Friday, February 24, 2017

Patti's Lemon and Chocolate Cupcakes - LMNOPQR Week - Feb. 24, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Patti's Perfect Pantry
  1. Lemon Curd Cupcake
  2. Lemon Cheesecake Cupcake
  3. Chocolate Fudge Cupcake
  4. Chocolate Chip Cupcake

Welcome to the first day (Day #1) of LMNOPQR Theme Week. We'll be continuing to work our way through the chocolate alphabet this week, starting with the letter "L."

What starts with "L" that blends well with chocolate? Answer: Lemon. I've always enjoyed bars and confections made with dark (or dark milk) chocolate and lemon.

Limoncello, lemon custard or lemon curd in a dark chocolate shell is like a little black dress in a woman's wardrobe that's simple, elegant, and always in fashion.

Today's find of the day was Patti's Perfect Pantry (Morgan Hill, CA). Their bakery, cafe and take-out offerings were all made in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. It's not every day I can enjoy a "Mad Hatter" sandwich (honey ham, Swiss cheese and pineapple) on gluten-free pumpernickel bread. (Thank you Don for finding this place.)

Chef Patti has created a series of gluten-free cupcakes, including ones with lemon and and chocolate. The two made with lemon curd were particularly delicious. I wouldn't suggest eating four whole cupcakes at one sitting. But, I did have a slice of all four mentioned above, for scientific research purposes.

I'll likely go back to Patti's to try other gluten-free chocolate cupcake flavors: brownie, chocolate peanut butter and Boston cream cupcakes, to name a few.

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