Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What I do while you are sleeping....

About two years ago my life was going through a bunch of changes and I decided I needed to make some major improvements. I was no longer happy with my job and knew I needed something different out of my life. I woke up one morning and as my mother and I were headed off to work I looked at her and said, "Mom I want to become a baker." I went back to school fulltime and worked my butt off. I am happy to say that as of 2 months ago I am now a certified baker at Panera Bread in Santa Maria. It's hard work but every night I get to do what I love the most BAKE! I go to work at 10pm and I leave at 6:30am. At first it was really hard to get used to. I was also still working at Michaels for the first 2 months after becoming a baker. I soon realized that wasn't the life for me. I left Michaels to devote all of my time to living my dream of being a baker. I have included some pictures of the products I bake every night... enjoy!
Pictured here are our: French Criossant, Apple Pastry, Chocolate Pastry, Bear Claw, Cobblestone, Cinnamon Roll, Pastry Ring, Cheese Pastry, Carrot Walnut Muffin, Pumpkin Muffin, Cranberry Orange Muffin, Apple Crunch Muffin, and Blueberry Muffin.
M&M Sugar Cookie, Chocolate Chipper, Oatmeal Raisen, Shortbread Cookie, and Orange Scone.
Our souffles: Spinach and Artichoke, Ham & Swiss, Four Cheese and Spinach and Bacon.
Our Bread Wall: XL Sourdough, Sourdough Loaf, Asiago Loaf, Asiago Demi, Sourdough Bowl, Sourdough Roll, Asiago Foccocia, Sea Salt Foccocia, Sesame Loaf, Country Loaf, Rye Loaf, Whole Grain Loaf, Honey Wheat Loaf, White Whole Grain Loaf, Cinnamon Raisen Bread, Ciabatta, Tomato Baisel, Three Cheese Miche, Sesame Miche, French Miche, Country Miche, Rye Miche, Whole Grain Miche.
Our Bagel Wall: Trail Mix Bagel, Jalapeno Cheddar, Asiago, Cinnamon Crunch, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, French Toast, Cinnamon Swirl & Raisen, Whole Grain, Sesame, Everything, and Plain.
Strawberry & Cream Scone, Blueberry Scone, Cinnamon Crunch Scone, Chocolate Chip Muffie, Pumpkin Muffie, Cherry Pastry, Toffee Nut Cookie.
Challah Bread, Three Seed Demi, Three Cheese Demi, Valentine's Heart Cookie, Mint Crinkle Cookie, and Cornbread Muffie.
Everyone makes fun of me for these cookies! I can't stand sloppy frosted cookies! :-)


  1. It all looks delicious! I'm glad you're living your dream:) Is all of this baked from scratch?

  2. It all looks so delicious! Good for you, you're living your dream!
    I must ask, what is your favorite pastry or sweet from Panera Bread?