America's Best Bakeries

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From Charleston to L.A., these bakeries put a creative, seasonal twist on cupcakes, pies, and cookies.

Tartine Bakery & Café, San Francisco

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While the lines at this Mission District bakery can be an hour long, that hardly detours the fans clamoring to try Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt’s pastries. Inspired by time spent in France, the couple uses only organic ingredients in desserts like a shortbread cookie with kamut, an ancient grain, and local honey. Because the bakery makes small batches throughout the day, Tartine’s doughy croissants laminated in butter can often be enjoyed just out of the oven. Now that’s worth waiting for.

Must-Try Item: Tres Leches Cake made with organic goat’s milk cooked down to a caramel, or cajeta, sweetened coconut milk, and crema. tartinebakery.com

America's Best Bakeries

Tartine Bakery & Café, San Francisco

While the lines at this Mission District bakery can be an hour long, that hardly detours the fans clamoring to try Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt’s pastries. Inspired by time spent in France, the couple uses only organic ingredients in desserts like a shortbread cookie with kamut, an ancient grain, and local honey. Because the bakery makes small batches throughout the day, Tartine’s doughy croissants laminated in butter can often be enjoyed just out of the oven. Now that’s worth waiting for.

Must-Try Item: Tres Leches Cake made with organic goat’s milk cooked down to a caramel, or cajeta, sweetened coconut milk, and crema. tartinebakery.com

Didde Elnif / Flickr
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