One of the great success stories among local retail bakeries is Montclair Bread Company. Despite its name, the bakery is most known for its signature donuts. In fact, owner Rachel Wyman has described the business as “a bread bakery with a donut addiction.”
Nine months after Wyman opened Montclair Bread Company in 2012, business was stale. She made the risky decision to focus on doughnuts, one that has paid off greatly. With customers lining up around the block for these doughnuts, the business flourished. Now, Wyman is sharing her success story in a new book, to be released on October 26.
Will Run For Doughnuts: The Montclair Bread Company Cookbook spotlights the recipes, traditions and tales of how the popular New Jersey bakery started as a tiny, hole in the wall but became a pillar of resilience for the community during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The book shares the tried-and-true recipes Wyman spent three decades perfecting that are now the backbone of her bakery. They organized into categories such as Childhood Favorites, Breads, Doughnuts, Community Favorites and Recipes from Quarantine. Some of the recipes include Mombo's Carrot Cake and Cowboy Cookies; Sour Dough Bread and Stollen; Classic Brioche Doughnuts with Variations; Toppings, and Glazes; Pizza and Energy Bars; and, Cheese Crackers and Bagels.
“Years in the making – I am thrilled beyond words (and scared and nervous and anxious) to see this book go to print,” says Wyman. “Along with all of my most favorite recipes, it includes deeply personal stories about the path that led me here – to this incredible community.”