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Pursuit of Pastry is a French-inspired, classic bakery in the heart of Old Saybrook. Opened in 2012, we have comfortable seating and fresh-brewed Ashlawn coffee daily, along with a wide array of treats in our pastry case, such as cream puffs, whoopie pies, cookies, donuts, cupcakes and more.

Grab a loaf of any of our fresh, daily-baked breads on your way out.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays we bake pecan sticky buns for well-deserved weekend decadence.

Here at Pursuit of Pastry we approach the day as an opportunity to do something new. We love creating with seasonal ingredients and truly enjoy getting into the spirit of each and every holiday. But there are some baked goods you can always count on seeing in the case (unless we sell out). Take a look at some of our more intricate creations in our gallery, and let us know if you have any questions.

Or hire us for your wedding, shower or birthday party. We bake and decorate exceptional layer cakes with fine attention to detail. Visit our Events page to see the options, or give us a call.


Life has a funny way of working out. In my first career as wife and mother, my children often asked me, “Mommy, what did you want to be when you grew up?” The answer was always Pastry Chef. It was my childhood dream.

Jill Peterson – Owner

Yet I felt blessed to be able to stay home with my young children. We lived in a small town with many stay-at-home moms and we had a fulfilling life.

When the children started school, I earned a degree from the University of Connecticut and enjoyed a rewarding 12-year career counseling young adults with learning disabilities. For fun, I took classes at Johnson and Wales to learn about pastry. I fell in love with pastry all over again. I graduated in 2011.

After the recession hit, my position was eliminated. I took a hard look at what I loved most. That had to be baking.

I went for it. I found a location and opened shop, with the intention of creating the type of place people could feel at home in, eating delectable treats and spending time in an atmosphere filled with love and sweetness.

Years later, we are going strong, and we were voted a winner in the E-List’s 2016 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll. We love what we do, and we let that passion shine through our work. We hope you feel it, too.