Posts Tagged ‘farmers market desserts’

Deborah’s Pies

May 12, 2017

It’s farmer’s market season once again, and why not start with Ballard (my personal favorite, along with the U-District market)? There were all my old favorites – Soda Jerk, Pete’s Toffee, Sweet Caroline… and a new vendor (well, new to me) called Deborah’s Pies.

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Deborah was there, in the flesh, selling a variety of both sweet and savory pies. I appreciated the range of flavors, not to mention the different size options. I went with two small pies – strawberry rhubarb, and marionberry.

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The pies came with specific reheating instructions, which I followed to the letter and served with ice cream. The verdict? Marionberry was the winner (the rhubarb pie was a little runny). We did feel the crusts could have been flakier, but overall, not a bad slice of pie!

Last Round of Market Treats

October 2, 2015

Saying goodbye to summer means saying goodbye to many of my favorite farmer’s market vendors, but I thought I’d squeeze in one more round of highlights. The first vendor, Hawaii’s Donut, can be a little hard to track down. They don’t have a website, and their brick and mortar location in Northgate is closed. But they do have a Facebook page, and they’re worth seeking out at one of the markets and festivals they attend.  Their specialty is a Portuguese donut called a malasada. They’re basically dense balls of fried dough filled with cream or jelly. They’re popular in Hawaii, but really they should be popular everywhere.

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What I liked best about this place (which I found at the Fremont Sunday Market this summer) was the freshness of the dough. They fry it right in front of you so that the donut is still warm and moist, and the oil temperature seems pretty perfect.  No soggy or stale donuts here!

Next up is the easier-to-find Honest Biscuits, which also has a new, permanent spot in Pike’s Place Market. Most of their biscuit options are savory, but I went salty-sweet by pairing a warm “Pike’s Place Biscuit” (biscuit with Beecher’s cheese cubes in it) with their jam.

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I was really impressed – biscuit was the proper texture and the cheese chunks added a nice complexity to the whole concoction. Next I’ll be trying some of the savory sandwich options. So yes, I’m sad summer’s over, but on a positive note it means I’ll be checking out some of the many new bakeries that have popped up all over the city!

Market Cookies

August 11, 2015

I can’t stop/won’t stop with the farmer’s market madness. Every time I visit a market I’m overwhelmed at the selection of goodies available, but today I’ll just take a second to focus on the cookies. Available at many markets (including Ballard, Wallingford, and Madrona) is Pinckney Cookies, born of one man’s quest for the perfect cookie recipe. I’d say he’s pretty darn close, as these cookies are addictive, complex, and original.

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I’ve tried every flavor (Pinckney is VERY generous with the samples) and I ended up buying a lot over the course of the summer. My favorites are the classic chocolate chip (rich, proper density and texture, YUM), dark chocolate oatmeal, and the Pinckney Original (chocolate mixed into the dough, walnuts, dark chocolate chips). My dad (and I) loved the oatmeal raisin because it isn’t too sweet and has interesting spices to elevate the flavor. The flavor of the day is reliably delicious, especially the whiskey one! Count me as a fan.

On the other end of the cookie spectrum (read, flourless) is the macaron stand by Luv Macarons. I never really got into the whole macaron craze (too light, sweet, and almondy) but I have to say, these little cookies make the perfect after-lunch dessert at work. Not too heavy, but enough to satisfy.

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So many fun flavors – they use real fruit and you can tell a lot of care goes into their product. My cookies got a bit melty on this hot summer day but they tasted great – light, flavorful, and sweet. Find them at the Terry Ave Saturday Market, the Fremont Sunday Market, and the Wallingford Farmer’s Market. Happy eating!

Adrienne’s Cakes and Pies

May 30, 2015

The U-District Farmers Market is one of my favorite foodie activities in Seattle, and I was excited to see how many new dessert vendors they’ve added. I restricted myself to just one on this last visit, but I’ll be back to try the others. I chose Adrienne’s Cakes and Pies because the fresh rhubarb won’t be around forever, and I can’t say no to strawberry rhubarb pie.

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There was a decent selection of mini-pies and cupcakes, and I chose two of each. (Side note: the best thing about mini-pies is the high crust-to-filling ratio.)  For my cupcakes I picked the samoa and chocolate:

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The samoa cupcake didn’t do it for me (a little bland) but the chocolate cupcake was excellent (especially the cake part) and the pie was on point. But the winner was actually the mixed berry pie:

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I loved the crust of both pies, but the mixed berry had the right amount of sweetness and an incredibly bright taste.  Adrienne’s doesn’t have a storefront, but makes appearances at several farmers markets (including West Seattle and Columbia City). Check the website for details and then check them out!