The beautiful month of May is here, bringing with it Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Rhubarb and Peaches. Along with the fragrant bounty of fruit May also brings us Mothers Day! You know, the day that always creeps up on you and then with about 48 hours notice… JUMPS OUT OF NOWHERE to tell you that you’re a terrible child. Or that could just be how it deals with me, either way you should buy a Little Ladybug Bakery pie and give it to the mother in your life. Because, who doesn’t like to receive a hand-made, fresh baked dessert they didn’t have to pay for?!
No mothers in your life? Buy a pie for yourself, I’m sure you’ve mothered something at some point this year.
In all honesty, I don’t actually know why its called a ‘French’ Coconut pie. Maybe because the top gets all crispy and chewy similar to a french macaroon? I don’t know, but what I do know is… this pie is amazingly delicious. The filling is a soft, sweet vanilla-y custard topped with this toasty, crunchy, flaked coconut. This pie turned out even better than I imagined. Which is saying a lot because I hold my own baking in high regard! Buy a slice and experience bliss. Tropical style.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is back! Im excited about making a new pie. You are excited about eating a new flavor of pie. It’s an all around win. Swing by the market early to grab a slice because you know these are not going to sit around collecting dust!
So Easter is this Sunday, and Little Ladybug Bakery has a super, SUPER special pie to welcome the most pastel of Spring Holidays! Available ONLY on Easter weekend is our Italian Easter Pie!! You may remember this from last year (if you were one of the lucky ones to snag this pie before it sold out), its made with BellWether Farms Whole Milk Ricotta, lemon zest, and chocolate chips. Its… like a cheesecake in a pie crust. Swing by the market to check out this delicious limited edition pie! See you at the market!
Happy Spring Everyone! I am loving these longer days, aren’t you? More time to loiter in the park, warmer weather encouraging everyone to have a cook-out, and best of all… the beginning of all my favorite holidays! Easter! Mother’s Day! Father’s Day! Memorial Day! Independence Day! Labor Day!
Complimenting all that is soon-to-be ripe summer fruit: Rhubarb! Blackberries! Blueberries! Cherries! Peaches!
This post is intended to lure you to my pie booth to check out my current flavors… thats all. See you at the market!
Lemon-Lime Chess Pie is a truly outstanding dessert, if I do say so myself! The organic and locally sourced lemons and limes are both zested and juiced by hand to give this pie a tart punch in the face with just enough sweetness to balance it out. The texture is somewhere between soft like a lemon curd and firm like a custard. The zest and a touch of cornmeal give your bite a nice little bit of chew at the end. Basically, this Lemon-Lime Chess Pie is the citrus dessert you didn’t realize you’ve been looking for. Available in Whole Pies (9.5″ shell), Mini Pies (6.5″ shell) and by the slice. Pre-order yours today!
So I have the great pride and pleasure to announce that my wonderful little bakery is getting mentioned in the New York Times as one of the things to check out in Marin County in 36 hours. (http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/travel/36-hours-in-marin-county-calif.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)
And in light of that awesomeness, I shall give you a brief history of how Little Ladybug Bakery started. It goes a little something like this. On October 8, 2010, in a fit of delusion and frustration I quit my job and decided to start a bakery. Literally, just like that. The next Saturday I had set up a little card table on the sidewalk across the street from the Grand Lake Farmers Market, guerrilla style. I sold pie (illegally) on the sidewalk for 8 1/2 months in Oakland while I went about getting my sellers permit, business license, health permit, farmers market applications and branding figured out. I was like the red-headed step-child of the Grand Lake market, it was ridiculous and awesome. I even had the police called on me!
This February is my two year anniversary of entrance to the Farmers Markets. I have now established relationships with locals farmers from which I source my produce (peaches /blackberries /cherries /apples /rhubarb /strawberries /walnuts /sweet potatoes /eggs /milk and cheese).
I have made pies for birthdays and weddings. My pies have been part of Thanksgiving dinners, Forth of July picnics and memorable desserts to finish a forgettable Thursday evening.
I am so proud and so thankful to be doing what Im doing, so grateful to all the beautiful people who have supported my bakery and so happy to smile when people come up to me and say to their friends “I’ve been buying pie from her when she was still on the sidewalk!”
For me, Little Ladybug Bakery is a testimony that one can accomplish anything. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
Thanks for reading. Happy eating!
I just got off the phone with the New York Times Travel section editor, they are doing a piece about the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market and are giving Little Ladybug Bakery a mention. How COOL is that?! (so cool!!) Look for it in the New York Times, Travel section January 27th. Hurray for pie!
First things first, Happy New Year! Second, isn’t my jacket in the picture above the cutest?!?
I trust that your holiday season went well, and if it didn’t, at least its over! Little Ladybug Bakery closed 2012 with a strong finish and is eagerly anticipating the twists and turns of 2013! We are starting the new year with a fun new option for your pie needs. Now available to you are fully baked FROZEN PIES! These pies are fresh baked then wrapped tightly and frozen. You buy them and can toss them in the oven for dessert that evening or you can keep them in your freezer until you have unexpected guests drop in and are looking for something sweet and delicious to feed them. Whatever your reason, I think you would benefit from having a yummy scratch made pie at the ready in the freezer. And the best part… the frozen whole pies are only $12.00! Frozen Mini Pies are only $9.00! Thats 40% off the regular price! Has the Ladybug gone mad?!? (short answer…yes) The selection of frozen pies will vary so you just have to stop by the farmers market to find out what we’ve got. Looking forward to seeing you!