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The Christmas stollen at Grateful Bread epitomizes the baker’s art.

Seasonal loaves are at Grateful Bread

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 - 9:01 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Grateful Bread bakery has been on the scene for 23 years, and each year about this time it offers seasonal goodies that are way too tasty to pass up ($4.50 to $16). Hey, it’s only once a year, right?

The specialty baked goods are Black Forest bread (chocolate and cherries), Italian pannetone (golden raisins and citron), Swedish rye limpa (orange rind and anise seed), German Christmas stollen (raisins, almonds, hazelnuts and citrus peel), fragrant orange stollen (a best-seller, loaded with citrus) and fruitcake (“fed” daily with brandy since September). Today, baker-owner Joe Artim will make alpine lemon bread, a puckery treat with a loyal following.

If you can’t visit the bakery in Loehmann’s Plaza, note that the two stollens are being sold at Whole Foods Markets. Grateful Bread is at 2543 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 487-9179. Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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