We are thrilled to announce a new column, Bobbie’s Kitchen! Written by Bobbie Lloyd, Magnolia Bakery’s “Chief Baking Officer,” the column will feature baking tips, a behind-the-scenes look at new Magnolia Bakery products and share insights from Bobbie’s life in the kitchen – whether she’s busy whipping up something at the bakery or making one of her famous apple pies for her family.
Here’s a bit about Bobbie.
Where did you grow up?
I’m a Midwestern girl through and through. Born in Chicago, raised in Elgin, Illinois. My Midwestern roots run deep as generations of our family on both sides were pioneers.
When did you know you loved baking?
From baking with my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother I developed a love of being in the kitchen. Whether it was picking grapes to make jam with my Mom or picking rhubarb in the early days of spring you could always find me in the kitchen eager to roll some pie dough. When my mom went to work full time when I was eight years old, I became a key kid and offered my services to get the family dinner started when I got home from school.
Did you always know you wanted baking to be part of your career?
I knew that food would be some part of my career, but I didn’t know what direction I would take until I went to culinary school and began working in restaurants. I was fortunate enough to work for some wonderful places in my early days.
How did you get involved with Magnolia Bakery?
Steve Abrams (Magnolia Bakery’s CEO) and I were partners in two other operations, Soup to Nuts Catering and It’s a Wrap, NYC’s first wrap sandwich and smoothie restaurant. It was a seamless transition to come together with Magnolia Bakery
What’s your favorite dessert of all time?
Pie, I love PIE!
Every kind of pie. Pie is like my own nirvana. I love cream pie, fruit pies, open pies, hand pies – you name it, I love it.
What’s your favorite Magnolia Bakery recipe you’ve created?
Over the years I have introduced more and more pie recipes. I would have to say these as a whole are my favorite. My favorite single item right now is the coconut cream pie and the sea salt caramel chocolate chunk cookie.
What are some exciting recipes you’re working on now?
Coconut cream pie, ice cream sandwiches, more hand pies and open face pies (Crostadas).
Stay tuned for more delicious posts from our CBO!