Pittsburgh’s highly-anticipated boozy bakery, Prohibition Pastries, has been open for a couple of months and now, they’re ready to celebrate! The pastry shop will be hosting their grand opening celebration on Friday, June 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Stop in and enjoy over 12 hours of special deals on cupcakes and cookies!
Prohibition Pastries is nestled between Renyold’s Motor Co., and the Frick Park Market, on Reynolds Street in Point Breeze. In addition to serving the brand’s signature imbibed treats, Prohibition Pastries is a bakery for the neighborhood.
“I’ve spent the past year doing recon, and trying to get a sense of what the neighborhood wants,” say owner Eliza Bowman. “There will be some coffee, and of course cookies, cupcakes, and whole cakes to go. Everyone has been asking about bread, so we will have, that too. I do make Steak and Stouts pies, pot pies, and breakfast stuff. The savory pies will be fresh, but frozen to take home for meals. I’ll also have my Barleywine Pretzels. I’m really going to gauge the community after we open. We will see what is in demand.”
The bakery gets its namesake from the fact that Bowman cooks with liquors like whiskey, gin, and rum, as opposed the traditional vanilla extract (which, she says, people forget is 35-40% alcohol). While the actual alcohol burns off in the baking, the subtleties of the liquor remain, and the treats have a unique flavor.
“Alcohol is really an incredible flavor holder. Craft alcohols have so many flavors that enhance the pastry instead of just vanilla, which can overpower everything. For example, a craft gin has a lot of botanicals that bring out some floral or nutty flavors, instead of just covering everything with vanilla,” says Bowman.
Because the alcohol burns off, all treats are safe to serve to children. However, if a customer is looking for something stronger (for an event or bachelorette party) Bowman can make cakes with a “soaked layer,” that will provide a twang of something stronger.
Be sure to stop in and try some of the treats like the “Blackstrap’s Booty,” a Chocolate Stout cake topped with a stout-infused vanilla buttercream, or the “Whisper of Whiskey,” a chocolate or vanilla cupcake with a whiskey dulce de leche center. In the past Bowman has made season treats like the “Rumpkin,” and the “Chocolate Cherry Stout”
Prohibition Pastries takes custom orders, and caters events. The shop is open Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information about the party can be found online.
Prohibition Pastries (7105 Reynolds Street)