Holiday 2012 - Chanintr Living
© FOOD SPOTTINGHeavenlyDessertsPastiche Fine Desserts92 Spruce StreetProvidence, RI(401) 861.5190pastichefinedesserts.com–20–Christmas and New Year are upon us once again. Whatcould be better to celebrate the joyful holidays thandelicious sweet treats?We often think of this tiny gem we stumbled uponthrough a friend’s recommendation back in our collegedays in New England. Located on historic Federal Hill inProvidence, Rhode Island, Pastiche Fine Desserts stillmakes the best Carrot Cake just like the first time weenjoyed it two decades ago. In fact, it is so extraordinarythat we drive 2.5 hours to pick up our order. Moist, richand sweet, their famous Carrot Cake topped with walnutand cream cheese is just one of their signature items.
Another favorite includes Banana Cream Tart, an allbutter tart shell filled with fresh ripe bananas and foldedinto vanilla custard. Their version of Tiramisu calledItalian Mascarpone Torte, is not to be missed. Lightgenoise and vanilla sponge cake are brushed withespresso rum syrup, then layered with creamy mascarponefilling and unsweetened cocoa. Finally it is finishedwith a coffee buttercream. Do we need to say more?A delicious treat that changes according to the season istheir Fresh Fruit Tart. They fill butter tart shells withvanilla custard and top them with fresh fruits of theseason neatly. Simple but delectable.Pecan Russian Teacake, Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk,Almond Biscotti and Lemon Squares are equally goodand perfect to share.Today they still offer the same quality and consistency fromrecipes developed over the years. All desserts are made ‘inhouse’ from scratch. And to our surprise, the cafe manager isstill the same person who greeted us 20 years ago.If you are in the Boston area, just take I-95 South for 50minutes and indulge yourself with their memorablecakes and pies. The cafe is very cozy and quaint with aworking fireplace during the cold crisp days.–21–