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Holiday Treats: The Best Local Bakeries in the Mercer County Area

Treat your guests this holiday season to some of New Jersey’s finest baked goods and cuisine! Take a step back from the oven, spend more time with your family and leave the cooking and baking to the pros. Whether you need some inspiration for Thanksgiving or are looking ahead to hosting friends and family for Hanukkah or Christmas, we’ve got you covered. You provide the company and the laughs and we’ll provide the full bellies and the smiles. Everybody knows that great hosts know great food. 

 
If you’re looking to add some sophistication to your dining room table, consider Main Street Catering in Princeton. Experience what it would be like to have your own personal chef this holiday season! You won’t have to lift a finger. They have an all-new Thanksgiving catering menu that is as close to perfection as you can get. Take a peek here, you’ll be glad you did. 
 
 
You could travel all the way to France for a delectable croissant, or you could simply visit the Little Chef Pastry Shop in Princeton. This place is a hidden gem. With an assortment of elegant cakes, tarts and desserts, including Crème Brule, éclairs and Paris Brest, you cannot go wrong with your holiday party desserts. Now what is Paris Brest, you might ask? Let’s just say it’s a must have dessert on your table. It’s a French pastry shaped like a wheel and filled with smooth hazelnut cream. It also looks very festive! 
 
 
The Gingered Peach Bakery in Lawrenceville is truly something to be thankful for this holiday season. Their baked goods are made from scratch with the best ingredients around. You could customize your own cake in a hundred different ways. Choose your cake and frosting flavors, fruity fillings, or pick from one of their favorite creations. You cannot go wrong. They also have a great deal of cupcakes, buns and pies to choose from! Treat your sweet tooth; it’s the best time of year to do so.  
 
 
Ever heard of a 100% gluten-free bakery? Well, now you have. And you know the best part? You won’t even taste the difference. Wildflour Bakery & Café in Lawrenceville offers special order cakes to your liking and sweet and savory crepes for a twist on traditional dessert. They also offer cooking classes so you can impress your guests with some delicious treats of your own!
 
 
Hopewell is home to The Brick Farm Marketa staple for Jersey locals. You are probably more familiar with their salads, sandwiches and fresh meats, but a visit to their bakery will bring you back in time and make you long for your grandmothers’ baking. They use the highest quality ingredients and are proud to bake their cookies, pies and breads fresh everyday. They understand the importance of using the right type of yeast and flour in crafting their breads, and enjoy creating flavors that compliment the seasons. They also offer a Thanksgiving menu that you can order from and have their delicious cuisine on your own table for your guests to enjoy. With a wide assortment of hors d’oeuvres, breads, sides, turkey, ham and desserts, your mouth will be watering from just looking at the menu. In case you’re already curious about it, I’ll leave it here for you, since it is the season of giving.  http://bit.ly/1kzqmag 
 
The Princeton Online team weighed in with some other places they love to go for local, baked goods:

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