Sweet Spots: Midwest Bakery Recipes
Fill a traditional cannoli shell with sweet ricotta, chocolate chips, and a hint of rum and vanilla for our version of the Italian dessert. For the real thing, visit Presti's in Cleveland.
Janice's Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
Minnesota wild rice adds chewiness to this moist, chocolaty cake from Salty Tart in Minneapolis.
Opal's Walnut Shortbread Cookies
Patrick Groth, owner-chef of Incredibly Delicious, uses his grandmother's recipe for these cookies. "Use the best walnuts you have and fresh butter," he advises.
Brown Butter Tarts with Sour Cherries
Buttery-sweet individual tarts get topped with dried tart red cherries, figs or dates at Salty Tart bakery in Minneapolis.
Farmers Market Brownies
Patrick Groth, owner-chef of Incredibly Delicious, says these ingredients should be mixed and placed in the oven as quickly as possible for best flavor. "We sell these at the local farmers market. They are really good with fresh whipped cream and berries," Patrick says.
Lemon Curd Tart
"The lemon curd is one of our favorite workhorses," says Patrick Groth of Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois. "My mother, who has worked for us for the last 16 years, is the only one who makes it. Hers is perfect, tart and smooth."
Presti's customers love their layered espresso-mascarpone Italian dessert, but the recipe is a secret. This is our version, with an espresso syrup, mascarpone-vanilla filling and ladyfingers.