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Today is National Pastry Day

Submitted by on December 9, 2010 – 12:08 amOne Comment

Yes, Road Trips Foodies, life is sweet — and never more so than on National Pastry Day, otherwise known as December 9.

Here’s a smattering of desserts that are the personal favorites of chefs across the country:

Aurora Inn & E.B. Morgan House, 391 Main Street, Aurora, New York
Pastry Chef Trina Myers: Christmas Cookies
“I really don’t have one favorite holiday dessert, but I do love making—and, of course, eating—Christmas cookies, like cut-outs, spritz, and Russian teacakes. All day, as family begins arriving the day before Christmas, one by one we gather together around the kitchen table to share in making caramel corn, cookies, and popcorn balls. The spirit of Christmas really comes alive on that day through conversation and a lot of laughter.”

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, Courthouse Neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia
Pastry Chef David Guas: Pecan Pie
“I’ve probably been eating pecan pie since I was in diapers. Nut allergies? Please. Southerners are weaned from the bottle with pecan pie, celebrate marriage with pecan pie, and say goodbye to loved ones with pecan pie. Like most Louisianans, I ate the bulk of my pecan pie at the kitchen table surrounded by relatives and friends, and Christmas always provides the perfect opportunity for pecan pie.”

Brasserie Beck, 1101 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Chef Brian Klein: Pineapple Upside Down Cake
“My favorite dessert is my grandmother’s pineapple upside down cake. She always had it sliced so it was easy to sneak pieces from the plate, and I ended up ruining my appetite for dinner every year. Now, whenever I design a holiday menu there is always my grandmother’s cake, and an extra slice put away for me.”

The Clifton Inn, 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia
Pastry Chef Christine Ward: Chocolate Mousse Cake
“My favorite Christmas dessert would have to be my chocolate mousse cake that I make every year for my parents’ Christmas Eve party. I always make sure that I have one cake for the party, and then one more cake as a backup for us to eat after the party.”

The Inn at Dos Brisas, 10000 Champion Drive, Washington, Texas
Chef Craig Shelton: Bûche de Noël
“Every single year since my birth my mother has baked a Bûche de Noël for Christmas Dinner. It’s not Christmas until we dig right in and take that first bite!”

Mesón 923, 923 South Peters, New Orleans, Louisiana
Chef Baruch Rabasa: See’s Candy Nuts and Chews
“For me, my favorite holiday dessert is not actually a dessert, but candy. Every year my grandfather would send my sister and me a small box of See’s Candy Nuts and Chews for Christmas. The tradition started thirty years ago when See’s Candy was just a small enterprise and special candy maker in California. Now, it has become an American classic, but it is still very special to our family. My mother carries on the tradition, and there has not been a single year when I did not receive a box of See’s Candy for Christmas. Nothing but ‘Nuts and Chews!’”

PassionFish, 11960 Democracy Drive, Reston Town Center, Reston, Virginia:
Chef Chris Clime: Chocolate Heath Bar Cake
“My absolute favorite holiday dessert is this chocolate fudge cake Chef Jeff Tunks’ wife, Katherine, introduced our family to on our first Christmas with the restaurant group. You start off with a thick chocolate fudge cake, poke holes in it with a straw, fill the holes with sweet condensed milk, and then cover the entire cake with smashed Heath Bar pieces. It is awesome!”

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