More than a week after I first tasted it, I still can’t get a certain Salty Tart Bakery pastry out of my mind. It was shaped like a muffin, but it had the fluffy sweet taste and texture of brioche. It was dusted in cinnamon and sugar like a donut, but it was more like a miniature cake to savor with its creamy custard center. This glorious pastry is the handiwork of Chef Michelle Gayer-Nicholson. As a 2013 James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef Midwest, Gayer-Nicholson keeps excellent company among her peers.
At Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market, her gem of a bakery sits at its center. With an open – and very compact – work space for visitors to enjoy, Salty Tart Bakery is, like I said in the title, worth driving to Minneapolis for – seriously. Croissants are flaky, butter creations, filled or unfilled. Single-serve pies are mounded with golden crust. Breads are golden and beautiful.
Salty Tart Bakery
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis