Monday, November 3, 2008

Heidleberg Pastry Shoppe

A good bakery is often hard to find in the suburbs. The other day AJ and I were able to visit Heidleberg Pastry Shoppe off of Lee Highway. In search of something other than the usual bagel, we were hoping Heidelberg would fulfill our breakfast needs.

A delightful leavened doughnut with maple frosting and delightful halloween sprinkles (I adore the bats)!

The shoppe is a little overwhelming, offering donuts, breads, turnovers, muffins, cinnamon buns, and more. AJ settled on a pumpkin muffin and a maple yeast doughnut. I chose a chocolate croissant.

As we paid for our goods, AJ spotted a table of McCain and Obama sugar cookies. AJ had to buy two for my mom and my dad, who have been going door-to-door for the Democratic Party. A reporter stopped to ask if we bought these cookies because "we hated Obama and wanted to eat him". It was a weird, but interesting experience.

Heidelberg has been tracking sales of their cookies (Obama has sold 75% of the cookies to McCain's 25%). This is either an indication of the strength of the Democratic party in Virginia or of liberals love of sweets. Remember to get out and vote tomorrow!

Clockwise from the left: chocolate croissant, pumpkin muffin, and maple frosted doughnut.

After sampling the three treats, AJ and I decided that the maple doughnut was the winner. The dough was light and slightly sweet. The doughnut was an excellent reminder of autumn, with an authentic maple frosting that wasn't overly sweet (AJ would argue there is no such thing as being too sweet). Definitely an excellent way to get in your sugar fix in the morning.

The chocolate croissant was flaky, but a little too crisp on the edges (AJ said it was too messy to be worth the purchase). The chocolate was creamy and not too sweet. I would have rated this a little higher had the dough been softer and lighter. The pumpkin muffin was a little dense and could have been moister. The spices were nice, but there could have been a little more sugar added to the batter (Although, I may have felt this way due to the sucrose overload).

I have had the pleasure of tasting Heidelberg's breads and pretzels. I think these items fare better than their pastries.

Overall 1.5 out of 3 JAMs.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
2150 N. Culpepper St
Arlington, VA 22207

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