No Pie Like Apple (Strudel) Pie

Who can resist an apple pie? I know very few people who can say that they don’t like apple pie, but I know there must be a few denied souls out there some where. The Angel Food Bakery makes makes mini pies of various flavors. My recent visit I picked up an Apple Strudel pie.

This is a best of a both world’s for me. If you enjoy the crumble top of an apple crisp, the flaky crust of a fine strudel, and sweet-tart of apple filling then this is a pie you will savor.

The photographs really don’t do this pie justice. Go now, don’t stop, hurry get to the Angel Food Bakery and say “Apple Strudel Pie” please.

Almond Light Flaky Pastry – What More Do You Want?

Stopping by Fritz’s Pasty I noticed that they had one of my favorite items. Now I have to warn you that this is a favorite for a lot of people. Most of the time I stop by they’ve sold out of the Almond Croissants.

The Almond Croissant and a cup of French Roast coffee is the perfect “pick me up” for the mid afternoon drag.

The Famous “Veruca Salt” Cupcake

Fans of  Willy Wonka or “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” may recall this as name of one of the characters from the story. For those who don’t have a clue, “Veruca” was the spoiled immature brat of a little girl whose rich parents gave her whatever she wants. This extended to the point that her father purchased “Wonka” candy bars by the case loads, and had workers at his factory open each one in search of the “golden ticket” to tour the Wonka factory.

The Bleeding Heart Bakery is doing its part to bring fame to the name “Veruca Salt”. It turns out that this has become one of the more popular cupcake flavors they offer.

Michele Garcia co-owner of Bleeding Heart Bakery has mentioned that when she takes this cupcake off the menu to make room for some other flavors she gets request for it. Since I’ve tried it I have to say to Michele that the “Veruca Salt” cupcake deserves a regular place on the menu.

The Elegance of the Peanut Presented in a Cookie

If you’ve been following this blog you know that I typically cannot pass by a display of cookies without giving it close inspection. In my recent venturing into the Bleeding Heart Bakery (Roscoe Village neighborhood in Chicago location) the first thing that got my attention was the cookies in the display case. The peanut butter cookie was the selection of the day.

Now for those of you not familiar with Bleeding Heart Bakery it’s one of the few organic bakeries in the city of Chicago. If you’re visiting either of their two locations (other location is in Oak Park, IL) you might get the chance to see some actual Food Network Challenge champions. That’s right, Michelle & Vinny Garcia, the owners were  winners on an Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge episode that aired recently.

St. Tropez Cake – A Cake with Style

The brioche is an extremely versatile platform for producing some of the most interesting and delicious bake goods. I discovered the St. Tropez cake recently at Fritz Pastry.

This is a brioche that has been sliced into two halves. Sandwiched between the two halves you find vanilla custard and butter cream.  If you are at Fritz Pastry you have to try this.

Simple Pleasure Is Sometimes What We Crave

For anyone following this blog they must be thinking that I have cupcake on the brain. As it turns out this morning I went to Fritz Pastry and decided that I wanted something very basic for breakfast.

Scanning the baker’s rack I knew I found my love of the day. The basic butter croissant. Well there’s actually nothing basic about this. Warm it ever so slightly and it melts in your mouth.

Did someone say something about cheesecake?

OK, I know it was so cruel of me to mention the cheesecake cupcakes available at Molly’s Cupcakes without posting the photo. So here it is. To be more specific Molly’s Cupcakes will have a specially featured flavor for a limited time. On my visit the flavor was blueberry cheesecake.

When I saw it I knew without asking what flavor it was. The blueberries, graham cracker crust crumble, and cheesecake filling was all in plain view.  My eyes were seeing a cupcake. My mouth was tasting cheesecake.