The (very) many styles of pizza - Christies Bakery

The (very) many styles of pizza

Everyone loves pizza. Is that an overstatement? I don’t think so, but hey, if there is someone who doesn't like pizza, to each their own. I for one, love pizza — and that’s even if I wasn’t part of a family that made pizza for a living.

Pizza is really just flat bread and toppings. Simple right? Not so fast. Within simple ingredients comes infinite possibilities. One of the things I love about pizza is how there are so many styles and kinds. People around the globe have taken flat bread and toppings to make something unique to their region or city. Here’s a list of the different styles of pizza. I’ll point out most of these are in the US, as I haven’t had the opportunity to explore pizzas from around the world… yet.

Pizza at the Movies - Christies Bakery

Pizza at the Movies

As you may know, we recently launched our Heat & Eat pizzas. They’re a super easy way to get Christies' wood-fired pizza ready to eat in minutes. If you weren’t aware, you are now!

I recently wrote an essay in University about Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The film takes place in and around a pizzeria in a Brooklyn neighbourhood. Whether it was fate or merely a coincidence, I was watching a movie with a pizzeria for school and helping to develop our new line of pizzas at work! I got to thinking about what other films have a certain pizza-centric focus. Let’s take a look at some of the hits!

Baking Through A Pandemic - Christies Bakery

Baking Through A Pandemic

One of our lovely staff members, Zarish, asked me to participate in a short film for a class project. We talked through some of the history of my family and the bakery, as well as what this last year (and a bit) has been like for us at the bakery. I hope you give it a watch. Zarish did a wonderful job!

Picnic Essentials for the Summer - Christies Bakery

Picnic Essentials for the Summer

I'm sure we've all been enjoying Spring's warm sun over the last couple weeks. Even though there's still a chance of snow (it is Saskatchewan after all) patios are getting set, barbeques have been fired up, and a general sense of happiness is in the air. I've taken a couple walks down to Rotary Park recently and the grass was populated with slack-liners, cyclists and spike ballers.

Now that the snow has melted (for the most part) my girlfriend and I decided to go out for a nice old fashioned picnic. Packing our bags brought back memories of going on picnics with my parents on the weekends growing up. If you were looking for something to do now that we can be outside without freezing our fingers off, here’s a list of what I consider critical to create the perfect and classic picnic.

Colomba di Pasqua - Christies Bakery

Colomba di Pasqua

It’s Easter Sunday, and that means if you’ve stopped by either of our shops, you’ve no doubt seen Colomba di Pasqua on the shelves. It’s a traditional Italian bread baked and served for Easter.

We thought we'd share a bit more background on this special holiday treat. 

How To Amp Up Your Ramen Game - Christies Bakery

How To Amp Up Your Ramen Game

Having re-enrolled in university recently, I’ve given in to the stereotypical student life, and increased my consumption of instant ramen. While it was initially nice and nostalgic to eat something I hadn’t really had in years, I quickly started to want more flavor as well as a bit more ‘heft’ to the meal. I did some searching, and I found Instant Ramen in North America kind of gets a bad rap. There are lots of great ways to use the noodles in creative ways that can still be cost effective, but will taste great and fill you up too! After playing around with some simple upgrades, I eventually just started making my own ramen!

My Life With Sourdough: Science and Intuition - Christies Bakery

My Life With Sourdough: Science and Intuition

Maintaining a healthy sourdough culture comes with a responsibility to care and nurture it throughout its’ life. My sourdough culture has been with me for over 20 years. It is a living organism that needs to be consistently fed and cared for.
3 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Smoothies If You Aren't Already - Christies Bakery

3 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Smoothies If You Aren't Already

I love smoothies. It’s my go-to meal throughout the week. If I’m not having one on a daily basis, it’s only because I’ve run out of ingredients to make one with! Life is busy, and we don’t always have the time we’d like to make meals with a balance of the nutrients we need. As a student I find smoothies particularly helpful when I’m balancing my health, time, and budget. If you needed some convincing as to why you should integrate smoothies into your diet, here are three reasons why I think everyone should hop on the smoothie train.
St. Patty Facts - Christies Bakery

St. Patty Facts

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in a few days and it has become universally associated with two things: the color green and lots of drinking. Obviously we think of pints of Guiness when March 17 rolls around, but was it always the case?

