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March 08, 2016

Former Stephen Starr pastry chef opening Dulce in Collingswood

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Dulce Artisanal Pastry, located at 740 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood.

It's been a long wait for Collingswood bakery Dulce, but a payoff is just around the corner -- and it should be oh-so-sweet.

Originally slated for a summer opening, Dulce will open its doors at noon on March 16 at 740 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood, according to the Courier-Post. Owned by Josue Santiago Negron, who was previously a pastry chef at Stephen Starr's The Dandelion as well as the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Dulce will focus on bread and a selection of sweets that run the gamut.

Permanent dessert fixtures on the menu include baguettes, danishes, chocolate chip cookies, ricotta cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, shortbread ginger cookies and an olive oil cake with cream cheese icing and smoked fig jam. For bread, he's offering sourdough and 70-percent-whole-wheat options, in addition to Puerto Rican Mallorca bread offered on Sundays. 

Following St. Patrick's Day, he plans to add beer bread and Irish cream eclairs to the menu as seasonal items.

No word on the number of seats inside, but the space has been reworked into an open-kitchen layout. The tables in the rear are handcrafted.

Dulce Artisanal Pastry's hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m., Fridays from noon to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.