Who knew we had local star bakers?! Our little Friendly Bake Shop on Main Street in Frankfort, New York will host Buddy Valastro, of TLC's "Cake Boss" in the making of a new pilot. The TV crew will embark on the task of helping "sweet" businesses survive and prosper.
Frankfort, New York is home to a small, 52 year old bakery and the machines are showing some wear. Due to dysfunctional machinery and the expense of fixing the problems, the bakery needs help. Zoe Cote, an associate producer of High Noon Entertainment company told Sara Tracey (original reporter for the Utica OD's story) "We just want to drum up some excitement and give them business." This event just might do that because everyone is invited to participate.
The production team will be at the Friendly Bake Shop in Frankfort from March 11 to March 15, Monday through Friday, encouraging everyone to participate in the taping. Either stop into the bakery, grab a delicious pastry and maybe become a STAR or email commentary to firstname.lastname@example.org
Just to warm you up to some delicious sweet treats, try the following recipe, if not this weekend, make sure you enjoy it for Easter.
Use a 10” Spring Form Pan
• flour or fine crumbs to coat bottom and sides or a buttered pan.
• 4 large eggs, separated
• 2 lbs part skimmed ricotta cheese
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup flour
• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1/4 tsp almond extract
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp orange rind
• 1/2 tsp lemon rind
• 2 TBS lemon juice (simply squeeze the lemon you just grated)
• Berry Sauce (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare the spring form pan by coating with butter and sprinkle with crumb or flour.
Beat the egg whites until stiff, not dry and set aside.
Beat the ricotta, yolks, sugar, flour, extracts, salt, fruit rinds, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
Gently fold in the egg whites then transfer to the prepared pan. *Be careful to not beat the egg whites in as you want them to make the cake light.
Bake 50 – 55 minutes or until a knife comes clean when inserted in the center. Cool completely before serving.
• 1 cup berries (frozen or fresh)
• 1 TBS sugar
• 1/2 tsp lemon or lime juice
Place all the above berry sauce ingredients in a blender or processor and puree. Strain through a sieve to separate the seeds and discard them. Taste to adjust sugar and lemon.
Transfer to a container, cover tightly and refrigerate. This will keep well for a week.
Top cake with berry sauce.