Business & Food: Best Pastries for Starting Cafes to Consider

One of the many places people head to for work, to study, to relax, to grab a bite to eat and even to meet up with friends and family are cafes. And what better way to do all that with a side of coffee and a scrumptious snack?

Every cafe isn’t complete without some pastries! So if you’re planning to open up a cafe anytime soon, consider adding some pastries to your menu to pair with your beverage variants! To help you out, below is a list of the best pastries to have for starting cafes:

1 – Croissants

One of the most popular pastries around the world is the flaky and buttery pastry all the way from France–croissants! This is quite the crown favourite and is perfectly paired with iced or hot coffee. And although croissants are delicious as is, there are also different varieties–sweet and savoury.

You can enjoy it with chocolate filling, pistachio, almond paste and many more. For its savoury variants, a popular one to consider is the ham and cheese! You can also serve this with a side of jam or honey. To give you an idea of how croissants are made, here’s a 5 step guide:

Step 1: Make your dough

In a bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and water until a rough dough forms. Work the dough into a smooth ball by kneading it. Give it a half-hour to rest in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Fold in your butter

The dough should be rolled into a rectangle. Fold the dough in an envelope shape around a block of chilled butter that is placed in the centre. After rolling it out once again, fold it into thirds. For thirty minutes, chill.

Step 3: Repeat folding

Fold the dough into thirds after rolling it out once more. Give it another half hour to chill. Two more times through this method, cool in between each fold.

Step 4: Shape out your croissants

The dough should be rolled out into a big rectangle. Cut triangles, then slice each triangle’s base slightly. From the bottom to the tip, tightly roll them up. To get the traditional croissant shape, the curvature of the ends.

Step 5: Then bake!

Arrange the croissants on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Allow to rise for one to two hours at room temperature, or until doubled in size. Before baking the croissants, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are flaky and golden brown.

2 – Muffins 

Another popular pastry to have on your menu is some classic muffins! Muffins are versatile treats that are available in a variety of flavours, such as lemon poppy seed, chocolate chip, blueberry and more. They might be ideal and sought out by customers searching for an easy breakfast or snack option since it’s easy to eat and filling. 

And for cafe owners, this is also quite a treat to make because they are simple to bake and you can make them in big quantities quick and easy. To give you an idea of how easy it is to make some muffins, here are 5 steps:

Step 1: Prepare your batter

Mix the flour/bread flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing dish. Whisk the eggs, milk, and melted butter in another basin. Mixing until just mixed, pour the wet components into the dry ingredients. Avoid overmixing as this might result in thick muffins.

Step 2: Add in anything you’d like to add

To add flavour to your muffins, mix in any other ingredients, such as chocolate chips, berries, nuts, or spices–anything your heart desires.

Step 3: Fill your muffins tins

Grease each cup or use paper liners to line a muffin pan. Spoon the muffin batter into each cup, about two-thirds full, using a spoon or ice cream scoop.

Step 4: Bake!

Turn the oven on to 375°F, or 190°C. When the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick put into the centre comes out clean, remove the full muffin tray from the oven and bake for another 18 to 20 minutes.

Step 5: Let them rest and cool

After taking the muffins out of the oven, let them cool in the muffin tray for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy your warm or room temperature freshly made muffins.

3 – Cookies

Last but not least are cookies! You can’t go wrong with some delicious cookies may it be a classic chocolate chip, an oatmeal cookie or a red velvet! Either way, this pastry is also another crowd favourite and is essential for you to have on your menu!

Cookies are also versatile since they can be prepared with various flavours and toppings! It’s also easy to bake, great paired with coffee (iced or hot) and is also a great treat for a quick snack or on-the-go. To give you an idea of how cookies are made, below are 5 simple steps to consider:

Step 1: Prepare your ingredients

Gather everything you’ll need for the recipe you’ve picked for cookies. Flour, sugar, butter, oil, eggs, baking soda, powder, salt, and any flavourings or additions like chocolate chips, almonds, or dried fruit!

Step 2: Make your dough

Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing basin until they are light and creamy. One egg at a time, adding and thoroughly mixing after each addition. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda or powder, and salt) in another basin. Mixing until a dough forms, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. At this point, incorporate any add-ins—like chocolate chips or nuts—into the dough.

Step 3: Shape out your cookies

Set the oven temperature to the one recommended by the recipe. Use silicone baking mats or parchment paper to line baking sheets. Portion out the cookie dough into rounds using a spoon, cookie scoop, or your hands. Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets that have been preheated, allowing space between them to allow for spreading during baking.

Step 4: Bake!

After preheating the oven, place the baking sheets inside and bake the cookies as directed by the recipe, generally until they are set in the centre and have a golden brown outside. 

Step 5: Let cool and enjoy!

After the cookies are done, take them out of the oven and let rest for a few minutes on the baking sheets before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling. The cookies are ready to eat once they have cooled!   






Writer and market analyst Rachel Marquez has more than 5 years of experience. She specializes in producing beginner-friendly trading techniques, guides, and tips. Also, she recommends FP Markets as the top broker for trading CFDs and forex.

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