Englewood Baking Company--a taste of traditional Cape Cod in every bite

Local baker offers fresh croissants, cakes, breads and focaccia
Englewood Baking Company's flaky, buttery croissants are available at the Bass River and Osterville Farmers Markets here on Cape Cod. Eileen Nelson Photography.

Consumers with refined tastes have come to appreciate the tradition, skill and time it takes to create quality foods. Many people look for quality ingredients and eschew the manufactured, tasteless items offered at many shops and eateries. A Mid Cape company has risen above the others by creating handmade, heavenly baked goods, fresh from the oven.  Each bite packed with years of tradition, fresh ingredients and mouthwatering flavor.

The company is named for the Englewood Beach area of West Yarmouth and the Englewood Hotel, a grand establishment destroyed by fire in 1962. Owner and chief baker of the Englewood Baking Company, Betc McNamara's family owned and ran the Englewood Hotel from 1901-1961. The windmill in the baking company's local is an homage to the hotel and McNamara''s strong family connection to the Cape.  

Englewood Baking Company offers a delicious array of homemade breads and rolls, foccacia, croissants and cakes. All products are handmade with locally-sourced ingredients when available. Created in a residential kitchen in West Yarmouth, all of the company's items are available via phone order and at several popular Cape Cod farmers markets.

When asked which product she is most proud of, Betc quickly answered, "our croissants, without question. Ask any baker, making them is difficult (a 2-3 day process), but they are uniquely satisfying to make and it's a process I have worked on and tweaked for several years." 

Betc's love of baking started when she was just a girl. "Before I began school, while my dad was at work and my five brothers and sisters were all at school, my mom and I would bake." Betc looks back on that time making breads, popovers and chocolate cakes with her mother. "I don't ever think of that time and think immediately of the final product," Betc said. "I think of the whole process Mom taught me."

Years of perfecting her craft and training under a French Master Pastry Chef at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge have paid off. Englewood's plain, almond, pain au chocolate, raspberry, Swiss cheese, garlic tomato and fontina and the best-selling spinach and feta croissants are loved by all who have tasted them. "Our croissants are not the manufactured, and often times tasteless pastries one would find at a supermarket or sometimes at some local bakeries."  

Englewood's products are perfect for any occasion--breakfast, brunch, as appetizers, dessert or a hostess gift. Croissants can be miniaturized for tasty hors d'oeuvres and the deeply delicious "Devil's Own Chocolate Cake" will sweeten any party or event. The "Devil's Own" is also the base for many divine desserts and special occasion cakes. "This is just by happenstance--our chocolate cake, when eaten alone or with a dash of confectioners sugar is vegan," Betc said. Englewood's chocolate cake is a family recipe, developed from a depression-era cake recipe that didn't require eggs, milk or butter. 

In addition to their traditional offerings, this summer Englewood is introducing a new line of frozen, unbaked pastries. Customers need only pop the pastries in the oven for a deliciously-aromatic and fresh, flaky pastry whenever the fancy strikes.

Englewood's products are met with rave reviews. "I have been trying chocolate croissants all over France this week. I have yet to find one as good as yours", one Facebook fan gushed.  Visitors to the Bass River Farmers Market and the Osterville Farmers Market are also pleasantly surprised by the decadent products that greet them including Englewood's bouchons (French for "cork")--available both "naked" or with a Nutella filling and decadent dark chocolate ganache.

Betc hopes to one day move Englewood into a commercial kitchen. A commercial kitchen will allow Englewood to expand their offering to include some favorite items such as a lovely ham and Swiss croissant currently only made for friends and family. Englewood would also be able to ship outside of Massachusetts making it possible for visitors to Cape Cod to have their new favorite vacation discovery shipped to their home any time of year.

For more information about the Englewood Baking Company or to place an order, call 508-653-5309 or visit the website here. Purchase Englewood products directly at the Bass River Farmers Market at 311 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth (Thursdays & Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., mid-June through mid-September) and the Osterville Farmers Market (Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., mid-June to mid-September).

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