Most of Baltimore's bakeries have ethnic origins, with the one of the earliest dating back to 1835 in East Baltimore by German immigrant Henry Berger. He created the sugary-chocolate iced vanilla Berger cookies, a Baltimore cultural icon. Not only are the cookies widely available in grocery stores throughout the metro area, you can even download a Berger cookie emoji for your phone! There are other very old German bakeries in Baltimore, which is no surprise if you know your colonial history. There were so many German immigrants in the city, the primary language spoken down by what is now the Inner Harbor was German!
Baltimore's other immigrants from around the world have influenced the crispy, crunchy and tender baked goods available in the city. Whether you explore the exotic Asian baked offerings at La Boulangerie or the classic French elegance of Patisserie Poupon, you'll quickly see that Baltimore's culinary scene is growing in global sophistication.
Baltimore is too far south to have adopted New England's steamed and cooled brown breads and a little too north to have really have taken to the hot cornbread served at dinner in the Deep South. But the city has its own traditional flavors that families cherish and enjoy to this day. Keep your eyes open in Baltimore for beaten biscuits, a primitive cold biscuit first made on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Much like hardtack straight out of the bag, try heating these lard-based biscuits with a little butter and honey!
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