Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sweet Stroll: Shelley's Specialty Desserts Bakery Review

Part of the World:     5845 W. Palmaire, Glendale, Arizona

Sight:        The exterior of the little historic home in Catlin Court Historic District, with its happy pastries painted on one of its sides, lets you know you’re near some joyful treats. Upon opening the door, and hearing the buzz sound that a customer has arrived, I felt as though I had walked into an historic jewel box. Given its cozy interior, you’ll find yourself among a pretty pink wall, a dainty crystal chandelier, little black iron café tables, a chilled glass case with many fresh items ready for purchase, and then the front counter itself which displays cakes, pies, bars, cake pops, petit fours.

Aroma:    The aroma was delicate. No scent was overpowering, and there was a slight hint of confectioner’s sugar mingling in the air.

Taste:        I tried the Lemon Bar. Complete lemony perfection. Try to just take a single bite of this lemon bar and walk away. You will be right back. Shelley makes everything from scratch. The lemons are plentiful and fresh, the crust is flaky and crisp in the right areas. (Below is my first personal culinary photo. I'm learning!)

Bonus:     Buttermilk Pie. Shelly makes a delicious buttermilk pie, and this is her trademark treat. She'll offer you a sample. It is a cool, refreshing treat especially welcome on a hot summer day.   

Kid-Friendly:    With an upcoming cookie decorating event and the pirate and princess cake pops on display, this felt like a definite kid-friendly place. I brought home a rice krispie, chocolate, marshmallow, peanut butter, and chocolate brownie bar for my kids to share for dessert after their dinner. These bars are large enough to share. They LOVED this decadent, dense, multi-flavorful bar. Our after dinner dessert conversation brought on a lovely discussion about the importance of peanut butter and rice krispies for the kid in all of us.

Cost: About $3.25-$3.75 for each item.

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