Yesterday, a mere two days removed from that mental note, had presented an opportunity. Gearing up for an exhaustive jaunt through historic Sleepy Hollow during a rare day off, I knew we would be passing right through Tarrytown, and of course, in search of coffee and something yummy before embarking on a long day of traversing a bevy of hills by foot.
We entered and I quickly introduced myself to a smiling woman standing behind a number of display cases filled with a large assortment of delicious-looking and wonderfully decorated cookies, pastries and cakes. It was one of those places that if you were limited by sight alone, you would somehow still be able to smell the goodness emanating from within the glass enclosures.
The many confections that were offered, were not only filled with delicious flavors, but also, masterfully creative and decorated. The cupcakes were colorful and playfully tempting, and each cookie was in and of itself, its own little masterpiece.
Something I made particular note of for its creativity and inventiveness, were a stack of platters topped a small sign which read, "Chip & Cannoli Dip". In truth, I never put much thought into what a baker does with an excess of broken cannoli shells. Obviously, the Pastry Chef has thought about it and come up with a clever solution. These platters make the perfect dessert tray to bring to your next party!
Maria set three samples before us to try: nut & cannoli cream, chocolate & cannoli cream, and chocolate mousse topped with chocolate - all three in a pastry shell.
To say the cannoli cream Mr. Trindade created was everything I hoped it to be, would be an understatement. Rich and smooth with a perfectly balanced sweetness, it was nothing short of divine. The mousse, was similarly delicious, and demonstrated a light airiness that belied its rich, indulgent flavor. High marks across the board for all three, and a definite nod to the baker's talent.