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FOOD AND WINE

SWEET BAKERSFIELD Try these goodies from five local bake shops sure to impress at any holiday party

By Hillary Haenes

Photos by April Massirio

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ith the holidays fast-approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, leaving little time for baking cookies and other sugary confections. If you’re too busy to bake or puzzled on what to bring to your next gettogether, here are five local bake shops sure to impress at any party.

De Coeur Bake Shop decoeurbakeshop@gmail.com; 2413405; decoeurbakeshop.4ormat.com

De Coeur — this bake shop’s name says it all. The translation of this French word means, “from the heart/of the heart,” and Mai Giffard, the owner and chef of De Coeur, practices making everything with thought and care. “French baked goods hold a special place in my heart as I was trained in classic French cooking in culinary school and studied abroad in Nice and Paris in college,” said Giffard, who grew up eating items from the French-Vietnamese bakeries she frequented with family. “That love is deeply ingrained in me, and I wanted to fuse it with my love for American baked goods and share it with the community.”

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Bakersfield Life Magazine

December 2013

De Coeur Bake Shop’s popular macrons come in special holiday flavors.

Bakersfield Life Magazine December 2013  

Bakersfield Life Magazine, December 2013. Holiday Issue.

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