Archive for February, 2012

Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Carnival , Ash Wednesday & Lent

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

First off — No, we don’t have paczki today. We are quietly celebrating Fat Tuesday with our usual range of Tuesday products — all of them delicious and carefully made, but none with the calorie density of a paczek.

We do have one special today — Jalapeno Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits. They don’t really tie into Mardi Gras in any way, but we rarely make them so I should mention it.

Now, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Hot Cross Buns

We will be baking Hot Cross Buns tomorrow and every Wednesday during Lent, and then one extra bake on Good Friday. Ours are made with an allspice spiced dough and add currents and golden raisins soaked in a bit of rum. The cross is a bit of extra dough piped on and baked with the rest of the bun, and then they get a light syrup glaze while they are still hot to give them a nice shine and sweet surface. They are as authentic to the British tradition as we can get.

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny,
Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

In other news, we used up our pecans and don’t plan to buy anymore until the price gets a little more reasonable. Starting this week, we will have Hazelnut Raisin Rounds on Friday instead of the Cranberry Pecan we’ve had since Thanksgiving. Please try it if you haven’t before. Hazelnuts add a wonderful dimension to naturally leavened bread.

Peter

St. Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!  And welcome back to my re-started blog.  With our entry into the world of Facebook, and my appearances every other week on Sunny 102’s “Shopping Show’, this blog got left in the “I really should get around to it” pile.  Sorry about it.  It’s sometimes nice to write more in depth than the 1 sentence comment on Facebook.

So, today is St. Valentine’s Day.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful day celebrating those that they love and care for in their life.  We have baked all sorts of goodies for today to help with your celebrations.   Many of them are “once a year” items, so don’t miss them.

Chocolate bread w/ Cherries

First off we have brought back our chocolate bread for just one day.  For Valentine’s Day, we’ve added brandy soaked dried cherries to go along with the lightly sweetened chocolate yeast bread and bittersweet chocolate chips.  It’s unique and delicious, especially with a bit of cream or mascarpone cheese.

Chocolate Croissant

Also, today only, we made up some chocolate croissant dough — the first time in over 2 years.  So in addition to the variety of croissants we normally have, we also have Double Chocolate, and Chocolate Almond Croissants.

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies:  I don’t know why we don’t have these all the time.  Two cookies made with ground hazelnuts with raspberry jam sandwiched between them.  They are very tender and rich with a bit sweetness from the dusting of powdered sugar dusting  and fruitiness from the jam.  Oh, I know why we don’t have them all the time.  I eat way to many of them.

Parisian Macarons:  Two lavender flavored baked almond meringue cookies with white chocolate filling sandwiched between them.  They are delicate and crispy shells surrounding the smooth rich filling .  Naturally gluten free too!

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies:  Rich and dark, just the way you like them drizzled with white chocolate.

Chocolate Rum Cake Pops

Chocolate Rum Cake Pops:  It’s cake —- On a stick.  What could be better!  They have a bit of cherry liquor in them too!

Checkerboard Cookies

Checkerboard Cookies:  Through the magic of a lot of tedious work, vanilla and chocolate sugar cookie dough are baked together in a checkerboard pattern.  What could be cuter?

Decorated Sugar Cookies:  You guessed it — hearts and other Valentines’ Day favorites.

Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Woopie Pies:  Why today? — I don’t know.  Rosemary decided to make them and we have them available for the first time today.  Whoopie pies are yet another sandwiched treat but this time the cookies are more like stiff cakes and the layer between them is marshmallow.  Now, we could have just opened a jar of “Fluff” or melted down some store bought marshmallows.  But no, we made the marshmallow filling from scratch.  Why?  Because the marshmallows you can buy at the store are only remotely related to real marshmallow, and real marshmallow tastes wonderful!  Try them — You’ll see!

Cupcakes

Cupcakes and other little cakes — Some Gluten free and vegan, some are not:  What can I say? — They are wonderful and decorated with little hearts and such.  The flavors today are Chocolate Eclair, Chocolate Strawberry  The vegan GF cakes are chocolate with gouache covering them.

Now we are getting down to the more normal things we usually have, but are still worth mentioning.  Granola, spinach dip, coffee cakes, brioche muffins.  We also baked off some full brioche loaves this morning.  There is absolutely nothing better for french toast!  It’s also just wonderful toasted with a little butter.

Brioche Loaves

That’s all I can think of for now.  I’ll write more soon.  We have Ash Wednesday and Lent coming up, so I’ll have to talk about Hot cross Buns again.

Have a wonderful day — It’s lovely outside!  Please stop by and say hello.  We’ll always have samples for you to try.

Peter