Saturday, April 18, 2020

Artisan Recipe: Honey Vanilla Lemonade

honey vanilla lemonade

Recipe: Artisan Bake Shop, Meredith Rousseau

Yield: approx. 3.5 cups of lemonade concentrate
This is a favorite zippy summer drink from our Farmers’ Market days!  Our honey vanilla lemonade starts as a homemade concentrate.  The concentrate makes a wonderful hostess gift and also keeps in the fridge for a month.
Serve well shaken with ice and can be topped off with a float of your favorite fizzy seltzer or dry sparkling wine.

Recipe Notes: be sure to zest the citrus prior to juicing. 
You can replace the lemon juice/zest for orange juice and zest.

To Make the Concentrate:
¾ cup honey (local, unfiltered preferred)
1 ¼ cups organic sugar
5 tablespoons lemon zest
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 vanilla bean, (halved lengthwise and scraped)

Place a 2 quart saucepan on the stove.  Pour honey, sugar, zest, juice and vanilla bean (bean pod and scrapings) into the pot. 
Turn heat to medium/low and bring to a light simmer stirring occasionally, approximately 8-11 minutes.
Allow to simmer 2-3 minutes, turn off heat and move to a cold burner on the stove and allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
Pour concentrate, including the vanilla bean, into a glass jar or glass milk bottle.  Refrigerate.

To Use:  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake the bottle of lemonade concentrate well.  Pour 2 ounces (1 shot) concentrate and 3 oz (1 ½ shots) of water into the glass. Using the shaker, shake the mixture well. Approx. 1 minute.  Pour contents, including ice, into a glass.  For a fun twist: leave approx. ½-3/4 inches of space at the top of the glass. Top with a float of your favorite tonic or seltzer or dry sparkling wine (optional).

Shop ONLINE with us during COVID-19, and pick up your items at the Bake Shop!

{Shop Online} during this unprecedented time, we are trying out something new!
We now have an online store (starting April 20, 2020 and until we're back to our new normal).

--New Items will be posted each week to make the ordering process easier--

Once you’ve placed your order, you’ll
--Pick Up—at our location:
Artisan Bake Shop
265 Walnut Plain Road, Rochester, MA 02770

-Pick Up is Car Hop/Curbside Service we bring your order to your car, wearing gloves and a mask

Our Online Store Items:
will be available for Saturday pick up 9am-1pm, only 
        (all orders will be ready at 9am and can be picked up until 1:00pm)

As always you can place your order by phone, too: 508-763-4905

Link to Our Online Store: 

Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID -19 STATEMENT: April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020
Thank you so much for supporting us during this uncertain time.  As always, my small bake shop is by special-order, and by-appointment, only.   

We have remained open throughout the COVID-19 situation.  I'll be blunt: I took this situation seriously from the beginning.  I have an obligation to keep everyone safe: you and my staff.  

On March 16, 2020, I made the decision to operate exclusively as CAR HOP/Curbside Pickup.  I found a box of N95 masks that we had in storage and went to work figuring out how to operate in our new normal.

Customers do not enter the building (even the UPS guy).  Receiving items like bulk flour, sugar, eggs and butter, (even the mail) is handled much differently now than in the past.

It was important to limit our interactions, and therefore only myself and Tabitha (my foodservice manager and employee of 11 years) are working.

How Does CAR HOP/Curbside Pickup Work?

When you do see us bringing your order to your car, we are fully masked (N95, only) and gloved.  
-We wash our hands
-We touch your order, and only your order, with gloves.
-When we come back into the bake shop the gloves are disposed of at our sanitizing station near the front door.
-We use hand sanitizer, first, and then Lysol the soles of our shoes and walk to the handwash sink
-We wash our hands again
-Our footwear is also exclusive to the bakery (as of 4/18/20): we do not wear our shoes home.
-We setup a full disinfecting station: Lysol, Clorox Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer, boxes of gloves, extra masks, etc inside of our main entrance

Sometimes you may see a few people outside:
-We have three volunteers: my parents who live on the property, and my husband who is currently not working.
-I also have a 93 year old grandmother and a 16 month old son, so we have to take extra precautions no matter what.

Our daily routine includes all recommendations that have been issued by the CDC, FDA and local and state Health Departments require:
Photo Credit: Joyelle West Photography

-Thoroughly sanitize all production surfaces throughout the day, every day.
-Wear gloves whenever we handle product
-Wash our hands often and thoroughly throughout the day.

These are steps that we take every day but now we are on overdrive.  

As we celebrate our 15th year, know that we thankful for your support, kindness, and encouraging words!  We love baking cakes, cookies, and so many confections for you. 

Thank you for being there for us, and we’ll continue to be here for you,
Meredith (and Tabitha)