Small-town Inspiration: Martha’s Vineyard

  • Nov 02, 2015

We continue our series on small-town baking with magical Martha’s Vineyard, the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth, whether you’re on the island or simply seeking inspiration in your home kitchen.

Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Café and Bakery Vineyard locals and frequent visitors are intimately familiar with what are known as Back Door Doughnuts, made famous by this Oak Bluffs bakery. These fresh-from-the-fryer hot treats are only available in the evenings and began as somewhat of a clandestine offering, with patrons comparing the experience to visiting a speakeasy. Be prepared to wait—and to also be enticed by the bakery’s friend apple fritters. A long-time Vineyard favorite, apple fritters are served warm and are about the size of a baseball glove, so they’re perfect for sharing. Want to make them at home? Gather a bushel of fresh fall apples and whip up some baked apple fritter muffins or substitute other favorite fruits (peaches, berries, etc.) and top with glaze for maximum m’mmm.

Atlantic Fish & ChopHouse One of the Vineyard’s newest restaurants, the Atlantic nonetheless has the market cornered on mouthwatering desserts. From the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake to the Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, the Atlantic provides a veritable smorgasbord of baking inspiration. The so-called “desserts for sharing” are perhaps the ones to try first. Consider the signature four-layer carrot cake iced with cream cheese and studded with walnuts and currants; the drunken beignets with shots of white chocolate Godiva liqueur and Mozart Belgian milk chocolate liqueur; or the chocolate ganache cream-filled sponge cake.

Bake with currants, infuse baked goods with shots of liqueur, and experiment with ganache— inspiration abounds at this restaurant and on the Vineyard itself!

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