Sorry we’ve been out of touch these past few months. With market season in full swing, the kitchen has been a veritable blur of activity, most of which has been centered around fresh strawberries. As you can imagine, this very wet spring has been a drag for most farmers, and berry farmers are no exception. Here we are in the middle of June, and only this week have we seen really ripe, flavorful strawberries. Our gratitude goes out to Marven and Chris Winters for braving the muck and slugs to bring us our berry fix.
Strawberry Basil Macarons
Basil Macarons were a surprise hit at the bakery last summer. This year we have two versions – one filled with fresh basil buttercream, for the purists, and one filled with fresh strawberry buttercream.
Hubba Hubbas and Neapolitans
Simple ingredients often make the most memorable cookies. The pure strawberry flavor of our fresh buttercream makes its way into two simple shortbread rounds. The Hubba Hubbas are make with two vanilla bean shortbread pieces filled with strawberry buttercream, and the neapolitans (pictured in the opening salvo) are comprised of one round of cocoa shortbread, one vanilla, and strawberry buttercream. Ridiculously nostalgic, these mimic the colors and flavors of ice cream bearing the same name.
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Hmmm… what’s that bright white stuff in the sky? Ouch! It’s kinds hurting my eyes! Oh, that’s right, in three more days, it will be summer, and we should be experiencing a few more days like today. So strawberry cream is of course a part of the berry menu at Two Tarts!