However, I’ve not had the opportunity to formally introduce myself. I’m Jesse, formerly the designer for Amet & Sasha. After years of wanting to toss my sewing machine aside for flour and my KitchenAid, I finally took the leap. In 2007 I unchained myself from my Singer and started to plan for the future. First I started a little blog, then I quit my job, moved to San Francisco and went to pastry school. I came home and got myself a cooking gig here. And finally, I moved on from that to start my own pastry company, Hope & Glory Pastry.
I’m pretty excited about this endeavor. I’ve launched with five pastries which I’m currently selling around Austin. Brown butter and sea salt make the shortbread rich and deliciously haunting. Praline candy and fleur de sel top meltingly rich polvorones. Rugelach are spiked with a smoky chipotle kick. The infamous Magic Bar features honey and pecans atop a salty sweet sable breton crust, all drizzled with 70% El Rey chocolate. And finally, the gluten-free Meringue Épice steers clear of the mundane, combining nuts, coconut and meringue with cumin, coriander and black pepper for a sweet that teases the tastebuds with seductive savory elements. A bonus is that all of the pastries use local farm-raised eggs, organic pecans and honey.
Not in Austin? No worries! I’m on Etsy.
Keep your eyes peeled for info about my official launch party and tasting. It’s open to the public and I’d love to have you there!