Sugar Sweets Festival

Sugar-Sweets-Poster-web

This Sunday, October 6th, City Reliquary will be hosting its 4th Annual Sugar Sweets Festival. The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Through permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections and annual cultural events, the City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York. The Sugar Sweets Festival is a family-friendly celebration of New York’s bakers and sweet-makers. The festival will feature a bake sale– which supports the museum and civic organization– as well as a blue ribbon baking competition, demonstrations and entertainment.

I will be participating at this event as a judge (!) and will be providing a few dozen candy Buckeyes. I’ve also been asked to sit a spell at the Ask the Baker table, where I will be answering (or at least attempting to answer) baking-related questions.

This year’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and baked goods will range in price from $1 to $4 apiece. Goodies will be provided by A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn, Betty Bakery, The Blue Stove, Momofuku Milk Bar, Peter Pan Donuts, Salties, Steve’s Key Lime Pies, Treats Truck and other home bakers and sweetmakers. Coffee will be provided by Olso Coffee.

There will also be music, apron decorating, raffles and more entertainment!

Blue ribbons will be awarded to non-professional bakers in the following categories: Best Vegan/Gluten-Free; Best Fall-Flavored; Most Creative Cupcake; Chocolatastic (this is the one I’ll be judging!); and Best in Brooklyn.

For more information, go to sugarsweet.org or cityreliquary.org. You can also contact the organizer Jeff Tancil at jeff@cityreliquary.org or by phone at (718) 782-4842.

The City Reliquary is located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For those taking advantage of public transportation, take the L train to Lorimer St. or the G train to Metropolitan Ave.

Upcoming Events Where You Can Find My Baked Goods

Hi everyone!
The Brooklyn Baker is at it again. This coming week, I’ll be baking for two (count ‘em, two!) literary events at Word bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Tuesday night, you can find my Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting and Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla ‘Butter’cream Frosting at a Largehearted Lit event featuring authors Nathan Larson and Joshua Cody. Wednesday night, you can sample Blueberry Scones and Lemon Scones for the book release party for Leanna Hieber and her new book “Darker Still”. Leanna is bringing Earl Grey tea to go with the scones!

Both events are free and open to the public! For more information, check out the Word events page at the link above.

Pie in the Park 2010

Today I participated in the 4th Annual Pie in the Park event at Prospect Park. This event brings together bakers and eaters to raise money for various causes and people. Today’s event raised money for SCRATCHbread, a Brooklyn bakery that’s trying to purchase a new oven.

I baked a pie I called “Stars in Your Eyes Whiskey Apple Pie”, which was a basic apple pie with a healthy dose of Jim Beam and a star crust similar to my Fourth of July Apple Pie.

Stars in Your Eyes Whiskey Apple Pie

There were a LOT of pies at this event today. Cherry pies with bacon and duck lard crusts, lemon tarts, blueberry almond and more. Sweet pies, savory pies and even some whoopie pies.

The event was scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The amazing turnout led to pretty much all the pies being eaten in about twenty minutes – bad news for my friends who got there at 3 p.m. I feel that with just a touch more organization (maybe some kind of a line for the eaters, rather than a swarm?), this event could be outstanding.

Sadly, I didn’t win any of the prizes (Best Presentation, Best Crust, Best Filling or Very Best Pie), but I’m already plotting my pie for next year’s event, and expect an even bigger turnout. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love pie???

Here are a few photos from today’s event:

Pie in the Park
Setting up.

Worms in Dirt pie
The Worms in Dirt Pie, which won Best Presentation, and deservedly so.

Pie in the Park
Photographing pies and bakers.

Pie in the Park
Pies.

Pie in the Park
Waiting to dig in!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Here are a couple of nice write ups and photos of the event:

Snap Food

Metromix NYC

(A post about my pie will be coming soon!)

Bakery Review: Almondine (Park Slope)

Almondine Bakery
Park Slope Location
442 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 832-4607

Almondine Bakery is a small, cozy bakery in the style of a classic French patisserie. It’s nestled under a row of traditional Brooklyn brownstones, with French doors that open up to busy 9th Street.

Almondine Bakery

The bakery case features an array of ever-changing pastries, cookies, cakes and tortes that can include anything from macaroons to apple tarts to decadent mousses. On a previous visit, I had one of those apple tarts, which was a lightly sweetened four-bite pastry that let the apple flavor shine.

On this visit, I decided to go for something chocolately, and what could be more chock-a-block with chocolate than Chocolate Mousse?
Chocolate Mousse

The mousse itself was rich and creamy, its small size belying its impact on the tongue. It was the sort of pure, unadulterated chocolate that makes a person instantly happier. The mousse was, however, hidden under a layer of chocolate shavings that, upon first bite, were delicious and fun to eat, each twig melting as soon as it hit the mouth, but after the third or fourth bite, became tiresome and annoying. I wanted the mousse, but had to make my way through the forest of shavings to get to it. I feel that two bites of chocolate shavings would have gotten the point across, been fun to eat and would have served as a beautiful garnish. Four bites were just too much.

My husband also decided to go the chocolate route and got himself a large chocolate macaroon.
Chocolate Macaroon

The bite I had was the epitome of French macaroon, the almond flavoring ever so subtly present, but the chocolate flavor taking center stage. My husband proclaimed it to be “delicious and filling”.

Almondine also features fresh baked breads, which seem to be ever popular, as well as Chocolate Chip Cookies which I’ve never seen, but have heard many rumors about. Both times I’ve been to Almondine, the cookies have been long gone, so I hope someday to taste them and see what all the fuss is about!

The Park Slope location is Almondine’s second, the first can be found on Water Street in DUMBO.