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It's a Family Tradition
Published: 06/04/2012
Dan Christensen, along with his with wife Robin and daughter Shannon work to keep family traditions alive at Cannon Beach Bakery.
Dan Christensen, along with his with wife Robin and daughter Shannon work to keep family traditions alive at Cannon Beach Bakery.
David Spain

No visit to the coast is complete without a delicious loaf of Haystack Bread.

Beginning the trade at age 12, Dan Christensen of Cannon Beach Bakery is a third-generation baker with deep family roots in Denmark. Dan has been baking for nearly 49 years, continuing the family tradition started by his grandfather, who began as an apprentice baker in the king's palace in Copenhagen in the early 1800s. These Danish family traditions are evident at the bakery today. The scrumptious Danish are all handmade, the eight-grain bread is hearth-baked and everything is made from scratch, including the custard and ganache. No trans-fats are used, but real butter is! No visit to the coast is complete without buying a delicious loaf of their signature Haystack Bread, or maybe two; one for now and one to take home. Traced back to a formula nearly 50 years old, each loaf is hand-prepared from start to finish just as it was in 1920. When you have a party or are planning that special wedding, Cannon Beach Bakery can put the frosting on the cake. They can make the cake, too! Jesse Pulido, a well-traveled and experienced pastry chef is now part of the bakery team. He is an expert cake decorator who also specializes in Napoleons, Cosmopolitans, Double Chocolate Delights and other decadent goodies, such as German Chocolate confections and marzipan yummies. Cannon Beach Bakery is family owned and operated. Although Dan's work is done in the early morning hours, wife Robin and daughter Shannon are a daily part of this family tradition. Cannon Beach Bakery is located in Coaster Village at 240 N Hemlock, (503) 436-0399. - By Ingrid Mueller

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