When we first opened the Magnolia Bakery, we imagined a cozy, old-fashioned shop where people could come for a cup of coffee and something sweet. We expected our customers to include some local regulars and lots of neighborhood families. We thought we'd close at seven each evening so we could go home and make dinner. We never expected that Magnolia would turn into a city-wide hangout, much less that on weekend nights there would be lines out the door!
The Magnolia Bakery came into being over a brunch conversation during which Jennifer and I expressed for the umpteenth time our mutual frustration with our jobs and lifestyles. We finally decided that something would be done about it and opened up a wholesale baking business in early 1996. We soon received very positive feedback from our customers. When a retail space became available in our favorite neighborhood, we grabbed the opportunity. New York City's West Village seemed ideal. It was low-key and family-oriented, a place where we could do what we loved where we loved it. Over the course of two months and with the help of an adept construction crew, we transformed an empty shell into a warm cozy kitchen.
Our customers would stop by as much for the feel of the store as they did for the desserts. With its vintage American decor and desserts, customers often told us that walking into the bakery was just like stepping back in time to their grandmother's kitchen. They would come in for a slice of cake and end up with a little piece of their childhood. Over the years, people have wanted to meet us to say thanks for making the red velvet cake they remembered from church picnics or the banana pudding just like their mom used to make. While the business itself was fast paced and hectic at times, our original aim and values remained the same: we simply did everything the oldfashioned way, using the best and freshest ingredients, and took the time to produce delicious homemade treats.
A few years into business together, Jennifer left Magnolia to open up her own bakery, The Buttercup Bake Shop in midtown Manhattan. After the publication of The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, many people suggested that I do a second book. While working full time at the bakery, the idea of writing another cookbook seemed impossible. Finally, after putting together a committed staff at the shop, I was able to move full time to my country house, and I could really consider the idea, knowing that I would have the time and energy necessary to write the book I wanted to write. I created the recipes for More From Magnolia in an old-fashioned style, but with new ideas and different combinations of ingredients to keep things interesting and fun.
As the unexpected popularity of our cupcakes grew, the bakery got busier and busier and the lines got longer and longer. After ten wonderful years at Magnolia, I decided to sell the business to stay home full time with my growing family. The new owners have opened more Magnolia Bakeries and continue to be successful.
This collection of recipes brings together all of the recipes in both Magnolia cookbooks -- classic American desserts reflecting the sensibilities of the bakery and my home.
Introduction copyright © 2009 by Allysa Torey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you have one of their series of Magnolia bakery book, no need to purchase a second book.
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love all the recipes in here and I can wait to make more recipes. Made lemon cupcakes and vanilla cake and both are delish. Great baking tips and love the story behind each recipe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
anxious to try out some of these recipes. Had expected more cupcake recipesPublished 1 month ago by Laurie St. Germain
This is the ultimate in cookbooks. It has cupcakes, it has the banana pudding recipe. It's perfect. This. Ok makes an excellent gift, and I love the decklled pages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Jacobs
With this book you could completely start your own bakery. Traditional recipes, easy step to step guidelines, a great book for beginners or pros!Published 5 months ago by Celia Farfan Martel
I sat down and read this cover to cover, the day I got it. I made the peanut butter chip oatmeal cookies the very next day----GREAT!! My family gave it a "thumbs up". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Toni Anderson
I made the german chocolate cake and it was amazing. There were a few steps but they were all simple for an inexperienced baker. The cake got rave reviews. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lisa
I love this cookbook! The cupcakes and cookies are excellent, and I've found quite a few go-to recipes. The peanut butter cookies and the vanilla cupcakes are two of my favorites.Published 6 months ago by Jo March