Saturday, December 20, 2008

benefit for in other words bookstore

just a few photos of some of the special & spectacular events that in other words helps to facilitate! HOMOROBICS!!! "body positive sweat times!" the best day of the week.

order your maximally delicious holiday pies!!! call us at 503.288.8839.
all pies are vegan, made from scratch (crust & all!!), made with mostly local & organic ingredients & no hydrogenated oils ever.


*rich chocolate tart with salted candied pistachios $20

*oven roasted pear & cranberry pie $20

*apple & pine nut tarte tatin $15

*traditional pumpkin pie $15

all pies come in a 9" recyclable/reusable pie tin.


morgan & dovetail bakery

Friday, December 12, 2008

come get sampley

it's sample season again! tomorrow, saturday 12.13.08, at 10 am we will be sampling out holiday pies! we will be at three friends at se 12th & ash. in case you don't already know, the staff (and owner!!!!!) at three friends are some of the nicest folks you may ever come across. EVER. they also carry amazing pastries made by my friend marjon (ZIBALIA BAKERY). they will break your heart and blow your mind. she might even make you special cookies to celebrate the persian new year when it rolls around if you are extremely lucky. but back to pies. 10 am until we run out!! we will also be taking advance orders for pies while we are there. come say hello and enjoy a pie niblet. thanks again to everyone who supports our all of hardworking little local bakeries (MINE ESPECIALLY)!!! THANK YOU!!! XOXO! see you tomorrow!


ps you can look forward to tasting...

pumpkin pie
oven roasted pear & cranberry pie
apple & pine nut tarte tatin
chocolate tart with salted candied pistachios

git it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

basking in the presence of greatness

after a few slices of pumpkin pie, scout, my genius neighbor, 8 year old friend, and professional taster, drew an artist's rendition of life at dovetail bakery. she pretty much hit the nail on the head, as she usually does. one of my favorite details is the freeform phonetically inspired spelling of my name.



ps handwashing sink to the max!

Sunday, November 23, 2008



it's true, we are making special order HOLIDAY PIES!!!!!
call us 503.288.8839 to order:

all pies come in a 9" recyclable/reusable pie tin.

*chocolate tart with salted candied pistachios $20

*double crust pear & cranberry pie $20

*apple & pine nut tarte tatin $15

*traditional pumpkin pie $15

pick up or delivery available within portland ($6 for home delivery)
pick up on wednesday evening, delivery available wednesday night & thursday morning.

orders must be called in and confirmed by tuesday 11.25.08.

thank you! and happy pie!


i am so so SO excited to share with you all our recent write up in mix magazine!!! it is a beautiful magazine all about the food & and drink scene in portland. you can find it at new seasons markets and fred meyer or you can read the article at their website at it is so awesome to see vegan baking on the cover of such an elegant magazine!!! i am still glowing as you can probably tell. here is a little excerpt from the article written by christina melander...


Morgan Grundstein-Helvey is a deconstructionist baker: “You have to disassemble what a recipe is, then build up what you want it to be. You have to get inside the recipe.” Her Dovetail bakery specializes in breakfast and tea-time treats, such as tiny lemon-ginger cookies.
It seems counterintuitive, but one reason vegan pastries are so good is because bakers literally have to start from scratch. Vegan cookbooks are a growing genre but a meager one compared to the canon of conventional baking texts. The bakers I spoke with are all self-taught, relying on instinct and trial and error to tweak established recipes and devise solutions to problems. Unable to find palatable vegan cookies or a decent special-occasion cake, they invent their own, toying with mashed rice, silken tofu and canola oil to achieve correct consistency, texture and flavor.
“There are no straight-up substitutions — every recipe is its own challenge,” says Morgan Grundstein-Helvey, she of the impeccably moist and tender fig-anise scones. “You have to disassemble what it is, then build up what you want it to be. You have to get inside the recipe and really know your ingredients.” Grundstein-Helvey, a petite 32-year-old with an eager grin, became a vegetarian at age 12 and followed a vegan diet for five years during her teens. Growing up in Los Angeles, she frequented farmers markets and devoured the clafoutis and fruit cobblers prepared by her uncle, a professional cook who lived with her family.

Experimenting in the kitchen came naturally and Grundstein-Helvey amassed a solid arsenal of vegan recipes, including birthday cakes and biscuits, by her early 20s. She formalized the collection in a zine she published with her sister, and started baking on the side for a neighborhood market while living in San Francisco. She loved it. Soon, she was making enough money baking cookies to cover rent.

