Bakesale Betty started selling her homey baked goods today. There were scones, banana bread, brownies, lemon squares and her delicious warm sticky date pudding with warm caramel sauce (what can I say, yum).
They will be adding products over the next month as they get settled into the new shop. Coming soon are the Lamingtons, ginger cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies and vanilla shortcakes. Alison (Betty), decked out in her blue wig, said that they will also have soups, salads, sandwiches and coffee soon.
Alison Barakat, worked at the Chez Panisse Cafe for three years after moving to the Bay Area from Australia. She started selling her baked goods at the Danville farmers market and also sells at the Alameda and Walnut Creek farmers markets. Helping her run the shop is her fiancé Michael Camp. They are really a friendly, cheerful couple.
Alison offered samples. I thought sample was maybe Australian for baked good when she popped a whole strawberry rhubarb scone in a bag. She generously gifted me with the first scone. There were also apricot/almond and orange scones. Fresh blueberry are coming.The large round scones are light and buttery and topped with sugar.
The banana bread sweetened with honey is dusted with a cinnamon crumb topping. It is sweet and moist. The cakey, moist brownies reminded me of something a good home cook would make.
My favorite was the lemon squares on a shortbread crust with an intense lemon flavor and a little puckery tartness.
There were whole round sticky date pudding cakes wrapped in cellophane. I asked if it was sold by the slice and was given a sample of the lovely sweet most dessert.
The desserts are on the sweet side. I liked them and am looking forward to stopping by as the shop adds to their product line. They really are the type of good home baked goods you might find at a bake sale ... with a touch that reminds you of the Chez Panisse background. It is a nice addition to that neighborhood.
It is located on Telegraph on the corner of the block that has Pizzaiolo and Dona Tomas. It is just across the street from the Walgreens.
Allison said the hours might be a little irregular in the opening month, but basically 7 7 six days a week. She said Sundays they might close about three.
5098 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, Ca 94609