Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Bennison's Bakery!
We will be open Tuesday, December 23rd our regular hours, 6 AM to 7 PM, and on Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24th from 7 AM to 3 PM. We will be closed on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th. We ask that you order any Christmas items you would like on these days at least 24 hours in advance, either by calling the store at 847-328-9434 or just dropping by to place an order.
Bennison's Gingerbread Houses
It just isn't Christmas without a gingerbread house. Made from real gingerbread, and available either already iced and decorated for $34.95 or as a kit that includes everything but the icing for $21.95.
Below you can watch how the houses are put together from start to finish!
An all butter German Christmas treat loaded with rum soaked raisins, lemon and orange peel, cracked almonds and filled with marzipan. After baking it's coated with melted butter and rolled in vanilla sugar. Striving to create the most authentic Weihnachtsstollen possible, we use a spice blend from an artisan spice mill in Darmstadt, Germany. The powdered sugar we dust them with comes from Volklingen, Germany. Even the pans our Stollen is baked in are German, made in Miedelsbach. Two sizes, small (pictured) for $12.99 and large for $18.99.
A truly decadent Christmas tradition. The Croquenbouche, which means "crunch in the mouth" in French, is made from flaky profiteroles filled with Grand Marnier pastry cream, stacked using pure caramel as a "glue", then draped with delicate strings of sugar. Almost too pretty to eat, the Croquenbouche is perfect as both a centerpiece and a dessert. The left image is our smallest size, using 28 profiteroles, the Croquenbouche in the image on the right was created out of 112. Prices start at $49 for the 28 profiterole Croquenbouche, and go up by $1.75 per additional profiterole, to any size you'd like.
Buche de Noel (Yule Log)
Our most popular Christmas item, once featured in North Shore Magazine. A chocolate sponge roulade filled with chocolate praline mousse and iced with our homemade fudge icing, finished with St. Nick and meringue mushrooms. The large Yule log (left) serves 12 to 16 people and is $34.95 while the mini single-serving version (below) is $4.29.
Brandied Fruit Cake
All butter fruit cake batter, rich with almond paste, laced with whole red and green cherries, white raisins, and pecans. We bake each one in a paper-lined wooden mold imported from France. A small cake is $12.95 and a large cake is $22.95. This one's definitely meant to be eaten, not just bought and forgotten about until next Christmas!
Handmade Snowman Cupcake
Our master decorator, Efrain Tirado, first takes a classic chocolate or yellow cupcake. He tops it with buttercream icing, then a freshly baked donut hole. Melted white chocolate is poured over top, quickly hardening into a familiar snowman shape. Each individual cupcake is then hand decorated, adding a face, hat, scarf and buttons. A truly sweet treat from start to finish, where else but Bennison's can you find a cupcake, a donut and white chocolate combined into something almost too cute to eat. Each cupcake is $4.99, and they're available in chocolate or yellow cake.
Pfeffernuss (Pepper Nuts)
A recipe that Helmut Bennison smuggled out of Germany in the heel of his shoe back in the late 1800’s. Well, not really, but it is authentic German Lebkuchen. We purchase the spices from a mill in Germany, carefully mix them with honey, ground diced fruit and ground almonds. After baking they are sprinkled with cognac and rolled in confectioner’s sugar. Sold in a 9 ounce bag for $6.39.
Zimtsterne - Cinnamon Stars
A traditional German Christmas confection, Zimtsterne are cinnamon-almond cookies with a sweet glazed top. Sold in packages of 15 cookies for $7.49 and tied with a bow.
A German cookie with roots going back to the 14th century, the name Springerle means "little jumper" or "little knight". Made with anise seed, each cookie has a sweet liquorice flavor. The cold dough is rolled into a mold, then hand-pressed with a metal plate. The cookies are allowed to leaven and dry overnight, preserving the impression when baked. Sold in decorative bags for $7.49
Christmas Tea Cookies:
Our delicious butter cookies in a variety of stars, trees and other Christmas designs and colors. We have 6.5 ounce packages for $4.90,, one pound packages (pictured) are $14.95, 20 ounce packages are $18.95, two pound packages are $27.90, and three pound packages are $43.95.
Large Christmas Cookies
Bells, stars, and tree butter cookies, all sprinkled with colored sugar. $1.27 each.
Christmas Petit Fors
French pastry confections, three layers of vanilla genoise filled with strawberry preserves and French buttercreme. Coated in white chocolate and hand decorated with buttercreme piping. $2.01 each.
