What do you get when you mix a professional pastry chef who is passionate about crafting highly creative and sustainable dessert products with milk from two local goat farms? An incredibly decadent, versatile, and palate-pleasing line of CT Grown dessert sauces. Move over dulce de leche, cajeta caramel has arrived.
Aimed at today’s eco-conscious consumer, Peace Tree Desserts‘ luxurious Cajeta Caramel sauces – cinnamon, Applejack, lemon, curry and rosemary – also play into the growth trend in lesser-known ethnic foods. “Cajeta Caramel is a Mexican pantry staple that’s similar to dulce de leche, except its base is goat’s milk rather than cow’s milk” explains Chef Eads. “I developed these sauces for adventurous consumers who are consciously choosing environmentally correct foods that are made with locally-grown ingredients.”
Ingredient sourcing for the Cajeta Caramel line began with forging relationships with Connecticut goat farmers using organic and sustainable agricultural practices and maintaining high standards of animal welfare. Chef Eads then sought out the most flavorful chocolates, spices, and salts from sustainable agricultural communities around the world to flavor the milks for each variety. In the case of the Applejack Cajeta Caramel, an artisan product from another local producer provided the impetus for the product’s creation. According to Chef Eads “the spirits producer, a micro-distillery in New York’s Hudson Valley, is turning out an incredibly smooth and flavorful product made from their own apples. I was so impressed with their dedication to the craft. I knew instantly I could translate this into an eco-luxe dessert sauce.”
The first public tasting and sale of Peace Tree’s Cajeta Caramel sauces will take place on Thursday, May 26, from 10 am until 2 pm at the award-winning Westport Farmers’ Market at the Imperial Avenue Parking lot adjacent to the Women’s Club. Chef Robyn Eads invites to the public to enjoy a taste and buy a jar or two to share with their families and friends. “It’s excellent on ice cream, in coffee or tea, and as a dip for fresh fruit. We’re encouraging fans to post their photos and share their favorite uses for the sauces on our Facebook page.” Anyone who signs up for the Friend of the Westport Market loyalty program on opening day will be eligible to participate in a drawing to win a free jar of Cajeta Caramel sauce. Four winners will be drawn and market master Lori Cochran will announce the lucky recipients at the 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm drawings.
About Peace Tree Desserts LLC:
Peace Tree Desserts is an eco-luxe bakery that sources exclusively local, organic, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients for our reimagined baked goods and specialty food products. Our line of small-batch, artisan dessert sauces proudly carries the CT Grown label and is available in gourmet food stores and our online store. We source our ingredients as close to home as possible, giving preference to local farms, while also scouring the world for sustainable agricultural communities producing the most unique and flavorful salts, spices, and chocolates. Our commitment to sustainability extends to everything we do –from ingredient sourcing to product packaging, shipping, and marketing.
About Sustainable Pastry Chef/Owner Robyn Eads:
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2002, Chef Eads went on to perfect her craft in celebrated culinary establishments including the Relais Gourmand restaurant at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City, and The Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Connecticut. Her ingredient- inspired creations have garnered recognition on “The Martha Stewart Show” and were awarded “Best of Connecticut” in 2009 by Connecticut Magazine. Her uncompromising commitment to sourcing exclusively local, sustainable, and organic ingredients paired with her immense amount of talent and creativity, are the heart of Chef Eads’ highly imaginative and exquisite desserts. Her dedication to sustainability extends to her relationships with local farmers and involvement in community organizations such as the Connecticut Specialty Food Association, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Chef Program, and the Connecticut chapter of NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
For more information on Peace Tree Desserts LLC, visit www.peacetreedesserts.com
Disclosure: Peace Tree Desserts LLC is a client of the business consulting services division of Fairfield Green Food Guide LLC.