutely delicious. A few tips for getting the most out of our recipe: Use […]

read more...

Tips for Using our Pizza Dough

Grand Central U-bake Pizza Dough makes a flavorful crust with lots of character. Follow these tips to make delicious artisan pizza at home and watch Piper’s Pizza Video! General tips Use minimal toppings. This dough tastes great, don’t weigh it down! Keep your pizza dough in the plastic bag while defrosting and proofing. Form your […]

read more...

5% for immigrant rights on Friday 3/12

Grand Central will donate 5% of sales at all cafe locations on Friday, March 12th to support immigrant rights in Oregon and Washington. Donations collected in Seattle will go to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). In Portland they will go to Causa Oregon.  Causa, Oregon’s Latinx immigrant rights organization, works to improve the lives of […]

read more...

Portland bakers union contract ratified

On March 1st, employees voted to approve an agreement between Grand Central Bakery and Bakers, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers Local 114, the union that represents 31 bread bakers and dishwashers at the bread production facility in Northwest Portland. Grand Central Bakery currently has 320 employees in Seattle and Portland. The union does not […]

read more...

5 Secrets to Delicious Soup

Few things are better home-made soup on a drizzly Northwest day. Homemade soup also is practical and thrifty; it lets you use up what you have in the fridge, and makes enough food to cover several meals. Even better, you can batch and freeze small portions to enjoy later. We make LOTS of soup in […]

read more...

6 Easy Shortbread Desserts

Turn buttery dough into irresistible cookies and tarts   Classic shortbread dough gives you a head start on homemade cookies and beautiful desserts. You can make your own, or use our pre-made Shortbread Dough to get bakery-perfect results in minutes. Made with flavorful, rich European-style butter, real vanilla, and cane sugar, our U-bake Classic Vanilla […]

read more...

HOW TO FREEZE BREAD BY THE SLICE OR LOAF

Freezing bread is a great way to make it last longer and ensure that you always have delicious toast to butter in the morning or sandwich bread on hand for lunch. With the holidays approaching, freezing bread and rolls will save shopping trips and ensure you have everything you need for special meals. Right now, […]

read more...

HOW TO MAKE BREAD CUBES FOR STUFFING

Dry out bread to make delicious stuffing Homemade bread cubes make a big difference in the texture and flavor of stuffing. The better the bread, the better your stuffing. Make our Classic Stuffing Recipe It’s important to use dried bread so it can absorb all the flavorful liquid ingredients in your stuffing. Making bread cubes […]

read more...