Here’s some interesting facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

Cold Brew Recipe Featuring Venn Coffee - Christies Bakery

Cold Brew Recipe Featuring Venn Coffee

This recent shift to warmer weather is a welcome change in Saskatoon after what seemed like a solid two months of arctic chills. It had us dreaming of spring/summer and the icy beverages we like to drink to cool off. Cold Brewed Coffee is a go-to favourite, so we thought we’d share how to make your own cold brew coffee (using Venn Coffee) at home.
A Guide On What To Do With Older Bread - Christies Bakery

A Guide On What To Do With Older Bread

We’ve all been there. Bought that loaf of bread on Friday (perhaps from Christies Bakery?) with plans to use it all up over the weekend. Side of bread with pasta for dinner on Friday, avocado toast for breakfast on Saturday, sandwich for lunch, and use the rest on Sunday. But one thing leads to another and you still have bread left. And now it isn’t as perfect as it was when you first bought the loaf. There’s no need to fret! Because bread is so versatile, even if it’s past its prime. Here’s some ways to use up your bread and not let it go to waste:
Valentines Facts with Gabe - Christies Bakery

Valentines Facts with Gabe

Every year on Valentines Day, couples exchange gifts with each other to show their affection. Did you know that Americans are projected to spend 22 Billion dollars as a nation on Valentine’s Day while Canadians are projected to spend only around 37 Million dollars - as far as we can tell online. While more and more people are beginning to give “experiences” like a picnic in the park or a couples cooking class, the old fashioned gift giving is still king - especially when it’s -25 celsius outside…

Valentines Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Christies Bakery

Valentines Chocolate Covered Strawberries

With it being Valentines and all, we thought it would be fitting to provide you with a chocolate covered strawberry recipe! The history behind this very famous treat comes from a woman named Lorraine Lorusso. She combined chocolate and strawberries in the 1960’s at her gourmet store in Chicago and is now a  popular treat, especially during Valentines day.
Working In A Pandemic With Local Business Owner, Kevin Petty - Christies Bakery

Working In A Pandemic With Local Business Owner, Kevin Petty

Most of us know at least one or two people personally who run a small business in Saskatoon. Without question 2020 has been tough for people who have had their livelihood turned upside down. We thought to start 2021 we’d do a bit of a review with one of our producers to look back on the past year and hear about their experience working through a pandemic filled year. Kevin Petty from Saskatoon Spruce was nice enough to sit down and have a chat with us about how last year went for him.
In My Kitchen: Christine's Greek Style Stuffed Peppers - Christies Bakery

In My Kitchen: Christine's Greek Style Stuffed Peppers

These are my Greek-style stuffed peppers. It is one of my favourite healthy weeknight meals. It is also a perfect serving for two people which is very convenient for me as I live on my own: I eat one serving and save the leftovers for an easy lunch the next day. You can also really change these up by incorporating many different kinds of flavours. This i are Greek-style, but you can change it up by using Mexican or Italian inspired ingredients or whatever your heart desires! There are also few dishes to clean—which helps keep things simple—and it is also a fun way to get your veggies in.

Superbowl Spinach Dip in a Sourdough Bowl - Christies Bakery

Superbowl Spinach Dip in a Sourdough Bowl

The most watched television event of the year occurs in one week, Superbowl Sunday! We felt inspired to share a recipe you can make for the day or just when you’re wanting an ooey, gooey dish to enjoy. You can make it in a dish for dipping in, but to take it up a notch, swap out the dish for a whole loaf of bread with a good crust (we recommend using a sourdough from Christies Bakery). Cut off the top and hollow it out to use as a bread bowl. It only takes a handful of ingredients and a little bit of work to make!
In My Kitchen: Tracey and Trent's Il Secondo and Scratch Provisions Supper - Christies Bakery

In My Kitchen: Tracey and Trent's Il Secondo and Scratch Provisions Supper

Today, I made some lovely Margherita  and Calabrese Pizza at Il Secondo and Trent made a wonderful Vegetable Wild Rice with Lemon and Thyme soup at Scratch Provisions. We put them together and had the perfect supper.
In My Kitchen: Gabe's Veggie Rigatoni - Christies Bakery

In My Kitchen: Gabe's Veggie Rigatoni

I probably eat pasta at least 3 days a week. Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and have leftovers for the rest of the week. Today's sauce was a quick and easy veggie sauce with rigatoni
A Pasta Guide with Moda Market - Christies Bakery

A Pasta Guide with Moda Market

Pasta: it’s a simple five letter word, and it sounds like a simple meal right? You’ve got your carb, you’ve got your sauce, you combine and serve. Easy-a-pleasie. But we all know pasta is much more complicated than that. Sure you can boil your noodles, and you can get your sauce in a jar (and no one is blaming you if you do!). But, you can also kick things up a couple notches with different shaped (or even handmade) pasta, and pair that with varying styles and flavours of family or scratch-made sauce recipes; some sauces are red, some white, and some are even green. Those colours might remind you of a certain country’s flag, no? ;)

Let’s take a look at pasta, and some things we can do to spice up our day-to-day pasta routine.

Christies Co-Owner Tracey Muzzolini talks about baking, breads, and family recipes - Christies Bakery

Christies Co-Owner Tracey Muzzolini talks about baking, breads, and family recipes

If you live in Saskatoon, you’ve likely heard of Christies Mayfair Bakery. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some of the best bread and pastries in Saskatchewan. Christies is a Saskatoon institution, making bread, cinnamon buns, and artisan sourdoughs for nearly a century. We had a chance to talk with one of the co-owners, Tracey Muzzolini, during a break while she was making fruit cake during the Christmas season. We talked about family recipes and what it’s like running a family business and what goes into working alongside your family for so long.

