Thursday, September 20, 2012

Room for Dessert?

Ferrara's!!! Enough said. Check out their website for a first look to see what they offer: Ferrara Bakery & Cafe. It is such a treat to enter the edifice with shelves full of baked goods, mirrors lining the walls and smiling faces of contentment. 

Shown below (left to right):
Strawberry, Blueberry and Raspberry Tarts
Hand-dipped, Hand-Filled Frozen Chocolate Cannolis and Cannoli Specials (My Fave!!!)
Chocolate-Covered Eclairs
Palmier's or Cinnamon Elephant's Ear Cookies

So what are you waiting for, take your special someone and some friends and visit!

195 Grand Street
between Mulberry & Mott St.
(212) 226-6150
Hours of operation:
Open 7 days a week
Sunday-Friday 8am- Midnight
Saturdays 8am- 1am

On a past occasion, on a warm Brooklyn afternoon on Brighton Beach, I stumbled upon a "Food Street Fair" kind of ordeal. Although not organized as a Street Fair, may of the locals took it upon themselves to sell desserts and bags of cut-up fresh produce (ie. Mangos, Grapefruit/Orange blends) on side streets nearing the Q train. Brilliant location. These desserts were selling like Hotcakes!!! (Woo hoo! double entendre!) 

Among some of the desserts shown above are:

Baklava, a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry dough, filled with chopped nuts and a sweetened syrup, often honey is used). Here is a link to a simple and great way to making your very own Baklava at home!:

Russian Tea Biscuits, or Tea Cookies, usually served around major holidays, are well known for their folded-in fillings (made with jams, preserves, nuts and/or raisins), cinnamon-sugar topping and flaky outer crust. 

Babka (predominately served as chocolate or cinnamon). This cake is compared to being the "cousin" of coffee cake. It is the most spectacular, decadent bioche-based made cakes you will ever get your hands on! 

*The BEST places to get the BEST Babka:

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