Review: Flour Bakery, Massachusetts

by Cate on August 22, 2011

Flour - Inside of Meringue
On our epic road trip this weekend, I started compiling a list of topics that still need to be written about here … places we’ve been, restaurants we’ve eaten at, thoughts swirling around my head.  I was trying to capture it in a list before I lose track of something and the list, well, it’s a little long.  Like I stopped numbering it around the 70s mark.  So we need to get busy.

Flour Bakery is one of the spots that Patsy, Joanne and I visited when we were in Boston last month.  Was it only last month guys??  Luckily since Joanne lived in the area for a few years, she knew right where to take us for breakfast the morning of our conference.  Which was a good thing because a) the conference was just providing coffee that you had to drink before walking in and taking your seat and b) we needed to get introduced to the meringues and scones that come out of Flour.  True dat.

Joanne Chang-Myers is the owner/proprietor (follow her on Twitter here), and there are three locations in MA.  We stopped into the Central Square location in Cambridge, which has awesome, easy on-street parking.

Since it was my first visit there, the menu was a little overwhelming.  And, really, I wanted it all.  Some for breakfast.  Some for the ride home.  Some to bring as gifts for my fam and friends.  One of everything, please.

I restrained myself.

Well, only a little.

A loaf of French bread, which was exceptionally hard to resist being it was seriously still warm from the oven.

A giant fat almond meringue in a cellophane wrapper and dark blue ribbon tying it closed.

Fresh, homemade granola.

And a blueberry muffin top.

Oh and a Cheddar Scallion scone.

Flour - Inside Wall
Loved, loved, loved the chalkboard menu.  And the weekly quote.  And the greenness of the bakery using real silverware for guests staying in.

Flour - Being Green
And that you could see the bakers working away behind a clear glass partition.

Which I totally should have gotten a picture of.

Flour - Quote
My total was around twenty bucks or so, and my bag was bulging.

Flour - Cheddar and Scallion Scone
I tend to be very picky about scones, because more often than not, they can be dry.  Not so with the one at Flour.  Slightly moist, with a hint of flavor, it didn’t crumble to the touch, which was awesome.

Flour - Patrons
The meringue had just a whisper of almond flavoring.  Enough that you knew it was there, but not so much that it knocked you over.

And the blueberry muffin top?  Moist and bursting with blueberry goodness.  It was the perfect accompaniment to sneak into the conference.

Flour - Lemon Curd Recipe
Luckily Joanne bought the cookbook, because even though at first glance the recipes were crazylong, I don’t know if I can go without having them again.  And while I have been known to travel far and wide for a foodworthy cause, Boston might be a little extreme for a meringue.

Flour - Patsy
If you’re in the area, do stop in and give them some love.  My only regret is that I didn’t buy a mug.  ‘Cause I do so adore their logo.

Flour - Outside Sign

Flour Bakery
Central Square

190 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139
Mon-Fri 7a-8p
Sat 8a-6p; Sun 9a-5p

August 22, 2011 – Bonus Photos
Bakerella's Three Chip Cookies
Made a batch of Three Chip Cookies today. New recipe I found on Bakerella’s web site. Not a WOW, just your basic cookie. In fact, Madeline took one bite and left the rest on the counter. No matter. The recipe made five dozen, which is the perfect amount to cross another Summer Bucket List item off … cookie delivery to some neighbors – woot!

Ready to Go

Summer Bucket List

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Joanne August 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

Flour was definitely one of the high points of our trip…I’m so glad we got to go! I wanted to go when I was in Boston for the marathon but it just never quite happened. However, given how much I bought there…I think we made up for it. Ten-fold.


Kavs August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

This is 5 mins walk from my home! :)


Ramona August 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Very cool place! Only 20 bucks….I would have gone crazy.


Rebecca August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

Hey, I’ve been there. :) I work in Cambridge, and sometimes walk over for an after-lunch treat. I agree that the place is great; glad you enjoyed the visit!


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