Artisanal, made-from-scratch-with-organic-sugar Peeps for Easter. Somebody in Brooklyn had to do it. Audrey Leary, the head pastry chef at Fort Greene’s Greene Grape Annex, did. We met up with Audrey to talk Easter treats.
So Audrey, artisanal Peeps for Easter? How did you come up with the idea, and how do you actually make them?
We were just trying to come up with ideas for fun things to do for Easter. We like to reinvent old classics from scratch. We make Oreos from scratch here, we’re working on making a Cadbury Creme Egg from scratch, so Peeps were kind of a natural step in that direction.
So we just started by making some vanilla bean marshmallows. While they’re still hot we put them in a piping bag and pipe them into the shape of little ducks. We made some yellow sugar by mixing a little food coloring with the organic sugar we use here, and we roll the little ducks around in that. We use a little dark chocolate to make the eyes, and that’s it!
You make it sound so easy!
Ha ha. It really is pretty easy! It’s pretty straightforward. Making the marshmallows is really the only big step in the process. And that’s not even that big.
Are you working on any other Easter treats?
A few. I’m dyeing some eggs today, and we’re going to fill them with cake and crème brulee. So we’ll have little colored egg shells filled with cake.
We’re going to try to do the Cadbury Creme Eggs, but we’ll have to see whether we have time. It’s a matter of tempering chocolate and making a lot of different components, and it’s going to be a pretty busy weekend. We’ll see.
We’re also doing some potato hash browns with quail eggs and a little goat cheese inside so they look like little birds nests.
We have a lot of fun at this time of year.
Get your from-scratch Peeps and other Easter treats at Greene Grape Annex – 756 Fulton Street, between S. Oxford and S. Portland, in Fort Greene.