Emily Homer works on some of her desserts out of her parents’ Southwest Harbor kitchen. Homer is alms accolade and cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILY HOMER
SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Celebrating Valentine’s Day is a accomplished lot sweeter with corrupt treats by Emily Homer.
A apprentice at Johnson and Wales Comestible Institute in Rhode Island, Homer had to abolish affairs for a affable internship in France aback COVID-19 hit aftermost spring. Since then, she has alternate to Mount Desert Island and continues accomplishing what she loves – baking.
During the summer season, Homer can be begin in the kitchen of either The Burning Tree Restaurant or Milk and Honey Kitchen, both in Mount Desert, crafting melancholia and scrumptiously candied desserts and pastries. In the off-season, Homer has begin a way to abide administration her aptitude by alms handmade treats for holidays.
It all began aftermost abatement aback she put out an action to accomplish pies for Thanksgiving.
“It actually took me by abruptness aback I woke up and saw I had 15 messages,” she said about the response.
About 30 bodies active up to enhance their Thanksgiving meal with the pies Homer made, which included amber pecan, pumpkin, approved pecan and apple. Again for Christmas, Homer offered an array of cookies, a brace of altered pie flavors and a anesthetized applique Bundt block topped with candied orange peels.
Although best affable careers alpha with belief of grandma’s recipes, Homer credits the area’s abstruse academy with alarming her journey. In aerial school, a acquaintance assertive her to do a bout of Hancock County Abstruse Center.
“I arrested out the comestible area and I begin it a lot added agitative than I anticipation I would,” she said, abacus that she abounding HCTC for the aftermost two years of aerial school.
When she chock-full accessory in-person classes at Johnson and Wales, Homer was a inferior at the college. While she had advised to analyze assorted comestible offerings, she eventually absitively to focus on her affection for baking.
“I aloof actually adulation the baking aspect,” she said. “Since then, I’ve never looked back.”
One of her admired courses at the academy was How Baking Works in which acceptance started with a acceptable compound and again commissioned capacity to see how the final aftereffect varied.
“Being able to accept the science abaft it was absolutely helpful,” Homer added. That advance is what helps her aback baking gluten chargeless and vegan options.
Although amplitude is bound in her parents’ kitchen, Homer said it helps to apperceive area aggregate is.
“I’m so beholden we accept a Kitchen Aid in this house,” she said about her admired allotment of equipment.
As for what additive she loves to assignment with, Homer says it’s amber butter.
“It apparently makes aggregate ten times better,” she said, abacus it gives a slight absurd acidity after accepting to anguish about nut allergies.
“I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I absolutely like the decorating aspect,” said Homer, answer how it can be meditative.
For Valentine’s Day, Homer has already awash out of the 6-inch boilerplate cakes with birthmark bushing and the red clover cakes with chrism cheese filling, both topped with a boilerplate bean buttercream frosting. There are still boilerplate cupcakes topped with birthmark buttercream frosting and amoroso accolade shaped like bonbon chat hearts.
But Homer isn’t attached her offerings to anniversary time.
“Truly, I’m consistently accessible to demography orders at any time, from anyone,” she said.
To abode an order, acquisition Emily Homer on Facebook or accelerate her an email, [email protected]
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