IN My Kitchen: Heather's Allergy-Friendly Cookies - Christies Bakery

IN My Kitchen: Heather's Allergy-Friendly Cookies

My daughter is currently doing a school project for which she is trying to create an allergy-friendly recipe collection that would suit her brother.  She is finding recipes online, mostly, then altering them to use ingredients that are dairy, nut and egg free and that we have in the cupboard already.

Here is one of her recipes and a picture of the cookies.  This one was already allergy-friendly but we didn’t have any non-dairy milk available so she found a substitute.

Welcome 2021 - Christies Bakery

Welcome 2021

2020 is finally in the rear view mirror. Finally. The entire world can let out one big sigh of relief. With the start of a new year comes resolutions and newly inspired decisions to make changes in our lives to improve ourselves. If you’re still looking for inspiration, here are some ideas to make some changes in your life and get your 2021 off to a great start.
In My Kitchen: J and J Sausage Tray Bake By Lydia - Christies Bakery

In My Kitchen: J and J Sausage Tray Bake By Lydia

Figuring out something quick (and healthy) to have for supper is difficult at the best of times. Add three young kids on top of that and it makes the daily task seem impossible. Not to mention that our appetite for doing dishes in the evenings is pretty low. 
Bourbon Eggnog - Christies Bakery

Bourbon Eggnog

There are many things that come with the Christmas season: The smells of holiday baking permeate throughout the house, Christmas songs fill the grocery store aisles 24//7, and egg nog makes its yearly return to our glasses. To spice up your holiday drink routine, we have an eggnog recipe to try out while at home over the holidays. While brandy is the usual boozy ingredient to pair with the 'nog, who says we have to follow all the traditions!

Side Note: A hand mixer or stand mixer will make this a lot easier, but it can still be made by hand (you’ll just get a good forearm workout!)



Hi there. This is me making Bruschetta.  While you can make this anytime, it's a recipe I love making in the summer when tomatoes are in season. I love Italian cuisine and sometimes I pair this just with a small salad and voila!  Dinner!
Home for the (Virtual) Holidays - Christies Bakery

Home for the (Virtual) Holidays

The holidays are going to look a little different this year. Heck, they are going to look A LOT different this year. We’re going to miss the big get-togethers - they’re what make this season special for so many people. However, with family gatherings being so limited, it’s still important for families to find ways to celebrate Christmas in a safe way. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite options to (virtually) spend the holidays with those close to you:
In My Kitchen: Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast - Christies Bakery

In My Kitchen: Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast

This is a decadent breakfast option that is great to make ahead for brunch or Christmas morning. I have definitely skipped the rest time and baked immediately with the same delicious results. I have made many variations including apple/cranberry, apple/pecan and  pumpkin spice! 

In My Kitchen; Lucy's Potato Scones - Christies Bakery

In My Kitchen; Lucy's Potato Scones

"For me, my favourite weekend dish is making potato scones for brunch. I'm not much of a breakfast cook but after trying these for the first time in the UK several years ago, I was sold. I had to learn how to make them! After several attempts, I think I finally got 'em right." 


Talking Honey with Steven Hawrishok - Christies Bakery

Talking Honey with Steven Hawrishok

A lot of times, it’s easy to guess what someone might be passionate about: an athlete pursuing a professional sports career or an artist travelling the world to find inspiration for their next project. Other times, someone might be doing what they love in a field you might not expect. For Steven Hawrishock, owner and proprietor of Kitako Lake Honey, it’s definitely the latter.

He comes from a family of beekeepers, and while many of us might run away at the first sight of those little striped stingers, he couldn’t think of anything else he’d rather be doing. We recently had a (virtual) chat with Steven to learn about life as a beekeeper and producer of honey. Within a few minutes of talking, it became crystal clear just how much he loves what he’s doing, so I had to find out how someone becomes as big of a lover of bees and honey as he is.

French Press How-To - Christies Bakery

French Press How-To

We love french press coffee: it's simple, low-waste, and keeps lots of the coffee bean oils in the brew.

French press is a great starting point for coffee drinkers looking to take their home brewing to the next level! You can play around with the amount of water and coffee beans used to find a flavour that works for you! See the How-To below. 

Trent's Coconut Ginger Soup - Christies Bakery

Trent's Coconut Ginger Soup

Soup season is upon us, and we've got an exclusive soup recipe from Scratch Provisions owner Trent Loewen. If you weren't aware, Trent is a Red Seal chef that trained (and taught) at Stratford Chefs School.

It is a super quick and easy soup you can easily make at home. But dont let the simplicity fool you, it's very tasty. Prep is quick and there’s room to add your own twist to it!