Our Pumpkin Pie recipe has remained unchanged since 1938. We use fresh milk, evaporated milk, fresh eggs, honey and a special blend of spices. No milk powder, glucose or starches here! We also use a secret baking technique that makes our pies extra special. Available in 8" for $10.99 and 9" for $12.99, our Pumpkin Pie is made and baked fresh the day you order it, never prepared in advanced or frozen.
French Silk Pie
Pure bittersweet chocolate, butter, fresh eggs & real vanilla. We make a special chocolate crust for this one! Topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Decadent and perfect for any chocolate lover. Available in 8" for $10.99
Sweet Potato Pie
First we boil ‘em, then we mash ‘em. Fresh sweet potatoes, brown sugar, evaporated milk and butter... lots of butter. The mix is spiced lightly with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, then baked in our own homemade crust. Available in 8" for $10.99 and 9" for $12.99.
Other pies we will have available include:
Freshly peeled and sliced Fuji and Granny Smith apples, brown sugar & cinnamon, baked inside flaky pie pastry, topped with a sugared pastry crust. 8" for $10.99 and 9" for $11.99
Sack Apple Pie
Freshly peeled and sliced Fuji and Granny Smith apples, cinnamon & butter all put together in our own pie crust, sealed in a paper bag, and baked…a long slow “steam” bake. The closest to a homemade pie available anywhere! 8" for $10.99.
Georgia pecan halves, honey, butter, eggs and vanilla baked in our flaky homemade pie crust. A true holiday favorite. 8" for $12.99 and 9" for $16.99.
Apples, raisins, diced fruit, applesauce and a hint of pineapple gives this pie its unique flavor. 8" for $9.99 and 9" for $11.99.
Rum Egg-Nog Pie
Real “Meyer’s Dark Rum”, egg yolks, whipped cream, fresh grated nutmeg, all in a graham cracker crust. Just one size, an 8" for $9.99.
Breads and Pastries
White raisins, cut green and red cherries, walnuts, and flavored with cracked cardamom seed. Truly a Bennison’s specialty. Perfect straight from the toaster, or as a sweet and spicy French Toast on Christmas morning. Loaves are $5.49.
Organic Miche: Our miche is made with 100% certified organic wheat flour. We bake it in large 5 pound loaves in our brick oven. Using this type of flour and using sourdough yeast as leavening, we’ve re-created the same loaf folks ate centuries ago. A full loaf is $18.00, or $4.50 per quarter.
Scones: Made with all butter and buttermilk, these sweet delicacies are loaded with apricots, cranberries, dates, and raisins. Available in plain and raspberry-filled for $1.52 each.
Created to the strictest of French standards, these pastries are made by hand and intended to melt in your mouth. Using all butter, nothing less, they are available plain, or filled with almond, chocolate, or ham & cheese. Mini Croissants are sold by the dozen for $11.99, the half-dozen for $5.99, regular sized plain croissants are $2.01 each, and filled croissants are $2.99 each.
Raisin Rye Bread: Adapting and modifying a recipe originally made by Certified Master Baker Jory Downer, Certified Journeyman Baker Luminita Cirstea created a Raisin Rye bread that took Grand Prize honors in the Artisan category at the First Annual Cailfornia Raisin Board’s America’s Best Raisin Bread Contest in 2008. We are proud to call Lumi one of our bakers, and to carry the award winning bread she created. Loaves are $5.49.
Christmas Tree Coffee Cake: We use a rich sweet dough topped with our own “Nut Kuchen” topping, made with butter, pecans, coconut, and honey. Decorated with red and green cherry ornaments. One coffee cake will serve about 10 people, and costs $7.00.
Cardamom Coffee Cake: Rich sweet yeast dough, blended with honey and fresh-milled cardamom. An old Swedish specialty, one strip is $7.00.
Florentines: Our signature item. Sliced blanched almonds, sugar, butter & honey mixed together and baked to toast the almonds, then cooled and dipped in chocolate. Sold for $15.95 per pound.
$4.29 per dozen
Seeded knot & plain round
Traditional rich egg dough. Knots are topped with either poppy or sesame seeds. They are bagged 4 plain and 4 of each seed. The plain round are perfect for mini turkey sandwiches.
A blend of Durum wheat, golden raisins and whole fennel seeds. A true Manhattan icon, both sweet and savory together.
We blend organic rye and whole wheat flours, sesame seeds, flax seeds, millet, oatmeal & cracked rye. We bake it in a “squareish” shape with a floury outside.
Organic rye flour and coarse rye meal, whole caraway seed, diced onions and a hint of molasses. A rich, hearty old world classic.
Rich egg dough sweetened with honey and loaded with butter.