Grundstein-Helvey, who has a passion for languages, continued to work with deaf and hearing-impaired children and as a barista while baking for friends. After settling in Portland in 2005, the death of her father prompted her to take stock of her life and pursue baking full-bore. (She christened her business Dovetail in homage to her dad, a custom carpenter.) She found a commercial kitchen in St. Johns and began shopping her wares to the Divine Cafe (a vegetarian cart), Half & Half and other coffee shops. “There would be days when I didn’t want to cold-call another person,” Grundstein-Helvey says. But she kept at it and now carries about 20 wholesale accounts, including three New Seasons stores and Whole Foods in the Pearl. “My focus leans toward morning and afternoon stuff — scones, cookies and loaf cakes — not so much plated desserts,” Grundstein-Helvey says.
It’s a unique way of characterizing her repertoire. Though she’s inspired by seasonal produce, employing fresh pear, rhubarb and blueberries in various scones, she chooses spices and combines flavors according to what tastes best at different times of day. Her silver dollar sized lemon-ginger and orange-chocolate chip cookies resonate in the late afternoon, delivering a citrusy pick-me-up and subtle sweetness. Dovetail’s pecan sticky buns, a candy-sweet breakfast item, may be the exception, but man are they good.

A springy yeast bun topped with gooey chopped nuts, Grundstein-Helvey’s sticky bun has such a true caramel flavor, you’d never suspect it doesn’t contain butter. “They were my Mount Everest,” she confesses. “I wasn’t terribly familiar with yeast doughs and I had lots of disastrous dough explosions, but I really wanted to get it right.” Mission accomplished.

Grundstein-Helvey works all her magic using a single half-size convection oven. Her next big investment will be another oven and eventually, a bigger space with gas-fired appliances. She thinks about opening a retail bakery in the future but is content for now, intent on doing more catering and special orders. “I try to be open to what the world throws my way,” she says.

Dovetail Bakery


Friday, November 7, 2008


COME EAT FREE SAMPLES AT NEW SEASONS SEVEN CORNERS THIS SUNDAY (11.9.08)!!!!!!! my mom will be in town and we will be sampling out new dovetail bakery treats and some old favorites!! say hello, introduce yourself. we would love to meet you!!! if you don't know where new seasons seven corners is here is the address... 1954 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202. we will be there around 11 am and we'll be sampling until we run out of samples to sample! hope you all are well!!!! see you there!!!!!

morgan & margaret (mom)

Monday, November 3, 2008

get lazy. eat at home.

have i ever mentioned that you can call or email us and place special orders??? you can. 503.288.8839 or maybe you are having a party and you want some earl grey tea cupcakes to feed your guests. or maybe you have family coming into town and you want them to see how delicious vegan baked goods can be. just order some bake at home scones or sticky buns. you know they will freak out with joy. maybe you also don't know that you can get fresh roasted st. johns coffee roasters coffee beans and dovetail bakery pastries delivered to your door on a wednesday morn??? the finest of all special holiday season gifts!! all you have to do is call mount or julie and they will bike to your north portland home and leave you a delectable package for as many wednesdays as you would like! TRUE!!! TOTALLY TRUE!!!! they can be found at all their coffee is fair trade, organic, locally roasted... pretty great, yes??? and they are some of the nicest people in town!! anyhoo, so so many options! please avail yourself of any or all of them. we love to talk to you. hope you are all enjoying the cozy fall weather and the delicious foods it brings!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

our cornucopia runneth over with deliciousness and good times!!!

welcome to autumn! we have been celebrating the change in seasons with lots and lots of celebration!!! thanks to all who have helped us pull off some major feats in baking history!!! we did much super fun and exciting baking for the st. johns coffee roasting company's stand at the portland pirate festival. all those puffy sleeves and velvety vests can only make for a great time!!! i saw the tall ships in the river but never managed to get much closer than that because as soon as we had finished baking for 10,000 hungry scalliwags we began preparing for a secret cafe brunch benefit with christy from lilytoad! the benefit was for birth attendants who provide doula services to women in prison. it was so awesome to be able to help out such an amazing project. thank you to everyone who helped us pull it off!!! EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: christy from lilytoad, lauren (my number one life saver) from anouk bakery, joel from courier coffee (always delicious!!!), hen house on sauvie island for the ridiculously beautiful dahlias, naomi from red star kombucha, and of course jesse, mckay, joyce, donnie, katherine, tom, eleanor and everyone who attended!! it was such a success that there just might be more of these events to look forward to in the future... anyhoo say farewell to your portland summer tan and get ready for some corn maze and yam time... and a few new bakery items making appearances around town. who wouldn't love to spend a fall afternoon with a slice of wheat-free pumpkin ginger loaf cake (ALBERTA ST. CO-OP), or a wheat-free banana chocolate marble loaf cake (NEW SEASONS: ARBOR LODGE), or maybe you prefer an earl grey tea cupcake with chocolate ganache (ALBERTA ST. CO-OP), or a sweet and spicy chocolate chile mango cupcake (what??? so good!!!) (RED & BLACK CAFE) and if you're feeling like a homebody 'cause it's fall try some BAKE-AT-HOME STICKY BUNS from CENA in st. johns! i love autumn!!!!!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

summer fruits & hot fresh cookies!

