Lunch with Chef Judi: Jim's Small Batch Bakery

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A little gem in Gulf Gate, Jim's Small Batch Bakery lets the food do the talking -- and boy can it shout!

I've known Jim since he prepared 300 chocolate souflees for an event and every one came out perfect!  Classic French pastry, Challah bread on Fridays, and that candied BLT that is simply divine and irresistible.

If you have a favorite, like tres leches cake, they will call you on the day he prepares one so you can buy slices at $4.00 each.

Trust me, this is THE bakery on the Suncoast for unique pastries and a cranberry muffin that has won best muffin over and over.

Jim's Small Batch Bakery is located at 2336 Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota.  You can call them at 922-2253.


Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients:

  • Dessicated coconut -- 1 lb
  • Flour -- 4 Tbsp
  • Cream of Tartar --  1/2 tsp
  • Salt --1 tsp
  • Sugar -- 4 cups
  • Corn Syrup -- 1/3 cup
  • Water -- 1/2 cup
  • Unsalted Butter  --- 4 Tbsp
  • Egg Whites -- 2/3 cup
  • Vanilla -- 1 tsp

Combine first 3 ingredients in the bowl of a 5 qt mixer and reserve. In a large heavy pot, heat sugar, corn syrup, water and butter together, bring to a boil and boil for 1 min. over medium heat.

Drizzle hot syrup into dry ingredients and carefully blend. Continue stirring for about 5 min to cool slightly. Add whites and mix until smooth. Add vanilla.

Scoop or pipe out onto cookie sheets. Bake at 375 dgrees until deep brown, about 12-15 minutes.

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