Monday, April 9, 2012

Bakesale Betty Manager Makes Scones on the Side

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Bakesale Betty’s production manager Shawn Walker-Smith is an accomplished professional baker, but his day job is more administrative than hands-on. When he told then-pregnant owner Alison Barakat that he missed getting his hands in the flour, she fiercely insisted he start up a side business. “I was not about to argue with a pregnant woman,” laughed Walker-Smith.

His new venture, TART! Bakery, is now fully operational, pumping out eight or nine dozen scones a week for sale at Arbor Cafe in Temescal. He makes his baked goods after-hours in the Bakesale Betty ovens, just barely keeping up with demand.

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  • Susie Wyshak

Last week I requested a couple of cranberry orange raisin scones to be set aside for pickup at Arbor Cafe. When I dropped by, the baristas asked for ID: “We wanted to keep these for ourselves!” Arbor had run out for the day, and with good reason; the buttery, moist scones were a perfect balance of tart and sweet.

Despite high demand, Walker-Smith has no plans to expand production, saying he needs to balance TART! with his work at Bakesale Betty. You can purchase his scones at Arbor Cafe, at Bakesale Betty during Art Murmur, or you can get larger batches by special order.

TART! Bakery, 510-532-7288

Arbor Cafe, 4210 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

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