Blowtorches and fresh fruit go hand in hand, according to Andrea Latimer, owner of the online shop Salt City Bakery. The words "torched fruit" sound gorgeous, and the actual thing tastes even better.
Latimer wanted to branch out from making gorgeous cakes and other baked goods, and try something very different. Bittersweet Fruit Stand, a farmers-market regular, is indeed a most unusual concept. It serves wholesome desserts and breakfast featuring torched local fruit—that is, fruit that has been submerged under a blowtorch, caramelizing the sugars. Housemade bitters and flavor-infused sugars elevate the desserts, along with additions like fresh whipped cream.
Bittersweet's bitters are made from locally sourced barks, roots, herbs and spices, preserved in high-proof alcohol. Latimer uses them enhance her desserts, and will soon have them for sale at the farmers markets.
The Housewife is a dreamy combination of fresh local berries, lemon sugar and orange bitters, torched and topped with fresh whipped cream. Remember that scene in Amélie when she breaks through her creme brulee with a spoon? Have that delightful experience with The Brass Rail, where a bruleed vanilla-sugar crust encases half a grapefruit. King Remus is another option: torched cherries, combined with vanilla sugar and charred cedar bitters is a flavorful combination.
"Our menu is ever-changing, based on the fruits in season," Latimer says. "We will be doing the peaches until the end of August, then we will switch to apples and/or pears. In fall, we will also do oatmeal with our bruleed fruit."
Find Latimer and her blowtorch at the Saturday Downtown Farmers Market (Pioneer Park, 300 South & 300 West, Saturdays through Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., SLCFarmersMarket.org) and the Sunday Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Wheeler Farm (6351 S. 900 East, Murray, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., WasatchFrontFarmersMarket.org). Keep in touch with Bittersweet Fruit Stand by following on Instagram and Facebook.