Each Friday afternoon, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available only during the holiday season, each orange-spiked brioche is baked in its own 6″ paper dish. Ringed with chocolate and topped with streusel, toasted almonds, and powdered sugar, it’s the perfect treat for a wintery weekend brunch. [Debuting on the Hot Five]
Warm and full-bodied, LynLake’s Tradesman Robust Porter is the kind of beer you could drink every night before bed. With a thick creamy head, this porter tastes of chestnuts roasting on an open fire with just the right sweetness level — the perfect winter holiday beer. [Debuting on the Hot Five]
St. Croix Chocolate Company’s chocolate bird bars are among the most beautiful chocolates we’ve laid eyes on. They’re made from a mold created by St. Croix Valley tile artist Laura McCaul. The chocolate is delicious, too. We love the “dark milk” 53 percent cacao flavor. [Last Week on the Hot Five: #2]
Mad Hatter Tearoom is doing its holiday teas this year, and that means extra-decadent dessert. One of the best: a maple-cinnamon cheesecake layered with sweet potato spice cake and maple cream cheese icing, with a bit of cranberry sauce on the side. It’s much lighter than it sounds, and the cinnamon and cranberry offset the not-overly-sweet cake and cheesecake. A wonderfully indulgent way to end a four-course holiday tea. [Debuting on the Hot Five]