When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts for my spouse I think I’m the worst. I never really know what to get her so I usually end up buying some crummy heart-shaped box of wax tasting chocolates with a hand written note that says “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Not super romantic or thoughtful, I know.
Do yourself a favor and don’t follow my playbook. Instead look to one of our local bakeries for a good Valentine’s treat. If you’re looking to impress, get your sweetie something sweet at the Tarahumara Bakery and Tortilleria, Midway Country Corner, or the Backerei and Café Eis at the Zermatt. Each of these bakeries has unique pastries that will tantalize and tempt you at ever sight and smell!
Since I want to give you only the best advice, and as a pastry/baked goods lover, I graciously accepted the task to sample each of these bakeries most popular pastries.
Tarahumara is known throughout the valley for great Mexican food, but adjacent to the restaurant is the Bakery and Tortilleria. Their most popular item is the Tres Leches Cake. You can order a whole cake or buy it by the slice. This was my first time trying Tres Leche Cake and I have to say it was really good! Besides Tres Leche, the Tarahumara Bakery has other classics like éclairs, cookies, and tarts, but also has some fun things like Spudnuts, churros, and other Chihuahua inspired treats.
Known for their specialty cakes, like wedding cakes decorated to the hilt or themed cakes crafted to all sorts of shapes and designs, this country bakery also has a wide variety of treats like cupcakes, cookies, and muffins ready for purchase. Their most popular item is their signature “Cigars” made from almond cookie, filled with different flavored creams, and finally dipped in chocolate. I got two, one Raspberry filled, and the other chocolate hazelnut. They were so good, it was hard to share them with the folks in the office.
Next to the Zermatt Resort is the Backerei and Café Eis. This European styled bakery and pastry shop has treats that will take you to the Swiss Alps, but their most popular treat is a Key Lime Pie. If you are Key Lime Pie connoisseur this cream pie treat will revile the best you ever had. They also have some of your traditional treats like éclairs and a cinnamon roll the size of a dinner plate, but if you’re looking for something light and decadent check out their chocolate croissant.
This Valentine’s Day do something nice for your sweetie and take him or her to one (or all three) of these bakeries to get a great treat from some great local bakers. Also all three will have chocolate covered strawberries on Valentines. Enjoy!
by Dallin Koecher