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, its 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 cant visit the bakery in Loehmanns 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.
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