It's been a long time coming, my visit to The Baker's Grove. The bakery is located in Shrewbury, NJ, down the shore as I call it. Anything over the bridge is the beach to me. Cherry Hill, beach, Hammonton, beach. Is this normal for someone who lives up north or no?
Anyway, I have been following The Baker's Grove on Instagram for quite some time now and Nikki from Mavs Top Bun always frequents it. The photos on their Instagram are amazing. The chef, Matthew Rosenzweig, is a genius. We exchanged a few words. He was asking if we have been to Alstede Farms. Been there sir, we live right near it! It is such a different world compared to Shrewsbury.
"Owner & Pastry Chef. Matthew began his baking career in 2007 at Delicious Orchards before joining the team at the Flaky Tart in 2009, working under acclaimed pastry chef Marie Jackson. He eventually took over the business as co-owner in 2015, growing the bakery and receiving many accolades, including becoming a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Outstanding Baker and was awarded the Pastry Chef prize from the International Academy of Gastronomy in Paris. After closing the Flaky Tart in 2020, Matthew broke out on his own to bring you his incredible creations that celebrate seasonality & locality at The Baker's Grove. Combining his love of baking, art & nature, you are in for a real treat when you experience his beautifully crafted and flavorful sweets." - from The Baker's Grove website.
As I parked and got out of my car, my eyes were immediately drawn to the beautiful aesthetics of The Baker's Grove. You open the door and your eyes are immediately drawn to the immense beauty of all of the baked goods behind the glass. Then, you see everyone in the back through the large glass window hard at work to bring you these said baked goods. As I moved from right to left, there were cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, scones, almond croissants, macaroons, brownies, ham and cheese croissants, chocolate croissants, a Bundt cake, brioche buns and more. They almost looked fake they were so beautiful.
I ordered the cinnamon roll, brownie, Boston cream "donut", but more like work of art, and chocolate croissant. They were boxed up and I made my way into a cute area across from The Baker's Grove with wooden picnic tables surrounded by a legitimate garden that a woman was pruning. It was kind of like, heaven? I plopped by butt down on a semi dry picnic table as Billabong was bringing out their sale items for the holiday weekend.
My first bite was the Boston cream. Now, this is not any old Boston cream. It was a soft, pillowy cloud with cream spotted with fresh vanilla topped with a hard shell of chocolate. One bite, boom, amazing. The quality is just amazing. The chocolate, true perfection. Next, the chocolate croissant, I cracked it open from the center and noticed the two rows of chocolate. It was buttery, just as a croissant should be. I would recommend warming it up at home prior to eating. The brownie was just as delicious as it looked. Thick, but not too thick. Great cocoa flavor and the perfect texture. As many of you know, I grew up on good ole' Cinnabon so my love for anything cinnamon is so real. The cinnamon roll was perfectly glazed with a white icing, the perfect amount. I took a bite, right at the end of the roll. It was melt in your mouth. The perfect amount of icing, the perfect amount of cinnamon, perfect, perfect, perfect.
The Baker's Grove is located at 524 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ, 07702
Instagram - @thebakersgrove
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