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Tempt with Treats for Your Holiday Table

Holiday entertaining is on almost everyone’s agenda from now until the final hours of 2011. And no celebration is complete without festive confections to punctuate your meal.

Several local bakers traffic in treats to tempt everyone on your guest list. Here’s a round-up of some local gastro-greats sure to make your holiday season sweet.

Connie’s Cakes —Head baker Dave Evans doesn’t mess around when it comes to cakes. Using his late mother’s celebrated Midwestern recipes for coffee and carrot cakes, he bakes to order. His attention to detail and use of wholesome ingredients make his cakes real crowd pleasers. Connie’s Carrot Cake is topped with chocolate drizzle makes for a scrumptious seasonal dessert, and Connie’s Coffee Cake is a wonderful addition to any breakfast menu for your overnight guests.

Summer Kitchen Bake House —Don’t let the seasonal moniker fool you; Summer Kitchen Bake House bakes up artisan cookies all year long. As tasty as they are beautiful, Summer Kitchen’s cookies are handcrafted by master baker and confectioner, Jennifer McDermott. McDermott will create your cookies and gingerbread houses to order.

Michelle’s Pies —Michelle Albano is nationally known for her pleasing pies. This award-winning baker has even appeared on the “Today Show,” to dish on flakey crusts and the art of filling a perfect pie. Lucky for Fairfield County residents, she has two storefronts in Norwalk and Westport to allow eager eaters to taste her wares.

Peace Tree Desserts —Local, sustainable and delicious are all words Chef Robyn Eads would say are synonymous with her Westport-based Peace Tree Desserts. Eads puts quality and taste at the forefront of her artistry. Using local and regionally sourced seasonal ingredients, Eads combines unexpected flavors and tastes in ways that will have your guests “oohing” and “ahhing” well into the New Year.

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