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Happy Cookie Friday: The Essential Bakery

The Essential Bakery Cafe in Madison Park is a loverly place to visit on a sunny Spring afternoon.   Especially if you’re looking for a cookie to satisfy your regular Friday craving.   It was a toss up between the sable cookie and the macaroon.

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Normally the macaroon wouldn’t tempt me because coconut isn’t my favorite.  However, when you put de lime on de coconut and you toast it all together, it’s a whole new ballgame.  And while there was no lime on this macaroon, it was toasted a brilliant golden, caramelized brown that promised bursts of flavorful pleasure in each bite.  And they’re dipped in chocolate.

In addition to the macaroon, I couldn’t resist a prettily powdered slice of something called “bostock.”  Whatsit?  It’s a “thick slice of brioche dipped in simple syrup, slathered with almond paste and almond slices, then baked for a rich, caramelized flavor and dusted with powdered sugar.”  I blame Bakery Nouveau for turning me on to all things almond paste.

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When faced with the dilemma of choosing, the only choice is not to.  Eat a big bite of both and nobody gets their feelings hurt.

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The bostock was like a crunchy almond toast that would’ve been great dipped into a hot mocha.  It’s no almond croissant from BN, but it is very good if you don’t feel like driving across town.

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This is probably the best macaroon I’ve ever tasted.  The toasted coconut and sweet innards is a spectacular ball of chewy, gooey wonderful.  The dark chocolate bottom was just enough not to overwhelm the cookie and cut the sweetness just right.

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Fancy fruity fizzies called Izzes and Limonatas sat in a cold case near the door, but I’ve never been one to drink my calories–why waste calories when I could have another cookie?

Get yourself to the Essential and eat a macaroon as soon as possible, and while you’re there, check out the bostock.  Next time I’m going for the raspberry sable.

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Happy Cookie Friday, man.

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