Key West Bakeries

I’m in Key West for the weekend! The island is beautiful, but unfortunately the air is a bit chilly. It’s ok though, now I have an excuse to find nice warm bakeries to dip into.
I’m sitting at Island Joes’s right now which is located on Fleming Street. It has the island feel, with a laid back owner sporting his long pony tail and khaki shorts and the counter boy with dreads. I got here right as they opened and right as their delectible puff pastries were coming out of the oven! There are so many flavors to choose from: chocolate, white chocolate, apple, and everything in between. I chose the strawberry banana kiwi (just to stick with the island theme.)

The pastry was nice and flaky (and still warm!) The fruit was a bit tart and I’m thinking maybe a little sugar added when cooking the fruit would help. Of course I also ordered and chai latte, and I must say that it is up there on my list of best chai!

I definitely recommend this place to any out of towner visiting the island of Key West. I hear they are also known for their coffee!

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Chai Cupcakes

Today was our cupcake exchange in class.  As I mentioned before,  I made chai cupcakes.  I borrowed a cook book from my friend, Jessica, called 125 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson.  The recipe was really easy and I was bit a surprised when it told me to open a tea bag of chai and empty the contents into my dry ingredients.  I was worried that my cupcakes would be gritty but actually I didn’t notice it at all when I bit into them.  The recipe also suggested a frosting for the cupcakes but I decided to make a buttercream and flavor it myself.  We have been making so much buttercream in school lately that I thought I would  try it myself at home.  I flavored it with a tablespoon of vanilla and about 1/4 tsp of cloves just to give it a kick.  I figured the cloves would either make this recipe that much better or completely ruin it.  Well, it definitely made this recipe that much more awesome! After icing the cupcakes, I sprinkled them with cinnamon.

I took them to school today and got so many compliments!  Everyone was asking for the recipe and a few people even took them home. Check them out!

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