Baker's Corner

The Baker's Corner: where we share with you the best baking secrets, recipes, sales, specials, strategies, events, tricks of the trade, stories, memories, and most of all lots of warmth and laughter. Why? Because we have always believed that like crafting quality food and bread, running a family-business is about creating moments and traditions to be enjoyed.

Tiramisu: A Winter Pick-me-up

As winter wears on, we all search for a much needed pick-me-up. May we suggest tiramisu?

This popular Italian dessert blends the rich flavors of cocoa and espresso with mascarpone cheese, all layered with lady-fingers. Tiramisu translates quite literally to "pick-me-up."

The name carries two legends. The first is that the rich espresso in this dessert provides anyone a much needed pick-me-up. The second is that the legendary splendor of this Italian delicacy causes its consumer to swoon and thus, cry out "pick-me-up!" Here at Sunrise, we would like to add a third: that in the monotony of a late Minnesotan winter, this favorite Italian dessert provides that much needed pick-me-up to get us through the winter! 

Sunrise carries Tiramisu year around. It frequents our bakery as a weekly special and is available for special order at anytime and in all sizes. To treat your dinner, holiday or party guests to this favorite, call us to special order. Or follow our recipe below to create this sensation yourself.


2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup water 

4 large egg yolks

1/2 t. vanilla

9 ounces mascarpone

4-6 T. dark rum

1 cup heavy cream

6 ounces Italian ladyfingers

1/3 cup espresso coffee 

3 ounces dark sweet chocolate, grated

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water, bring to a boil, stirring over medium heat. Continue to boil, brushing down the sides of the pan with a brush dipped in cold water, until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F., or it reaches the soft-ball stage.

In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the yolks until they are combined, then add the sugar syrup in a stream. Beat until cool. Beat in the vanilla. In a bowl, whisk the mascarpone and rum until smoothe. In another bowl, beat the heavy cream until it holds soft peaks. Combine the egg mixture with the mascarpone. Fold in the heavy cream.

Line a six-cup serving dish with the ladyfingers and drizzle the espresso over them. Spoon in the mascarpone mixture, smoothing the top, and chill, covered with plastic wrap, for at least three hours.

Before serving, sprinkle the top with the grated chocolate. 

Enjoy & trust that Spring will eventually come!


It's coming... Valentine's Day

Amidst the dead and darkness of winter, we all need something to inspire us, to rejuvenate us from the cold and remind us that spring will come! So, let us turn to February 14th: the day of love, a day of giving. The day we all step back, breathe and remember how good this life really is, that we got a lot of love in it and a lot of love to give.

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day here at Sunrise? For one-hundred plus years we have always believed that this business isn't just about crafting quality, preservative-free goods, but it's also about creating moments, memories and traditions to be treasured. We hope to be part of your tradition this Valentine's Day. And what better tradition to begin than sending your favorite Sunrise goodies, with customized Valentine's Day wrapping and a card, to the ones you love?

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So, we are sharing with you, first, our upcoming specials. On January 31, 2014, we are kicking off the season with an online special of buy one pack of biscotti and get one free. Our scrumptious biscotti comes in ten varieties and is perfect for dunking in your favorite cold weather, warm beverage or your favorite vin santo. Enter coupon code: SHOPVDAY at check-out.

February 1st-5th, we are offering 20% off site wide. Share the gift of potica with those you love. Use coupon code VDAY2014 at check-out. 

Stay warm, kick your feet up, let this cold weather nourish and replenish your spirit and let us spark a new tradition for you this Valentine's Day.


On the dawning of our second century: thank you.

On the eve of 2014, we say goodbye to our one-hundredth year and prepare to enter our second century. It has been a year of reflection: on what a century means and on the infinite number of customers, employees and memories that filled our first century. We have savored, with awe, both your support and this milestone. And, we are ready for 2014, which we hope to be a year of growth, both locally and nationally, and of fulfilling our promise to you: to bring quality, hand-crafted, preservative free goods to your table. So, one more time, to one-hundred years: Salute! Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you. We enter our second century filled with infinite gratitude. May 2014 bless us all. 


January Special: Pecan Potica, $9.99

Who said New Year's Resolutions couldn't taste good? We didn't! We resolve to bring you good health in 2014: with pecan potica.  All January, this Sunrise favorite is available online for $9.99. 

With this, we kick off our monthly specials. Subscribe to the Baker's Corner, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to stay informed of these specials. Each month we will highlight a Sunrise product and offer it at a special rate. 

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Pecan potica is made with our famous potica dough and filled with a scrumptious combination of pecans, brown sugar and butter. It makes for a slightly sweeter filling than that of our ever popular walnut potica. 

Pecans are rich in vitamins and nutrients needed to support a happy and healthy you. This southern nut is packed with maganese, copper, thiamin, magnesium, fiber, protein and iron. Pecans are shown to promote digestive health, boost heart health, reduce stroke and breast cancer risk, and work as an anti-inflamatory.

And as for the butter and brown sugar....nothing will hurt you in moderation. 

Happy New Year, Happy New Century for us! We look forward to the year and century to come. 

Crafting Potica: A Photo Guide

Potica (po-TEE-tsa) is an Eastern European dessert bread. Its history is rich here on the Iron Range and it may be the item that most defines the Sunrise Bakery.

In the 1960's, Ginny Forti, current co-owner of Sunrise, set out to be the first to commercially market this bread nationally and internationally. So the story goes, Eunice Kennedy visited the Iron Range, tried potica, and declared it to be served at her brother's inaugural celebration, if he was elected. This was confirmation enough of this dessert bread's popularity, to inspire Ginny to market it. And so it all began... Then in the early 1990's, the Los Angeles Times discovered and covered this delicacy, helping to propel our national sales.

In time, potica would become a food that defined both the region and state's culinary scene. In part, our success is due to the complexity of creating this product. Like all our products, we still craft each potica loaf from scratch and by hand. Here is a step-step photo guide:

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As we are about to wrap up another holiday season and our one-hundredth year, we want to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Enjoy the days to come. Stay tuned for more tips in the New Year. What will our one-hundredth and one year bring?

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