day_katyTime to make the doughnuts, time to make the doughnuts. If you are too young to remember Michael Vale’s portrayal of Fred the Baker’s catchphrase in Dunkin’ Donuts commercials in the 1980s, you probably won’t understand. But Katy Chresos does.

Chresos is the owner and pastry chef at Katy’s Kreations, maker of breads, pastries, cakes and cookies, plus.

“We make croissant dough every day because that is what we make our pastries from,” she said. “When we make it, we fold butter into it at least five times. It gives all the layers we need to get a nice flaky crust.”

She rolls it out into nearly a square, flipping it side to side to keep it near 18 inches square.

“I’ve got about seven customers who come in religiously every day for coffee and pastries and pepperoni rolls. We can’t seem to keep them.

IN THE BEGINNING

“I am a self-taught pastry chef,” she said. “When I was a little girl, I dreamed of doing this. As I was growing up, my mom told me if I wanted to make a living, I better become a secretary. I did, but I hated it.”

Life kicked in and set her on the right path.

“I had just gotten divorced, had two babies and I was waiting for a bus when it started to rain,” she said. “I stepped into a cake supply store, and the woman there taught me all about how easy it is to do cakes. I’ve been making them ever since.”

She was 23 at the time. She started doing cakes out of her home.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

“The first thing I do in the morning is get the pastry dough out and let it sit for about an hour, and while that is going on, I start baking cookies and all the other goodies I need to have in that case,” Chresos said, pointing to the case out front. “Once all the cookies are done, it is time to do the pastries.”

She has 49 flavors of cakes. Pastries include apple, cherry, chocolate and cream cheese. In addition, she also makes several different types of bread. A cheddar bacon bread, roasted red pepper and Kalamata olive breads are very popular, and her pepperoni rolls are hard to keep stocked because everyone wants them.

At the end of the day Saturday, whatever is left in the case goes to a couple of local churches.

“I get here around midnight Monday and fill the case. Then the rest of the week, I am here by 3 a.m. to start my days,” Chresos said. She offers gluten-free and sugar-free baked items, but needs advance notice for gluten-free goods.

Hot lunches also are on her menu, along with Mom and Me baking classes for 3-year-olds and older, and she has cake-decorating classes on a regular basis in addition to everything else she does, including weddings, birthday parties and other events.

Katy’s Kreations

1912 Woodlawn Ave. NW, Jackson Township
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
330-808-6337
facebook.com/KatysKreations

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