I mentioned last Friday that one of the parents at our school stopped by to drop off some paperwork for one of her sons and happened to mention that she and a friend were going to the Italian market in Philadelphia.
She then went on to describe pastries, and cheeses, and all sorts of wonderful things and ended up asking if she could bring anyone something. I finally acquiesced, saying that I would love to take something home to my husband, and she ended up getting several pastries for all of us in the front office.
I have never been to this bakery, which is in the heart of the Italian Market, but it’s known for its award-winning pastries.
It should say Pastries since 1904, because that’s how long they’ve been in business. I was excited just to open the sweet little box.
And inside was a fruit tart for me, and an individual Italian cream cake for my husband.
Oh, be still my heart.
I was thrilled that it wasn’t a yellow custard but rather a white, thick, and only slightly sweetened cream. The top of the tiny pastry crust was lined in chocolate.
And the tart was adorned with the freshest of fruit bits. That’s a fig making an appearance on the left above. I mean, how often do you see fresh figs?
I never do.
The tart was divine.
And then there was the Italian cream cake.
My skills at food photography are extremely limited. I try to get the light right, but am terribly lacking at the styling end of it. Looking at this, I want to yell at myself for not getting out a fork and slicing a piece off to show you the inside.
But I didn’t yell, because why beat myself up over something trivial?
It was layers of cake and cream, and oh so good.
Thank you, Suanne, for going to the trouble to bring back these wonderful treats for all of us.
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On Saturday, I made cinnamon raisin bread.
And I sprinkled chocolate chips on it along with the raisins.
I don’t know what possessed me to do this. But . . .
OH. EM. GEE.
On Saturday night, for dinner, I made these french fries. They were excellent, and I’d found the recipe on Pinterest. They’re actually healthy, too, because they’re baked rather than fried.
Oven Baked Parmesan Seasoned Fries
And I also made this. Another treat I found on Pinterest, but it happened to be on one of my favorite food blogs, Kayotic Kitchen. Kay, the cooking Dutch girl, calls it her Kaytucky Chicken. The chicken is made with a cheese spread inserted into a big slice in the chicken, then wrapped in a pastry shell and baked. Delish.
I’m going to stop now because just writing this post made me so hungry that I had to go out to the kitchen and get a small bowl of Ben & Jerry’s Fro Yo. Oh, the sacrifices I make just to write a blog post, I tellya.
Hope you enjoyed ~
Until tomorrow, my friends . . .