July 3, 2011

U.S.A. Week: Desserts

Cherry Pie at Kitchenette
If I pay homage to American food for 4th of July, I must include desserts.  This was a bit of a challenge though.  I bake and happen to think I make pretty delicious treats so my standards are a bit high.  One of my favorite desserts to make is apple pie.  Every year around Columbus Day I go out to a farm, pick some apples (I like Mutsu apples), come back home and start baking pies.
Unfortunately, for this food adventure I tasted quite a few apple pies and I was sadly disappointed.  I know this is considered the quintessential American dessert but it just didn't work out with finding a great apple pie.  But no worries, I did come across a pretty good pie at Kitchenette. They have a variety of small pies, I ate a slice of their cherry pie.  The crust had a nice buttery and sweet taste (personally I like sugar on my crust), the filling had a sweet and tangy taste; overall a great slice of pie (finally!).

Next on my list were chocolate chip cookies.  Random fact: Chocolate chips were invented in Massachusetts by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1937. I tasted a few chocolate chip cookies, but the best one I tasted this week was at Jacques Torres Chocolates in the Upper West Side.  These cookies are big and chewy, with gooey chocolate melted inside....love them!

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie
Third on the list were brownies. I went to Fat Witch in the Chelsea Market for my brownies.  Oh boy, these are AMAZING.  Soooo fudgy, I like the nice crisp layer on top.  I got two, an original and one with walnuts and both were delish.  You can get the pre-wrapped ones or you can order a freshly baked one at the counter.  I ordered the fresh ones, cause I do like that top crisp layer, I doubt you'll get that with the plastic wrapped ones.

If you have the time, grab your brownie and head over to the High Line Park (the 14th Street entrance is just south of the Chelsea Market). You can enjoy your brownie, while taking in a view of the newly expanded park.

High Line, Section 2
Whatever you do, however you choose to celebrate Independence Day, I hope you get to enjoy delicious food.  Buen Provecho!

156 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212.267.6740
Closest Subway Stop: Chambers Street (1, 2, 3)

Jacques Torres Chocolate
285 Amsterdam Avenue (Between 73rd Street & 74th Street)
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212.787.3656
Closest Subway Stop: 72nd St (1, 2, 3)
Various locations throughout the city.

Fat Witch
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 888.419.4824
Closest Subway Stop: 14th Street & 8th Avenue (A, C, E, L)