Raised by my Grandmother in rural Nova Scotia I have no stronger memory than the one of being greeted on the doorstep after returning from school. Yes, by my Grandmother, but also by the scent of her fresh-baked bread or cookies. It wafted out the kitchen window and through the air to stir my appetite. Today that memory still stirs my soul.
Speaking of cookies….
On River Road East in New Wasaga Beach sits a wee bake shop proudly owned and lovingly stocked by Beach resident Amanda Sutton. Prior to moving here Amanda had been an annual visitor to the area for over 20 years. Then eight years ago her dad Jim Sutton (yes, our amazing Beach photographer extraordinaire) decided to retire here. It was then that Amanda knew clearly that she wanted to move here as well.
Originally the talented baker was doing custom cakes for family and friends and selling her baked goods at local markets and craft shows. She opened her storefront, The Baker’s Bench, at 676 River Road East in June this year.
“I’ve always had a sweet tooth” admits Amanda who had been working in the food industry in one way or another since age 18. At 19 she was a server at a steak house with an amazing chef, Jonathan Nevins, who she says really encouraged her to try new flavours and food items. “I was so blown away by what he could do with a dish that I decided to switch to the kitchen.”
Amanda found that she really enjoyed creating great food. As a lover of art as well she eventually decided to combine her two joys, along with her sweet tooth, and focus on dessert and pastry. “That is when I made the decision to go to George Brown College in Toronto to study Baking and Pastry Arts Management.” The two-year program focussed on baking skills as well as theory of baking and business management.
So, in addition to incredible enticing aromas, what else will welcome you at The Baker’s Bench?
On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays this skilful baker typically offers buttertarts, scones and cookies. On Fridays she is open in the evening and usually features muffins and cookies. She also does custom cakes and holiday specials such as pies so can help make any occasion extra special.
You can place a custom order by messaging Amanda on Facebook or Instagram, by phone (705) 444-4803, or in person by stopping at the bake shop.
“Since I am a one woman operation, it’s best to order as far in advance to the event as possible” says Amanda. “Even booking a date with just a few details is a good way to secure your spot. Then we can finalize the rest of the details as the event gets closer.”
While Amanda says scones and buttertarts are certainly top hits she personally has a weakness for classic chocolate chip cookies.
Well, who could say no to any of those?
Current hours of operation:
Thursday 10:00AM – 3:30PM
Friday 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 3:30PM
Sunday 10:00AM – 3:30PM
Note: Everything is made fresh and once items sell out the shop closes. Call ahead 705-444-4803