Fruit Variations

Three photos-variations on Fruit- pastries, a bowlful and a single red apple.

Mark brought a pastry box filled with “fruits” from Mozart’s Austrian Cafe down on High Street in Columbus. The peach had marzipan inside. I checked out their menu and plan to get a piece of apple strudel before I return to Pittsburgh. Their dessert descriptions are enticing. You can eat in their restaurant, too. Piano bar.

Gluten free Tortes available

Esterhazy Torte
A traditional Hungarian torte, the Esterhazy is made from individually baked layers of flourless almond meringue filled with a rum-infused almond buttercream, and decorated with a distinct chocolate striped pattern.  7″, $35, Decorated $40

And at Mark and Erika’s home, on the same kitchen counter as the pastries sat a large wooden bowl filled with fresh fruit.

I chose one to wash and cut up into slices.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Brother Michael’s photograph is on the wall at Rocco’s Pasticceria down on Bleecker Street.

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Brother Michael LaMantia served “51 years as a brother in the Scalabrini Order and nearly 40 years at the parish in the heart of Greenwich Village.”

(Our Lady of Pompeii Church is across the street from Rocco’s.  My sister says there is a memorial to Brother Michael in the church.

Before Brother Michael passed in 2013, he gave the Pasticceria this statue of Saint Rocco.  Brother Michael is Gone, But Not Forgotten. 

Thanks to Krista Evans for this challenge

St.  Rocco

Rocco's Pasticceria

Rocco’s on Bleecker Street.

pastry

For the story of Saint Rocco you can check out the link in this post from the Saint Rocco Festival in Pittsburgh

Franco (posing for me with a cheesecake below) is the one who showed me Brother Michael’s prayer card on the wall at Rocco’s and told me that Brother Michael had given the Saint Rocco Statue to the store. Franco has been at Rocco’s for more than thirty years!

Franco

Here is Franco posing for me with a cheesecake.  Mary and I stopped in Saturday night for a coffee and pastry after a nice day at Galleries and Target First Night at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Burnt Almond Torte and Copycat Recipe

Different regions prefer certain pastries, baked goods.  Burnt Almond Torte is popular in Pittsburgh. I’ve seen it as a wedding cake. tiered!  Who brought the recipe here I don’t know but many Pittsburghers LOVE it.  I’d never tasted one until we moved here.  This one is from the Oakmont Bakery.  Joan brought it to dinner one night.  We split it three ways. Don’t know who ate the cherry.  Not me.  But before we devoured it, I photographed it.  Here is a link to the Recipezaar Copycat Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte recipe in case you want to have a taste of Pittsburgh Pastry/Dessert.  I hear there’s one where chocolate is involved.