Baked on Long Island: The Jelly Dozel at Duck Island Bread Company

We can all use a bakery break now and then. In a world that seems laden with high octane intensity, a sweet treat can go a long way to smooth life’s jagged edges. Fortunately for Long Islanders, we have a wealth of options that allow us to sidestep the rat race for just a moment and savor a simple sweet pleasure.

Long Island is home to scores of bakeries — traditional and post-modern — that offer a haven to renew, revive and enjoy an occasional sugar jolt. Look to “Baked on Long Island” as your recurring guide to getting in touch with the sweeter side of life, exploring treats that are portable, indulgent and even a little outrageous!

Step aside “Cronut.” You’re kind of frou frou. Long Island now has a hand held pastry hybrid all its own that matches our down-to-earth instincts. Duck Island Bread Company in Huntington excels at classic European-style breads, but dabbles in a bit of creative whimsy when it comes to take-out items. The bakery’s newly launched “Jelly Dozel” is a fist-sized pretzel knot filled with a generous shot of raspberry preserves and dusted with fragrant cinnamon sugar. The pretzel dough is chewy, but light, and you are guaranteed to find yourself licking every finger clean of the delicious mélange of raspberry and cinnamon sugar.

Duck Island Bread Company’s newly launched “Jelly Dozel” is a fist-sized pretzel knot filled with a generous shot of raspberry preserves and dusted with fragrant cinnamon sugar.

Duck Island founder and head baker Robert Biancavilla says the evolution of the Jelly Dozel has been a work in progress. “I love everything about pretzels,” says Biancavilla. “I first started just coating them in cinnamon sugar. There seemed to be something missing so I decided raspberry filling would round it out nicely. It works!”

Duck Island Bread Company is only open on Saturday, so it’s a great place to jumpstart your weekend or revive yourself after a Friday night out on the town. The Jelly Dozel offers a clever twist on the traditional doughnut – a street-smart pastry with a sweet inner soul.

Caffeine Fix:  The coffeepot is always percolating at Duck Island Bread Company, featuring Gentle Brew Coffee roasted locally in Long Beach.

Scenic Snacking: I sampled the Jelly Dozel on a windy, wet day that was lovely weather for ducks, but on a sunny day, consider carrying out your coffee and Jelly Dozel and reclining on the grassy lawn just east of the bakery for a luscious time out.

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