Where to find the best bakery treats in Chicago September, 2014
From an Evanston bakery making great bread to ethnic spots serving cookies and other treats, Delightful Pastries is one of the 10 best Chicago bakeries.
Many of Delightful’s devotees swear by the Polish-inflected specialties, such as bismarck-like paczki and rum-soaked babka, which appear on its shelves each year in the lead-up to Easter. And to be sure, these items are winners, but there’s more to this shop than a few seasonal treats.
“Best Coffee Shops To Work From Home In Chicago”September, 2014
"A great little escape in the middle of Old Town, Delightful Pastries’ name actually doesn’t say it all because there’s also free WiFi, around eight tables and a long counter at which to work and the menu is delightful. Expect fresh-baked pastries and bread; breakfast items like omelets, eggs Benedict, carrot cake, pancakes and quiche; salads, sandwiches, soup and even fresh pierogis. Try getting that at your corporate coffee stop. You can find a table and really settle in for the day, with enough variety to keep you satisfied and motivated to work.
-- CBS Chicago (Best Of section in the Food & Drink category)
“If you are looking for a little taste of heaven”July, 2014
-- Explore The Fork by Stone Siegel
There’s Still Time For Paczki! March, 2014
"I made the trek on Saturday to Delightful Pastries in Jefferson Park to satisfy my annual pączki fix. I almost didn’t go, but was determined get out of the house. The power of powdered sugar is greater than powdered snow. Am I right? (...)"
Paczki Day Celebration Today Chicago February 28, 2014
Jelly doughnuts will be showing up all over Chicago today as we celebrate the first of two pre-lenten Paczki Days in our city. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Monica Eng and Louisa Chu explore why Chicago gets to celebrate this doughnut laden holiday twice.
Paczki Making At Delightful Pastries February 26, 2014
"We spent a lovely morning with Dobra Bielinski at Delightful Pastries in Chicago. Dobra and her crew were busy making the Polish specialty paczki. Paczki Day is celebrated Fat Thursday in Poland and on Fat Tuesday in the United States. Stop by Delightful Pastries early for the best selection."
-- Food Travelist
They’re Polish and Full of Moonshine February 26, 2014
Three reasons to eat paczki next week: Casimir Pulaski Day. Fat Tuesday. Paczki Day. Three reasons to eat the paczki at Delightful Pastries next week: Moonshine. Vodka. Irish whiskey. All of which will be lacing the custards in their paczki. Settled: You’re buying the office Polish donuts.
-- The Weekender
Paczki Gets Into the Ring this WeekFebruary 24, 2014
If you love donuts but need a holiday to enjoy them, this is your week to enjoy paczki, the Polish raised donut filled with fruit or custard (sometimes even infused with booze!) and topped with powdered sugar or whipped cream.
Paczki at Delightful Pastries in Chicago February 26, 2014
Wait, what? You don't know what pączki are? I'm flabbergasted! Any card-carrying Chicagoan is required to know what pączki and Pączki Day are. After all, didn't Ditka call us a bunch of Grabowskis? I wear the moniker proudly.
Delightful Pastries Celebrates Paczki Day & a New Brunch MenuFebruary 26, 2014
Upon entering Delightful Pastries, located on Wells St. in Old Town, you are greeted by countless flattering sweets. But in the midst of the eclairs, carrot cakes, fruit tarts, danishes, and pistachio shortbread cookies, Delightful keeps things fresh by incorporating seasonal items. Being that it is almost Fat Tuesday, Delightful is starring a famous Polish dessert: Paczki's.
Delightful Pastries Treats A Welcome Addition to Your Valentine's Menu February 4, 2014
February is the perfect time to celebrate great pastries and Delightful Pastries with its three Chicago area locations (Old Town, Chicago French Market and Jefferson Park) is your go-to spot for picking up gifts that are sure to please your significant other.
Delightful Pastries is being named one of the best shopping destinations in Chicago by ZAGATDecember , 2013
"The name hits the nail on the head" at this European-style bakery set in Jefferson Park, Old Town and the Loop's French Market where a "lovely staff" serves up "beautiful", "melt-in-your-mouth" pastries, cakes, cookies and more; "amazing breakfast sandwiches" and savory lunch bites supplement the sweets.
While we could have listed more of our favorites we decided to narrow our picks for the best bakeries in Chicago to an even dozen.
(...) Delightful Pastries made Chicagoist's lists of the best doughnuts in Chicago on the strength of their paczki but their exceptional baking goes beyond Polish doughnuts. They also make outstanding breads, danishes, cookies, cakes and other sweets. Try a slice of their marble pound cake with a cup of piping hot black coffee. Delightful Pastries also offers baking classes so you can improve your skills at home. —Chuck Sudo
Delightful Pastries: An Enjoyable Healthy Eating Experience in ChicagoOctober 25, 2013
Is it at all possible to combine the words "nutritious" and "bakery" into a single sentence? Believe it or not, it is!
(...) I was pleased to discover that Delightful Pastries uses premium ingredients in all their preparations in an effort to boost the overall nutritional quality of foods that would otherwise be quite unhealthy.
