For this acclaimed pastry chef, home tastes like a coffee cake

Editor’s note: This is fourth in an occasional series about the childhood memories, sparked by a particular dish, of notable people in the food world.


Pastry chef Mindy Segal with her Mindy’s Artisanal Edibles collection, made in collaboration with the largest cannabis cultivator in Illinois. (Jennifer Olson Photography/Courtesy of Cresco Labs)

Shirley’s Coffee Cake; see recipe, below. (Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post)

“You’re grounded.”

Remember those days? Mindy Segal does. Her parents grounded her regularly while she was growing up in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. She was dyslexic, a bad student with a bad attitude by her own admission, who preferred to skip school and hop a bus downtown. But once she was stuck at home with nothing

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