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Apple Crumb Pie @ Criminal Baking Co.[now Undercover Baking Agency] in Santa Rosa

With recent talk of apple pie, here’s a suggestion for apple crumb pie. Criminal Baking Company in Santa Rosa’s SoFA District makes a lovely butter-y one served up with a cup of creamy custard sauce.
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We got ours to go, but one can also enjoy the treats on site at the café set-up. Formerly an underground baker, the name keeps the edge on this very legit operation.

Criminal Baking Company
463 Sebastopol Ave.
Santa Rosa
707-992-5661
http://www.criminalconfectionery.com/

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  1. I went there this morning when I had some time to pass in Santa Rosa. The Apple Crumb Pie has great, as you said. It had a shortbread crust, but no cup of custard sauce. It may be my new favorite apple pie. They also have selections for breakfast and lunch and I'd expect everything to be quite good. I also liked the small sort-of-funky place, and there are a few tables outside on the sidewalk on this off-the-beaten-path side street.

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    1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

      I'm so glad you gave it a try. With the apple harvest in full bore now, we'll be seeing some great apple pies popping up all over the county.

      The front is small but there's an enormous kitchen in back. This address has been home to some terrific food businesses -- Mark Malicki's Cafe St. Rose and before that Brother Juniper's legendary bakery. I like to think that Peter Reinhart's spirituality and standard of excellence still bless the many fantastic bakeries in Sonoma County.

      1. Had a citrus-chocolate scone this morning. Different and as excellent as you'd think it would be from this place. Subtle citrus and quite good dark chocolate.

        1. Had a carrot-pineapple muffin and hot chocolate this morning. The muffing was warm, very moist, not very sweet (a good thing) and very tasty. The hot chocolate was excellent and large. This is a very good place.

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          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

            What made the hot chocolate stand out for you? Haven't had it.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              It was large, hot, and strong enough with quality chocolate. I always ask her to go lighter on the milk because I like stronger chocolate and she always adds more chocolate :-) It may not be as good as at Viva Cocolat in Petaluma, but it's quite good.

          2. I went back last week and had their great apple pie (and vanilla ice cream) and hot chocolate. Everything was just as good as before. I thought this place deserved its own photo album, so here it is. I'll add more photos as I go back more times.

            http://ruthvenphotos2.com/undercover-...

            1. I had their quiche yesterday, described as White Cheddar, Arugula, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Zucchini. It was quite good like pretty much everything I've had there.

              Photo: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/undercover-...

              1. I had a large savory scone there today - purple potato, bacon, white cheddar - that was excellent.

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                1. Stopped by yesterday to grab a quick bite to-go, and ran into a dud.

                  1/2 Seasonal vegetable panini and salad greens was attractively priced at $6 or so. While I liked the pistachio pesto, utternut squash didn't seem to seasonal to me, and I didn't like the tartness of the marinated artichoke hearts in a sandwich. Greens were not washed properly and after two mouthfuls with sandy grit, I abandoned them.

                  I think I'll stick to baked goods here.

                  http://www.criminalbaking.com/

                   
                  1. This morning I had their Chile Relleno, one of the best I've had anywhere. It was large, tender, and filled with white cheddar from Petaluma Creamery. It came with good-tasting slices of tomatoes and a green salad, all drizzled with a balsamic dressing. A very good value at $6.50. This place continues to impress me.

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