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Sweet Adeline's: Treats Hand-Baked in Salem

Sweet Adeline’s dishes out local goodness.

Adeline (Addie) Lutts is a hard-working Salemite who has only slowed down when her hand was injured in a dough-sheeter.

Her boyfriend pitched in during her week-long recovery, then she was back in her rented commercial kitchen creating custom confections for local restaurants and coffeehouses.

Founder and owner of Sweet Adeline’s, which began operations last Valentine’s Day, Lutts says her key to making a profit in her first year was to grow slowly and keep a low overhead.

Originally the business of her grandmother, Anne Shaw’s Nana’s Kitchen in the , Sweet Adeline’s grew out of Lutts’ home kitchen. She is looking for a retail storefront of her own by June.

While Shaw still advises the business, Lutts went to Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco and worked at TARTINE Bakery there to build on her innate cooking skills.

“I was always making things my whole life,” Lutts said. “That’s why I love baking. I get to use my hands to produce things that make people happy.”

Lutts grew up in Salem, graduated with a degree in fine arts from Smith College in 2005, then worked at the Museum of Fine Arts as a gilder before starting her own business.

“Gilding is a very historical trade so there’s a lot of overlapping,” Lutts said. “Baking, though contemporary, is also steeped in history. Chemistry is involved in both of them. I have memories of when baking was really good.”

Sweet Adeline’s doesn’t use chemicals or flavoring in its many products. Many are gluten-free and/or vegan. Lutts said this is a growing market, as people are asking for such things in restaurants.

Lutts, who is vegetarian and has been a vegan at times, said “vegan is close to my heart. It’s a healthy alternative. I like the challenge of cooking vegan.”

Since Sweet Adeline’s makes desserts exclusively for restaurants catered to their menus, Lutts said she really enjoys recipe development.

But she said she never gets tired of cooking. Even after baking all day she’ll go home and cook dinner. Her busiest time revolves around the summer farmers' markets.

“The escalation of summer is out of this world,” Lutts said. “And at the farmers' market I would get four proposals for marriage on a good day.”

What does she do on her off time, if any?

“I love to read,” Lutts said. “I’ll go to the library and peruse every cookbook I can. I go to galleries, movies. I don’t have any super hobbies. Baking was my hobby and I turned it into my job.”

Lutts’ father, Timothy, writes financial newsletters in Salem. Her mother Julie Shaw-Lutts is an artist. She has a younger brother in college and a younger sister who lives in Brooklyn as a writer.

Lutts said her Midnight Brownies sell well. They are also among her favorite things to make.

In addition to local restaurants, Sweet Adeline’s treats are available at , , Green Land Café, Café Valverde and Shubie’s.

Lutts is now preparing for the summer farmer’s markets. Visit her website at www.sweet-adelines.com.

KlassySalem March 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Those midnight brownies are amazing.
Betty Bouchard March 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
We were just saying yesterday that downtown needs a sweets bakery! I totally love A J King but sometimes you just want cake! Or cupcakes! Come down to the old Signatures spot!!!
Dawn Cerbone March 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Good luck to her. Everyone needs a little something sweet sometimes.
peg howa March 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Hi, Addie! Have loved everything I've ever tried of your baked goods and really appreciate the vegan pies and cookies! Can't wait for your retail location in Salem! Peg Howard

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