Yaddo Artists Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York.
At first I thought maybe I'd try to concoct something in the microwave, or a no-bake dessert that simply required putting together. Somehow those options didn't seem too tempting.
Anyway, just because I couldn't bake didn't mean I couldn't eat. And so, off I went into town in search of something delicious to sample. I ended up at the Putnam Market, where I found not one but three distinctive citrusy desserts. (I know, three citrus-themed posts in a row. I promise next week to branch out.)
The first dessert I tasted was a lemon petit four, glazed in white chocolate dyed yellow. To me, there's something magical about petit fours. Sometimes I have dreams that I'm at a buffet table covered with trays of petit fours in rainbow colors and I can have as many as I want. In real life, petit fours do come in an array of astounding colors, but they certainly aren't free, and they don't come cheap, often going for three bucks a pop. But these amazing little confections, like this one, are worth every penny: delicate layers of cake glued with lemon curd, coated in a firm candied glaze.
Next, I tried a "lemon burst," a lemon cake with lemon curd and a lemon "ganache" inside that tasted like an intense, creamy mousse. The cake layers were pillow soft with a bright citrus flavor that seemed to melt into the mousse and curd on top and in between. I need to try to recreate this one at home.
The final treat was a "mojito cupcake." The name alone compelled me to buy one. It's a standard buttery cupcake filled with lime curd and topped with a mint buttercream. The cupcake, I have to say, tasted nothing like a mojito, but was delicious all the same, maybe because the combination of the mint and lime flavors didn't really blend, as in a mojito. It was more that I tasted them separately, but each was delicious on its own. And the cake was feathery, with a rich buttery flavor.
Next week, back to the kitchen!