Home is where the heart is, so they say.
Well, given the restrictions on mobility due to the community quarantine, many of us found ourselves stuck at home, though our hearts may be somewhere else.
If you’re yearning to be back in the hustle and bustle of the metro, or to roam free amidst wide open spaces, I’m sorry to say it but you may have long to wait.
In the meantime, why not take comfort in the haven of home by relishing the sweet delights you can enjoy there, with the people closest to you?
That’s the idea that the folks behind the new online store Tia Carmen Fresh Pastries wants to push. The enterprise is named after Carmen Escriva (sister of Saint Josemaria Escriva de Baleguer) who supported her brother’s ministry and championed a love for home.
Launched only last July 14, Tia Carmen produces homemade baked pies and crumbles that bring back happy memories of childhood and sharing good food with loved ones.
Its Apple Crumble (Php550), for example, is a masterpiece flavors and textures. From its buttery, slightly crunchy and crumbly topping that gives way to soft and sweetly-spiced apple filling, it is the quintessential comfort food, that can satisfy the sweet cravings of four to six people.
Did you know that the crumble originated in Great Britain during World War II? Because of the food rationing instituted by the government, the ingredients needed to make pie crusts were in short supply. Some enterprising bakers used what flour, fat and sugar they had into making a crumble topping and a new dish came to be.
The apple crumble is best enjoyed warm, with the aroma of apple, cinnamon and butter wafting to your nose. Add a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream to it and you’ve got an irresistible treat!
(Note: I’ve read in several sources that Americans sometimes enjoy apple pie with sharp cheddar. Curious if the same can be applied to apple crumble, but lacking authentic cheddar in my pantry at the moment, I substituted a few slices of processed cheese on a slice of apple crumble. The result? An interesting interplay between sweet and salty that I won’t mind exploring further.)
If your constitution – or refrigerator – can’t handle a whole pie, or you just want an intimate dessert for two – or just one! – get an Apple Crumble Cup (Php200) instead.
Go ahead and get yourself a taste of Tia Carmen’s Apple Crumble so you can also get a taste of the warm comfort of home.
Tia Carmen’s Fresh Pastries also offers Banana Crumble (Php450 for whole | Php180 for cup) and Apple Pie (Php500).
Its ovens are baking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with pies for delivery on the same day to ensure freshness.
To order, just fill out this online form. Payments via BPI, Metrobank and GCash are accepted.
Check out my blog posts on other small enterprises and startups in the food business:
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- Y&G Delectables
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- Mumei Sushi
- Casa Bakes by Kayla
- MDJ Cookies
- Graffiti Desserts
- Pampanga’s Cheesebread
- What’s Your Flan?
- The Saucier
- Sugar Salt Cakes & Pastries
- Platterea Luna
- Sammy’s Cookin’
- Chi’s Cake
- The Happy Kitchen
- Inang Charing Cakes and Pastries
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- First Harvest Nut Spreads
- Good Shepherd Ube Jam
- Migu Migu Finishing Butter