5 Choices for State Pastry for Arizona. Cast Your Vote!

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Rachel Miller
Date cake with honey caramel.

Last summer, Wisconsin named the kringle as the state's official pastry -- not to be confused with their proposed state dessert, the cream puff. A kringle is a Scandinavian flaky pastry, similar to a danish pastry in texture, then filled with nuts, fruit filling, or custard. Since Racine, Wisconsin, apparently is the epicenter of Danish-American culture and full of expert kringle makers, it just made sense.

Maine has blueberry pie. Maryland has Smith Island cake. Massachusetts obviously has Boston cream pie. South Dakota claimed kuchen. Texas got the strudel and the sopaipilla. What would Arizona's state pastry be? What are we known for as far as sweets are concerned? Those lollipops with the scorpions in them at the airport?

See also: How to Make a King Cake for Mardi Gras

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Rachel Miller
Citrus Tart.

In an effort to get scientific, I started with a list of great ingredients found in Arizona, that I love using in pastry: dates, pecans, honey, citrus, prickly Pear. Here are my nominations for Arizona's state pastry.

Date Cake: A few years ago, I worked in Yuma to help open a small farm bakery, and one of the biggest sellers in our little farm store each year were dates. As our date farmers would roll up with thousands of pounds of dates for packing, baking, and making date shakes for the snow birds, I came to loathe and love these beauties even more.

Put dates in anything, and snowbirds will flock. Our friends to the north wouldn't stop requesting date cake, also known in some regions of Canada as "matrimonial cake." I called a friend from Toronto who then called his mother, acquiring a recipe for matrimonial cake -- essentially, it's a date bar and similar to a coffee cake, but with a gooey date filling. How about a rich date cake with a honey caramel as the Arizona state pastry?

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Rachel Miller
Arizona grapefruit.

Citrus Tart: Though we aren't known as the citrus state, we do produce a sizable amount of beautiful citrus every winter. Pick it yourself at the Farm at Agritopia or grow a citrus tree in your backyard. Either way, you'll find an abundance of bright bulbs during the winter to make marmalades, spruce up your cocktails or turn into a delicious citrus tart. Enjoy on the patio while Instagramming a picture to your snowed-in friends and family back east.


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The Farm at Agritopia

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ

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17 comments
Anon
Anon

Pecan pie with Arizona honey

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

In view of all the racists there,they should name the new cake:Angel food white power cake.

Michael Swann
Michael Swann

tre leches cake. sex in a cake. times infinity

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

If we have a state pastry, will bakers sell it to gay people????

Nick Roen
Nick Roen

The correct answer is CHURRO, now stop asking dumb questions. ;)

Dean Palmer
Dean Palmer

...Does anyone make a pastry called "The Hateful Republican"?

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

people here never seem to EAT pastry...all they do is drink.

Kenn Tomasch
Kenn Tomasch

Some people won't vote for that one because it's brown.

Holly Bates
Holly Bates

Ill vote for the LGBT&Q bakery! Thanks.. That is who Ill do my business threw! Thanks to all the Hate In the LGBT &Q.. I have the right not to shop!

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