In early 2012, I stumbled upon a small bakery in a business park on the outskirts of Irvine. The scent of freshly baked items enticed me in. From fresh-baked tarts to breads to homemade marshmallows, I simply had to buy something to remember this excellent find. A few months later, I stumbled upon them again, remembering their distinctive pirate-esque look, at Kean Coffee in Tustin, serving up some of the best coffee in Orange County with finesse only found in Europe. In December 2012, Blackmarket Bakery extended its reach to Costa Mesa with a larger space and open kitchen to create a feast for the senses.
Chef/Owner Rachel Klemek started her bakery back in 2004 and is still going strong. Her baked items are now sold in numerous outlets across Orange County. Chef Rachel uses “baking fundamentals such as butter, flour, sugar, and eggs – all of which were black market goods during WWII” and “delivers a culinary experience that revolves around natural ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors, with a bit of punk rock tucked inside, of course.”
Let’s take a look at some of their delicious creations:
Blueberry Rosewater is an oat streusel atop fresh blueberries tossed in rosewater, layered on their basque batter. This was a scrumptious tart – blueberries were slightly tart but juicy. This is great for breakfast, but I can also see this as a beautiful dessert topped with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Thumbs up!
To read more and see photos, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/blackmarket-bakery-has-a-new-location-to-satisfy-your-sweet-and-savory-tooth
OC Food Diva