Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lemon Blueberry Tart and American Spoon

more adventures from michigan . . . 

American Spoon uses the produce of northern Michigan to make delicious preserves, jams, salsas, and sauces.  They produce and sell out of their store in downtown Petoskey, and have a gelateria and cafe next door.  When you visit the store, there is a big island in the middle that serves as a "sample bar."  See something on the shelf you want to taste?  Just ask and they'll open it for you.  I picked up a surprisingly good combination of blueberry and lime preserves to take home as well as some lime and lemon curds that are acerbically tangy and sweet.  These curds were fantastic and thick, unlike many store-bought curds I've seen.  Your spoon can stand up in it. That's just the consistency I like.

When we got back to the cottage, we used some of this lemon curd to top a basic cookie crust.  Scattered with the season's peak perfect blueberries, it made a bright summery dessert.  It was simple, but so pretty I had to share. 

It couldn't have been easier.  Make up your favorite crust and blind bake it.  Pour in good quality store-bought curd.  (you can, of course, make your own, but that makes it less easy.) Top with fresh berries.  Raspberries would be awesome, too. 

At the American Spoon gelateria, they have a wide range of flavors, encompassing the old standbys like hazelnut and straciatella, as well as new variations like ginger.  I liked the hazelnut I tried, but the texture was far more like ice cream then true gelato.  I'll take Capogiro any day.  The atmosphere of the cafe is a bit like an olde tyme scoopery. The sandwiches and other lunch fare featured fresh seasonal ingredients in simple, delicious preparations.

American Spoon Store
411 East Lake Street
Petoskey MI

American Spoon Cafe
413 East Lake Street

1 comment:

Natasha said...

Hi Lauren,
Imagine my surprise when the first thing I see on your blog is a gorgeous picture of nectarines, while at this very moment I am making nectarine chutney! Those are some of my favorite fruit. It seems that you and I have similar tastes! Lovely blog!