Cheryl and Griffith Day sure found a sweet way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Savannah sweet spot, Back In the Day Bakery. The couple lovingly picked from their tried-and-true recipes for The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook and packed it with generous helpings of tips. Chock-full of decadent desserts and childhood treats from Peach Cobbler Muffins to ‘Nana Puddin’, the book goes best with a sweet tooth and cold glass of milk. Fans of the iconic bakery will be delighted to find chapters that cover puddings and custards, cupcakes and cakes, and even confections (think homemade marshmallows and butter mints).
Best of all, the recipes are simple enough to turn even Betty Crocker into a scratch-baking believer. Cheryl and Griff believe there is a “method to the magic” and cover baking fundamentals from creaming butter to measuring flour. No longer limited to selling their stuff in their retro-whimsical bakery, the Days can be sure that batches of their homespun desserts will soon be cooling in kitchens all over the South.
Last week, the pair stopped by The Alabama Booksmith to sign copies of their book and came bearing gifts: Old-Fashioned Cupcakes and Lavender Shortbread. For Cheryl, the book tour marked a return to Alabama where she spent her childhood summers and first baked the life-changing Chocolate Heaven cake with her grandma Hannah. She and Griff share more of their favorite food memories in the pages of their cookbook.
So what’s on the busy bakers’ dessert plate this summer? Cheryl says she’ll be having blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream while Griffith says his favorite summer treats are strawberry cupcakes with fresh berries.
Cheryl and Griff have seven more Southern-city stops on their book tour. Get a taste of their new book and baked goods in a city near you. (And check out a mention of them in our April issue, page 22.)
April 13, 5 p.m.
Square Books, Oxford, MS
April 14, 10 a.m
Viking Cooking School, Greenwood, MS
April 14, 4 p.m.
TurnRow Books Company, Greenwood, MS
April 20, 7:30 p.m
Quail Ridge Book, Raleigh, NC
April 21, 2 p.m.
McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro, NC
April 26, 5 p.m.
The Paris Market, Savannah, GA
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Atlanta, GA
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