Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just A Preview Of Things To Come

Cinnamon Rolls, Pecan Sticky Buns...

Five-Seed Multigrain and Sough Whidbey Sourdough...

Challah, plain or seeded...

Danish Kringle Pastry... get it this week, it won't be back for a month!

 This week we also will be baking some new treats we discovered while visiting Australia this winter.
      Lamingtons: Delicate sponge type cake, cut into squares, dipped in a chocolate glazed and rolled in dessicated coconut. 
     ANZAC Biscuits: A crunchy oat/coconut cookie, they are super great with a great cup of coffee or tea. 
     Sonoma Fruit Loaf: If you like a slightly spiced bread, studded with dried fruits, this one is for you. This bread, some good cheese (think Little Brown Farm's fresh goat cheese) and a glass of wine is all you need. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Beginning Of Season #5 Of Tree-Top Baking

Easter Cakes... White with lemon nest cake, or Chocolate enrobed chocolate cake
Hot Cross Buns.....

There is no delaying it any longer, the season starts this week for Tree-Top.  We are  two weeks away from the opening of the Bayview Farmers Market, Saturday April 30. 

To start off the season, this Saturday we will be taking special orders for or Easter baked goods.  To see a list of the items, and pickup time/location please check our website.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Farmers Markket, San Luis Obispo, Califoria

The mountains (Questa Grade, right) overlooking San Luis Obispo, California

Every Thursday evening, year around from 6-9 pm (ok, not if it is raining, yes they are delicate there) San Luis Obisop Farmers Market is a must see. Starting in 1977 in a very interesting way it has become a major local and tourist destination with yearly sales above 3 million and over 120 vendors last year.

Farmers Market mascot, the kids love it!!!

Strawberry season is in full swing, three baskets for $5 (and they are not the flavorless ones) and artichokes, 10 for $10!!!

Santa Maria Style BBQ (Tri-Tip sandwiches on toasted garlic rolls, piled high with super tender tasty tri-tip)

Only in California, they offer a Bike Valet, park, shop and ride!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chicago, end of the visit

Chicago French Market, is a year around market, similar to Pike Place market.  Located at the West Loop in the MetraMarket.

Exquisite desserts from Vanille Patisserie, we did not make it to their main location in Lincoln Park, but they do a wonderful job a fine dessert pastries.

Al Khayam Bakery, in the Al Khayam Grocery in the Albany Park area was a real find. We happened into the store and heard a loud slapping sound from the back of the store. Larry checked and found a baker deflating pieces of dough, getting ready to bake them in an old-style oven. The baker and his assistant were more than happy to pose for us --- but they referred questions to the owner of the store who spoke English. The oven is used to bake Pitas and Taboon Bread, (shown). The store also makes and bakes an incredible selection of baklavas. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!