His and Hers Sweets: Beer Lovers
We first met Angela of Goldenrod Pastries last year when she hired us to design and plan her wedding. (Check out her wedding photos here and here!) From our first meeting (when she gifted us with her blueberry cream cookies), we were hooked on her mad pastry skills. We started having Angela-withdrawal after we completed her wedding last February, so Lindsay and I decided to start the His and Hers Sweets blog series, so we can share Angela’s talent with all of our readers. Angela is our go-to for out of the box wedding pastries, and my husband knows that all birthday cakes must be ordered through Angela (hint! hint! my birthday is next week).
Each month Angela will create two desserts based on a pre-determined theme. One pastry will be more masculine (in texture, shape, ingredients, etc) and one will be more feminine to show how different pastries pair together.
Photography by Jenny Rawson
When we started talking about this shoot, my first thoughts went to Oktoberfest and the flavors around the fall harvest. I wanted to put beer in everything, but it just didn’t seem right. If you’re already drinking beer, do you need to eat it, too? I went to some of my greatest memories in Belgium, with one of my best friends. We drank beer and ate sweets on a really brisk night. We had paper cones filled oliebollen, covered in mountains of powdered sugar, from a street fair. I added lemon zest and Nebraska City apples to these free-form doughnuts to lighten them a little. The speculoos were inspired by a bakery in Bruges – with deep flavors of cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. So amazing. To take them beyond the traditional version, I made them into little sandwiches with salted caramel buttercream, some dark Belgian chocolate, and roasted pistachios. Sitting down with a big glass of my favorite Belgian beer and these sweets would be an autumn dream come true for me.
We love styling dessert displays for our clients’ weddings, so we’ve amassed a large collection of different food presentation items over the years. Our beer-themed pastry shoot allowed us to incorporate materials you’d see in your favorite pub such as dark natural wood and slate. I pictured our beer lovers enjoying a picnic with their favorite microbrew, so we made colorful paper cones for the oliebollen to fit perfectly into a four-pack beer carrier.
Drooling yet!?! We’ll be sharing more delicious pairings next month!