A Fig Plum Frangipane Tart at Zest

By Elizabeth Rubin
Looking to host a Sunday brunch with a smashing centerpiece?  Find your sweet ending at Zest Fresh Pastry, an artisanal bakery in the cool and industrial Velvet Mill in Stonington. The bakers here love to combine unusual flavors to create their signature desserts. 

My recommendation is the Fig Plum Frangipane Tart. Start with a spoonful of the green tea lavender crust, then a bite of almond flavored cream, topped with figs, sliced plums, and slivered almonds. The flavor combination of fruits and frangipane create an unexpected but oh-so-interesting indulgence.

Other sweet treats recommended by Zest staff busy at work in the open kitchen: their Tiramisu with coffee liquor soaked vanilla cake, mascarpone mousse, and whipped cream,  finished with a dusting of cocoa. For something with a bit of tang, try the creamy mini cheesecakes with fresh fruit topping. 

Consider stopping at Zest before a DIY brunch with friends at nearby Saltwater Farm Vineyard. This hip bakeshop is literally a hidden gem, but so worth the hunt.