To wrap up my relaxing Saturday morning at the Phoenix Open Air Market in downtown Phoenix, I strolled pass a booth piled high with rich dense breads of sourdough, Ciabatta, and Rosemary. It wasn’t the bread though that grabbed my attention this time; there towards the end of their booth were the SWEETS. Macarons, Breakfast Cakes, Baklava, Muffins and sweet cranberry pecan bread. Now I was home.
Pastry Chef, Dimitrios Gkigkis of Mediterra Bakehouse uses long time family & original recipes from his European background and says what makes his pastries the best is that he uses “100% pure love” in everything he creates. The Baklava he shared with me has been a family tradition for over 50 years and he buys all of his pistachio’s locally. While sitting with Dimitrios, his parents were their at the market as well helping as the guests continued to line up to purchase all of the delicious pastries. Both with very strong accents, I watched as his father continued to nudge the Candied Oranges my way. What were these adorably jarred little treats?
As I packaged my items to go, I quickly rushed home to examine the jar of candied oranges. Once again a family recipe, Dimitrios and his father told me they would eat these oranges right out of the jar, on breads or sweets. Well, I didn’t hesitate to slice into the cranberry pecan loaf, which was crisp on the outside, but extremely moist in the inside. Each bite was filled with deliciously sweet cranberries and nuts while having a crunch in crust. I then spooned a few candied oranges onto the loaf and slowly bit in. Sweet, but not too sweet. Texture, but not too much texture. The sweetness of the oranges paired with the chewy cranberries truly set my taste buds for a whirl. The flavors and textures all complimented each other very well and in that moment I wished I was sitting on a patio somewhere on vacation watching the sun rise early in the morning. It was like one of those breakfast treats that you would only experience when being treated by some resort style breakfast in bed. And to think, you could experience all this with just one stroll down to the market.
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