When foodies and food scribes wax on can’t miss desserts in South Florida, no other name elicits a more passionate response than that of Hedy Goldsmith, Executive Pastry Chef at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
Chef Goldsmith creates desserts with simple, straightforward flavors presented in interesting combinations. Her work often balances savory and sweet, drawing from local fruits and herbs and unexpected techniques like roasting and smoking.
She draws on childhood inspirations for some of her most popular items including treats such as a house-made take on Cracker Jacks, Nutter Butters, Oreo’s, smoked bacon candy and her now-legendary homemade Pop-Tarts.
Her signature sweets include “popcorn and peanuts” a milk chocolate candy bar with buttered popcorn ice gelato, smoked bittersweet chocolate cream pie with roasted white chocolate crumbles and a warm banana toffee panini served with a salted caramel ice cream sundae.
Chef Goldsmith’s first cookbook, Baking Out Loud, published by Clarkson Potter, will be on bookshelves in 2012.