The Dough Hook - Sweet Cupcakes and Crusty Bread

The Dough Hook is the county's newest bakery located at 5853 Sacramento Ave in Dunsmuir. I finally got down there after lunch with my friend Lindsay Hanley at The Wheel House we walked next door to The Dough Hook to check them out. I enjoyed speaking with Jennifer Garcia about her and husband Marc's journey from growing up in South Siskiyou County to opening the bakery. After graduating from Mount Shasta High School they moved to Portland to attend school getting degrees in bakery management and culinary arts. Their goal was to get the education needed to return home and open a bakery. They have begun living their dreams! 

Jennifer told me they have many goals for expanding their menu offerings, but right now they are going to move forward as they are able, making wise business decisions so they can be successful in the long haul. Right now it's just Jennifer and Marc doing all the work. He bakes the breads and she makes the cakes. They also sell croissants, pastries and coffee. 

Cinnamon Rolls! need I say more? They are large enough to share.

Cinnamon Rolls! need I say more? They are large enough to share.

Three Seed French Style Baguette - crusty on the outside - soft in the middle

Three Seed French Style Baguette - crusty on the outside - soft in the middle

The Three Seed French Style Baguette was crusty on the outside and soft an chewy in the middle. I ate it with a little butter and it satisfied my love of crusty bread. Marc is the bread maker and has perfected this French style recipe. He also makes an Olive Chibatta Bread and a Challah that has become quite popular. All good reasons to stop by and try something new.

Cupcakes...Carrot with frosting and a walnut, Lemon with buttercream frosting and Chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Cupcakes...Carrot with frosting and a walnut, Lemon with buttercream frosting and Chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting.

I bought three cupcakes to sample, Carrot Cake, Lemon and Chocolate. My daughter and 'Teacher Chris’ shared the cupcakes for dessert. Our favorite was the carrot cake, but it's also one of our favorite cakes. We agreed the lemon cupcake was moist and lemony, but the frosting was a little too buttery and could have been sweeter. That didn't stop us from eating every last crumb. The chocolate cupcake was moist and chocolatey. This nice thing about all of the cupcakes is that they weren't overly sweet, I appreciate that they are moist flavorful cakes. The cupcakes and cakes are all gracefully decorated. They will make custom order cakes and personalize them for birthdays and other celebrations.

The Dough Hook is only going to get big better as this young couple gets the support of the community to grow their business and perfect their recipes. I am looking forward to my next trip to The Dough Hook!

Dunsmuir Brewery Works - Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Dunsmuir Brewery Works - Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Opps! I was really hungry and dug into my sandwich and ate the entire salad forgetting to take the picture first. As you can see I barely touched the German Grose. That's how hungry I was! It was very good!

Opps! I was really hungry and dug into my sandwich and ate the entire salad forgetting to take the picture first. As you can see I barely touched the German Grose. That's how hungry I was! It was very good!

One of my favorite eateries in South Siskiyou County is the Dunsmuir Brewery Works. When I ate there about a month ago, I had a burger to go and a beer while I waited. I told myself I would order the Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich the next time I went. When DBW first opened they didn’t even have a burger on their menu so I usually ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was always a flavorful sandwich that I wanted to eat again. I went south on Sunday with a friend and remembered that I wanted to order the pork sandwich. It was even better than I recalled. The meat was cooked nicely with nice smokey BBQ flavor. I think they add caramelized onions that sweeten and enrich the BBQ sauce.

My friend had the Seafood Louie Salad with trout that the brewery folks smoke on-site. My friend said the salad was “perfectly dressed with the perfect amount of dressing.” I can agree with that. When eating out I often order dressing on the side to avoid having a salad drowning in dressing. At DBW for the side I ordered a green salad with tomato vinaigrette dress. The salad is made with spring greens, long green beans and it had the perfect amount of dressing on it.

The beer menu had many interesting options. To accompany my sandwich I had the German Gose beer, which was refreshing crisp with citrus undertones...delicious! They change their ale style brew along with seasons offering lighter crisper beers in the summer and heavier beers in the winter.

They make their own root beer and offer root beer floats for a summer treat.

Dunsmuir Brewery Works is a family owned and operated micro-brew pub serving very tasty food in the charming historic district of downtown Dunsmuir. Their menu focuses on lunch and dinners with daily specials. There is live music most weekends. The venue is family friendly, even the patio is dog friendly. During the summer they are open 7 days a week.

Read my interview with owners Aaron Greener and David Clarno and get their recipe for their Warm German Style Potato Salad