oh hey old friends! it's been a while (maybe even more than that), but i'm back. summer is in full swing and berries everywhere are making me really happy! summer stone fruits are also the highlights of many of my days. i think the plum might be at the top of my list right now. there is something magical that happen inside of a plum. i even love a prune. don't knock 'em 'til you've tried 'em. more on plums and prunes next time... but for now the exciting news i would like to share with you is that you can now buy bake at home dovetail bakery cookies and scones!!!! for those of you who know and love st. johns you can just head on over to cena at the corner of ivanhoe & john ave. for those of you less familiar with one of my favorite neighborhoods, cena can be found right across from the the post office on your way to the st. johns bridge. they carry premade and assemble-yourself dinners that you take home and cook. lots of veggie options. i'm so excited about bake at home cookies because #1 they are tiny size! #2 sometimes you need a HOT cookie #3 stores close early and sometimes you need a hot cookie late at night! #4 they are great for impressing a date in a pinch. HOT cookie and soymilk are too charming to pass up! #5 you can even bake them in the toaster oven!!! i could keep going on like this all night. anyhoo... hope you all enjoy the latest dovetail bakery developments. take care and hope you are all enjoying some sweet moments in the sun!


ps please call us with your special pastry orders! 503.288.8839! thanks!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

rhubarb fever

thank you summer and spring! friends, there are two new locations where you can find and enjoy dovetail bakery sweets & treats! please find your way to the red & black cafe in its new location at se12th, and also at cellar door coffee! too cute! cellar door roasts their own coffee man is it cute in there! rumor has it that the building that houses said cute coffee shop was designed to resemble the hotel on main street in disneyland! spectacular! and for those who don't already know and love the red & black, you can't go wrong. maybe it might be full of the friendliest people around. ps the food is some kind of delicious!!! and in honor of the changing of the seasons, a new scone will be entering the lineup! rhubarb with orange & anise. this if my first time getting to know rhubarb and i can say with confidence that the love affair is serious. on another note, thanks to everyone who participated in bike back the night sponsored by pwcl (portland women's crisis line). i hope you all enjoyed some itty bitty cookies!

Friday, April 18, 2008

auntie m

so maybe you know already, but maybe you don't... i got a niece!!! wren got born on april 9, 2008. i'm not sure anything could be more fun than that. this means lots of time that isn't spent baking has been spent watching her sleep, and sometimes throw up. even that looks cute on her. and outside of the house, it still feels like winter, but spring fever is catching up with me. the garden is late, but on its way. this year will be about winter squash, my new five-in-one apple tree, and a few other odds and ends. spring is also about some new spots for you to enjoy dovetail bakery treats at. please enjoy them at the red & black at it's new location on se 12th! so cute inside and maybe some of the friendliest folks too! you can eat pecan squares, coconut caramel squares, wheat-free lemon cornmeal scones with organic raspberry jam, and aunt miriam's sticky buns!!! they are named after my real aunt miriam, sister to my mom margaret, the best mom ever! she has been visiting from los angeles (my home town), but will be headed back there on monday. i'm pretty 110% certain that she'll be back soon. maybe she'll even enjoy a little behind the scenes work at good old dovetail bakery. thanks mom!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

spring snow

spring is too magical. just when lauren and i got all geared up to ride our bikes home through the rain and hail, the sky opened up and we had sunshine the whole way! it was that kind of magical sun that makes the grass so green it burns your eyes a little. and it's also the season for what jesse calls "spring snow", when all the blossoms from all the cherry trees and every other flower-covered tree blow around in drifts! too much! i can't stand it! we have also been listening to "in defense of food" by michael pollan, which is really making me happy every single day. i know there is a lot more to say on the subject, but it has definitely made me re-excited about eating and enjoying food with friends and loved ones! sometimes i feel like the luckiest person alive that i get to make food that i love and share it with other people for a living. thanks to all who make that possible!!! enjoy the spring snow!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

this is a whole new universe for me! so there might be a couple of first tries before i get my gravity set upright... hello to any friends who might have sought out information about dovetail bakery and here we go! we are a vegan bakery located in portland, or. everything we bake is entirely vegan, transfat-free, and mostly organic. our most recent project is to try to transition into using as many local products as possible. so far so good! i will keep you updated as more information comes my way. we bake cookies, bars, scones, wheat-free cornmeal scones, sticky buns, and seasonally inspired upside down fruit cakes. there are always new items in the works, but here is a current product list for those who don't already know...
chocolate chip
orange chocolate chip
double dutch
chocolate cherry
lemon ginger
oatmeal w/ dried cranberries
oatmeal raisin
chewy ginger molasses
peanut butter
peanut butter chocolate chip

pecan squares
coconut caramel squares

lemon w/ dried blueberries
orange w/ dried cranberries
currant & pear
apple rosemary
cinnamon sugar
fig & anise
coconut ginger

sticky buns:
gooey pecan topped sticky buns

wheat-free cornmeal scones:
cornmeal cherry
lemon cornmeal w/ organic raspberry jam
cornmeal w/ organic pink grapefruit marmalade
cornmeal w/ roasted onions & dried figs

wheat-free upside-down cake:
fall was pear & dried cranberry, but it's spring now!!!

you can find dovetail bakery treats at:
the acorn
the alberta st. co-op
blend (at killingsworth & greeley)
food fight!
food front co-op
the half & half
the little red bike cafe
new seasons market:
*arbor lodge
*seven corners
proper eats
three friends
whole foods market: