Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sublime Pastry Case

Above is a photo of our Sublime Bakery pastry case. For the average person this is just another peice of equipment in our bakery. But for me the case is an object of great affection. You probably think I'm kidding. I spent weeks during the construction of my shop searching for the perfect pastry case. Many were ugly, most were boring, none caught my eye. Until this one. She is glossy black with gold trim. Mirrored and lighted inside to show off all our goodies. She is half dry and half cold. She is perfect. She is Sublime.
Now, I should probably explain for the unitiated, that this is the single most expensive piece of equipment in the bakery. More than the 20 quart commercial mixer. More than the 6 door refrigerator. Pastry cases are a significant investment. So it was with great care and caution that I endeavored to find just the right pastry case for our space. I found this one in Ohio. My bakery is in Texas. I was not deterred. She made the trip safely in a customized crate and awaited the completion of construction to be put in place. We built our retail space around her to show off her best features. We clean her glass window several times a day, washing away the finger and face prints left behind by the many children who press up against the glass to pick their favorite sweets. We dust her and buff her and give her great care and attention. In return she shows off our cupcakes, croissants, scones, brownies, cakes and tarts with great pride. Or so I imagine.

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