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