Sweets with a side of savory
Afood-focused book club lighted the oven for Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga. Ms. Patinkin, who was working for a nonprofit, and Ms. Kulaga, a psychiatry researcher, met through the club and discovered they shared entrepreneurial ambitions. So they started Ovenly, a wholesale bakery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; building on its success over the last two years, they have added a retail store. It opens Friday, and though they turn out red velvet cakes, chocolate chip cookies (bottom photo) and carrot spice cupcakes, most of their specialties offer uncommon flavors. Black olive shortbread, blue cheese-pecan scones, coconut date pistachio coffee cake (top), and a jelly doughnut muffin are all buttery and intriguingly savory-sweet, thanks to a good pinch of salt. Even the chocolate pudding frosting on the blackout cake is salted. The shop has a few seats for those wishing to indulge on the spot, with Stumptown coffee.
Ovenly, 31 Greenpoint Avenue (West Street), Greenpoint, Brooklyn, (347) 689-3608, www.oven.ly. Cakes are $6 a slice ($65 whole); cookies, $2.25; muffins, $3; scones, $3.50; shortbread, $2.50; quiche, $5 a slice; and savory hot tarts (turnovers), $4.50.
PHOTOS (PHOTOGRAPHS BY YANA PASKOVA FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES)
Late Edition – Final
By FLORENCE FABRICANT