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By Jamie Nunnelly Jamie Nunnelly is a communications professional and is currently working for the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) in RTP. She also writes a restaurant review blog called the Tarheel Eater at http://www.tarheeleater.com

The Phoenix Bakery: An Oasis Of Sweetness In Pittsboro

By Jamie Nunnelly Posted February 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

All this cold weather is making me crave some sweets. I want a nice, warm breakfast roll to give me a little comfort. Top that off with a fresh, steaming hot cup of Counter Culture coffee. Time to go visit Phoenix Bakery in downtown Pittsboro.

Owners Jodi and Landon Hackney

Owners Jodi and Landon Hackney

Owner Jodi Hackney has created an inviting oasis on Hillsboro Street. Her creative concoctions use as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. I recently chatted with her about what made her decide to start her business in Pittsboro.

Her cakes are true creations of art. Jodi has a very creative mind and has made cakes such as a tea pot cake, a Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake, and many more. I have not had the privilege to eat a cake yet, but love the cookies, doughnuts, buns and scones!

Pirates Cake (Courtesy of Phoenix Bakery)

Neverland Pirates Cake (Courtesy of The Phoenix Bakery)

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Teapot Cake (Photo courtesy of The Phoenix Bakery)

I like to go by the bakery and see what new items are in the display case. The last time I went, I had the orange cranberry bun. The dough was thick and chewy, and it resembled a big cinnamon bun. The tart cranberries were tempered by the sweet glaze. Yum! I also tried a lemon biscotti. The biscotti was nice and firm, but still flaky and had enough moistness that you could even eat it without dunking it in coffee. The lemon was fresh and tart, but not overwhelming.

Orange Cranberry Bun

Orange Cranberry Bun

Jodi told me that most of their ingredients are purchased at local farms and nearby businesses. The bakery changes what they make according to the season, so even though you may not always be able to get your favorite pumpkin cream doughnut in the Spring, you know it will be back again in the Fall.

The Phoenix Bakery has only been open since the end of June, but has a very faithful following by many people and has quickly become an integral part of the fabric of downtown Pittsboro. I know next time I need a special cake, I’ll be ordering one from Jodi!

The Phoenix Bakery is located at 84 Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro, NC. They are open Monday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can like their Facebook page to find out about specials. To read more about The Phoenix Bakery, check out my blog, Tarheel Eater.com.

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