The Union Square Greenmarket has no shortage of pumpkin- and apple-endowed treats right now, but while we went there earlier this week fully intending to eat at least one of them, we were instead swayed by the unassuming cranberry-walnut square pictured above.
Made by the folks at Breezy Hill Orchard, an apple orchard and cider mill in the Hudson Valley, the square’s vivacious flavor belies its modest dimensions. A perfect congress of sweet and tart, its jammy filling is comprised of raisins, orange juice, and cranberries. The crust is plain — just butter, flour, and sugar — but tender and buttery, and together with the filling encapsulates why the best baked goods are so often the most plainspoken.
The bars are $2.50 a pop, and their reasonable price is reflected by their demure location on the Fat Pants spectrum — they’re a skinny-jeans indulgence, albeit one with big, fat flavor.
Breezy Hill Orchard can be found at Union Square on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 19, 2010