-- Complete Health Solutions, L3C by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin
Paczki Day in Chicago: Polish tradition, Fat Tuesday IndulgenceFebruary 12, 2013
-- ABC 7 News
Lunchbreak: How to make ‘drunkin donuts’February 17, 2013
-- 190 North
Alcoholic Donuts? Chicago Bakery Delightful Pastries Serves Up Booze-Filled Treats November 15, 2012
-- The Huffington Post
Let Us Now Praise Paczki February 15, 2012
Before Fat Tuesday, there was Fat Thursday. Not in an historical sense— it's just that tomorrow is Polish Fat Tuesday, Tlusty Czwartek, and the Sun-Times has a piece on one
of the things that makes living in a heavily Polish city cool— paczki.
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Around the World in Cookies December 6, 2011
Luckily, there are pleasantly ubiquitous traditions that are a delight to welcome back every December. For most families, holiday cookie baking is the prime example. (...)
At Delightful Pastries in Jefferson Park, owner Dobra Bielinski has made it her mission to stock the retro bakery cases with as many types of globally inspired cookies as she can. After a childhood spent in Poland, Vienna and South Africa, Bielinski has acquired a distinctly international approach to holiday treats. (...)
Delightful Pastries' Delightful Tea October 3, 2011
(...) Chef Dobra Bielinski wants to introduce mini pastries to Americans, since similar sweet tables with selections of almost too-pretty-to-eat pastries are
popular throughout Europe.
“I like mini pastries because they afford you the ability to choose,” she says. For guests at Delightful Pastries, choices include classic Italian tiramisu,
caramel panna cotta with Michigan sour cherry compote, lemon mousse parfait with blueberries and chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries." ... Read more...
-- Amber Gibson
Homemade chocolate treats from Old Town's Delightful Pastry and Bakery CafeSeptember 11, 2011
September 1, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- No need to be a master pastry chef to make scrumptious chocolate treats at home. Chef Dobra Bielinski of Delightful Pastry and Bakery Cafe shares her tricks and recipes to make chocolate truffles, chocolate cream pie and chocolate Liegeois.
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WGN Radio's Saturday Morning Show August , 2011
-- Sharon and Robert
Food Detective: Perfecting Paczki March 1, 2011
"(...) I've had her paczki on several occasions - they're fabulous - and so I asked Bielinski to describe the perfect paczek (pronounced pohn-check, the singular form of paczki).
"The perfect paczek has just the right ratio of dough to jelly: 4 to 1," she says. "The dough is not too sweet and has body so that it doesn't collapse into a pancake with one bite. After frying, it has a gorgeous hazelnut color, not the pale gold of a Krispy Kreme. The doughnut should be subtly flavored with orange and lemon oil." Read more...
-- David Hammond
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More vendors join Chicago French Market lineup October 16, 2009
"Mon dieu! Eight years of developing and delays aside, the Chicago French Market
continues to surpass our expectations, and it's not even opening until mid-November.
The European-inspired, year-round indoor market, which will encompass 15,000 square
feet in the Ogilvie Metra station, has added 16 more local vendors to its roster. They
include Delightful Pastries, whose Fat Tuesday paczki are, for lack of better words, the
-- Janet Fulleron
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Delightful Polish pastries on the NW SideDecember 3, 2008
"CHICAGO (WLS) -- With the holiday season upon us, bakeries are busy, but our Hungry Hound realizes there's much more than just cakes and cookies around town.
Over the next four Wednesdays, the Hungry Hound is taking a unique look at some of the best ethnic bakeries in Chicago...
(...)You wouldn't have to guess too hard to figure out what kind of bakery Delightful Pastries is. Located on the Western edge of Jefferson Park, most of the customers are Polish. But that doesn't mean everything on the shelves is from Poland.
"The bakery is truly a European bakery, because we have products from France, we make products that are
German, we make products that are Austrian, Polish and Czech, and of course American," said Dobra Bielinski, Delightful Pastries." Read more...
-- Steve Dolinsky
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The Polish PatisserieJune 22, 2007
"(… )For nearly a decade, Bielinski has been the proprietress of
Delightful Pastries, a cozy European bakery in Jefferson Park. A onetime employee of Gale Gand, she's meticulous about her food, sourcing fresh ingredients from local producers as much as possible. Her butter and heavy cream come from Wisconsin and Illinois; apples, cherries, blueberries, peaches, rhubarb, and raspberries from small family farms in southwest Michigan; and vegetables form southern Illinois." Read more...
-- Alan Mommoser
** Chicago Reader
Delightful Pastries Comes to Old Town... with ChocolateNovember 16, 2009
"The second outpost of Delightful Pastries, Dobra Bielinski and Stasia Hawyrszczuk's European-inspired enterprise, opened in Old Town last Friday. Unlike the Jefferson Park location, the Old Town space is a cafe that is at once expansive and cozy. It already seemed, early on Sunday morning, to be part of the morning routine of people from the neighborhood who settled in for pastry and coffee with their families and newspapers." Read more...
-- Sharon Bautista
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