Baker kneads dough at sunrise for Flour Girls
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Every weekday morning as the sun rises on the Pasquotank River, Cathy Coppola begins baking bread at the Flour Girls Café and Bakery on Water Street in Elizabeth City.
“The bread yeast has a really nice fragrance,” said Coppola. “It smells delicious.”
Coppola works with her daughter Talia Krites, who owns Flour Girls.
The mother-daughter team creates an assortment of scrumptious items for the holidays.
While Coppola prepares the dough for their tasty sugar cookies, she said Krites decorates them with creative designs. The finished cookies take approximately eight hours to complete from start to finish.
The cookies include snowmen, Christmas trees, stockings and the popular ugly sweaters. Coppola said the cookies can be personalized for gifts.
Coppola said they also offer cupcakes with Christmas lights and candy cane designs.
The Flour Girls’ Italian wedding cookies with almonds and confectionery sugar bring fond memories for Coppola of her mother cooking the same cookies during the holidays.
Coppola said she finds her recipes from all sources, and will often keep them on small pieces of paper or electronically in her phone.
The cookies and sweet treats are available for all holidays and occasions throughout the year.
Elegantly designed cakes, brownies, truffles, cookies and cupcakes are some customer favorites.
Coppola said her own favorites are the chocolate chip cookies and the lemon, orange and cherry bars.
“When you first take them out of the oven and they are gooey chocolate,” said Coppola, describing the best time to try her favorite chocolate chip cookies.
Originally from New Jersey, Coppola moved to Elizabeth City more than 25 years ago. Coppola said she previously worked with computers. Coppola has two daughters and five grandsons. She said the entire family likes to get together on Christmas Eve to prepare a feast of Seven Fishes. She said they then gather on Christmas day and she will often prepare a lasagna to add to the dishes other family members bring for the meal.
Coppola said she enjoys working with her daughter every day.
“I hope the business keeps growing and growing,” said Coppola. “She is doing a really good job.”
For more information about the Flour Girls Café and Bakery visit their Facebook page or website at http://www.theflourgirlsec.com/.