Cinnamon roll lovers, heres a name from Tacomas pastry past Peggy Waldherr.
Remember her? She was owner and baker of Peggys Cinnamon Rolls, which operated in Freighthouse Square from 1987-2007. Rising commodity prices and overhead costs put Waldherr out of business back then. She was looking a few years ago to return to baking, but didnt want to take on a new business by herself.
Now? Her seven-year hiatus is over. Shes baking again at Cafe Gabrielle, a month-old cafe and bakery in Port Orchard, owned by her friend Gabrielle Freeland.
Its fun for us to do it again, people still remember us, said Waldherr about baking professionally again with her husband, Bob. You know, its nice to be able to make my cinnamon rolls again. Ive been making them at home for family and friends, but its nice again to sell them.
For newcomers to Peggys rolls, her cinnamon rolls are a raised yeast dough made with butter. Her rolls are topped with butter cream frosting, not cream cheese. Cinnabon can have all the cream cheese, said Waldherr with a laugh. This is the way Ive always done it, with butter cream. Thats how I did when my kids were little and when we had the deli and the bakery.
Waldherr also is baking cookies and carrot cake for the cafe. A night baker makes fresh bread daily at Cafe Gabrielle.