Hispania Bakery, Farmer’s Market, Richmond, Virginia

Along this photography studio journey of ours we have been very lucky in that we meet so many different people every day!  Being a small business we love to plug other great small businesses whenever we can.  Our wonderful friend and client Maria has started her own bakery.  Hispania Bakery can be found at several farmers markets around Richmond.  We are very excited to taste her amazing treats (read the descriptions below.)  Here is some info from Maria followed by a few photos from her session with us:

I’m not a traditional ethnic baker, but instead pull inspiration from my cultural background, experiences, and travels to produce what I hope are unique desserts.  I’m using “Old World” recipes and techniques but infusing them with bright flavors from the “New World”.  Right now during the hot summer I’m focusing on chilled desserts, but my products will vary with the seasons.  Part of the delay in getting my company started was not only creating & testing unique recipes, but having to submit paperwork and obtain pre-approval from the Dept. of Agriculture.  Therefore, the products I’m allowed to sell at the farmers’ markets are limited right now, but they will eventually grow as products are approved and the seasons change.  I’m always available however, to do custom requests on the side as I plan to eventually grow my business through a website.  Current available products for sale are as follows:

Chocolate Diablo Cookies:
Chocolate sandwich cookies filled with a smooth dark chocolate ganache infused with hot chilies and cinnamon.  It’s more of a warm tingly feeling in your mouth rather than a shot of hot sauce.

Mini Guava Cheesecakes:
Bite-size lime-infused cheesecakes with shortbread cookie crusts and a tangy-sweet guava fruit preserve topping

Tres Leches Cake (Three Milks):
Vanilla sponge cake soaked overnight in a mixture of milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk.  It’s cool and comforting, but as an added kick you can choose from a choice of Home-Made Dulce de Leche Caramel Toppings: 1) Vanilla Bean 2) Cafe con Leche (infused with espresso coffee).

Chocolate-Dulce Cookies:
Chocolate sandwich cookies filled with Dulce de Leche (milk caramel) and a touch of grey sea salt.

Coming soon: Mini Mango-Lime-Habanero Cheesecakes, Rum Dulce de Leche, Apple Empanadas, and Almogrote (a savory red pepper-manchego cheese sauce).

“Hispania” was the Roman word for the Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal). “Hispanic”, a term that originally denoted a relationship to Hispania, has various meanings. In general, “Hispanic” refers to the culture and people of countries formerly ruled by the Spanish Empire.  Latin America however, was also populated by non-Spanish Europeans, so a Hispanic person doesn’t necessarily have to be of Spanish descent.  My products will have influences from Spain, Europe, and the Latin America not only as a way to set myself apart from other baked goods/bakeries, but as an  expression of my creativity and love for baking.

If you have any questions or just want to say hello, I can be reached at hispaniabakery@gmail.com.  I also have a twitter account: twitter.com/HispaniaBakery.  I will send an update if I get a spot somewhere else.  Thanks to everyone for all their well wishes & support!

 

Find her:

Tuesdays, 3:30-7:00 at the Byrd House Market in Oregon Hill.  Check out byrdhousemarket.blogspot.com for more info.
Thursdays, 4:00-7:00 (new hours) at the Tricycle Gardens Farm Stand at 2107 Jefferson Ave (corner of 21st St & Jefferson Ave in Church Hill).  Check out tricyclegardens.org/farm-stand for more info.

Saturdays, 8:00-12:00 at the St. Stephens Market on 6000 Grove Avenue (between Libbie Ave & Three Chopt).  Our office gal Ann is the market manager! Look for the girl with the amazing red hair! Check out saintstephensrichmond.net/farmersmarket for more info.

 

Lola and Nadia her lovely pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ by Wolfgang Jasper Photography on August 19, 2011.

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