Westchester Food Lover’s Guide: Desserts
A photo guide of the county’s top baked goods.
Salt and sweet fans take note: The monstrous Saw Mill River Bar at Flour & Sun Bakery is for you. Layers of buttery Club crackers upon layers of homemade caramel and peanut-butter chips, topped with chocolate and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. Avoid motor-vehicle operation after consuming until the wonderful sweet stupor blows over.
Popular with the cyclist set, Gypsy Donuts of Nyack, New York, are not your cakey sugar-bomb dessert donuts but instead less sweet, springy varieties baked daily that are more suited for breakfast. The best part—not a hint of grease. Another bonus: they serave the Queen Mother of Coffee: Stumptown. Donut flavors change often but look for maple bacon, salted caramel, triple berry jam, and cannoli-cream-filled. And while there are no guarantees in life, if a location were to open in Westchester, there might be a Best Of selection in Gypsy’s future. Just saying.
Cheescakes come in all flavors (pumpkin, fruit-topped, marble) and styles (Pennsylvania Dutch made with farmer’s cheese, Italian with ricotta), but for the cheesecake purest, simplest is best. And Harrison Bakeshop’s unassertively lemony version sans crust is creamy without being too rich and light enough to have a second piece and not go into a sugar coma.
The Scone Lady, aka Liz Larkin, has many “sconers,” or devotees of her moist, flaky, and a bit cakey cream scones (she forgoes buttermilk and instead uses heavy cream) that are sold primarily at Scotts Corners Farmers and Bakers Market 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday, April through October. The regular flavors are blueberry, chocolate chip, cranberry orange, and “cinnful” (cinnamon streusel), but she’ll occasionally make specialty varieties like peach, zucchini currant, pumpkin, or fig rosemary orange.
Sconer Watch: Can’t make it to that far-off Westchester land called Pound Ridge (it’s where Scott Corners is located)? Larkin also drops off several dozen at Erica’s Kitchen in Bedford Village and Frannie’s Goodie Shop in Mount Kisco.
Simply made with flour, sugar, zero-trans-fat shortening, milk, and eggs, the spongy shortbread New York deli classic from Kingston, New York-based Meredith’s Bread is a simply fabulous rendition. Eat at room temperature for best flavor (note the hint of lemon). Get one (or six!) at one of the County’s many farmers’ markets, including Hastings, Muscoot Farm, Ossining, New Rochelle, Rye, Tarrytown, and White Plains.
More Desserts: Top Bake Shops / Top Treats
Beascakes Bakery & Breads
575 N Main St
Armonk, (914) 273-3612
258 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, (914) 698-2070
Chester Heights Pastry
490 New Rochelle Rd, Bronxville
City Line Deli
573 N Broadway, White Plains
Delite Bake Shop
773 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers
Flour & Sun Bakery
19 Washington Ave, Pleasantville
Gypsy Donut & Espresso Bar
18 N Franklin St, Nyack, New York
Harrison Bake Shop
357 Halstead Ave, Harrison
9 Harwood Ct, Scarsdale
Lulu Cake Boutique
40 Garth Rd, Scarsdale
10 Fisher Ave, Tuckahoe
415, Rte 28, Kingston, New York
Provisions Bake Shop
209 Wolfs Ln, Pelham
106 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville