Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Support Your Local Pastry Slinger!
It is no secret that my favorite bakery in Cache Valley is SWEETLY DIVINE Pastry Shop.
The owner Mark is a great pastry chef and his food is always great.
He offers European style dessert pastries, breakfast pastries, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, lemon bars, bread pudding, cakes, pies, cookies, soups, pirogis, sandwiches, homemade gelato (roasted banana is my favorite), and amazing homemade jalapeno jellies in a variety of flavors.
There really is something for everyone. If you want to make a custom order he is happy to oblige, I custom ordered 3 cream cakes and 2 of his fantastic mice cakes as cake toppers for my wedding. Oh and he also did an engagement cake for us with a customized marzipan scroll...none of that inedible fondant crap...but I can't locate the photo of it.
(top layer was caramel chocolate mousse cake, next layer was white chocolate raspberry mousse cake, and the bottom layer was white cake layered with strawberries and cream. The mice are made from a vanilla cake and a layer of raspberry mousse, covered in white chocolate.)
Unfortunately the recession has hit the shop hard and he has been struggling to stay open. In addition to that he just sent a son off on an LDS mission, they have had some unexpected medical bills, Mark's car died and he can't afford a new one, and his refrigerated cases went out and he had to pay a lot of money to get them working again. To top of this misery sundae, last night the shop was broken into. Someone broke the lock on the door, smashed the cash register, and stole a few other items.
It would be awful for the valley to lose this treasure because of a string of really nasty bad luck. Please do Mark a favor and stop by and buy something. If you have never been there before now would be the perfect time to give them a try.
Let me clue you in on a little secret here...buy the pierogis! Take them home and put them in a pot of boiling water for about 6 minutes or until they float, take them out with a strainer and immediately plop them in a hot skillet with some melted butter and brown lightly on each side. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a little chopped bacon. It is Polish comfort food and it is one of my favorite meals.
Here is there website: http://www.sweetlydivine.com/
You can find them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SWEETLY-DIVINE/119606001970
They are located just west of main street in the shopping complex adjacent to Shopko, between Mr. Mac and Zeppe's. They are open from 10am to 10pm.
He is starting to offer cooking videos on his website, this is his bread pudding recipe: