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Downtown Bakery, Healdsburg

Melanie Wong | Oct 18, 200403:55 AM

Guess our Indian summer is over, and sadly, I didn't try nearly enough of Downtown Bakery's seasonal ice cream and sherbet flavors during the hot weather. Housemade with the purest ingredients, the ice creams are a bit icy and less sweet here highlighting the intensely fresh flavors. Whatever seasonal fruit is offered up in the frozen treats can be counted on to be at the absolute peak of flavor and I find these the best bets. The wild blackberry ice cream had an unmatched prickly intensity this summer. Satsuma plum with exciting tart-sweet balance and mottled pinkish-purple plum puree against the creamy base was studded with quartered pieces of frozen plum. A favorite companion in the cup to complement the fruit flavors is the Mexican chocolate sherbet, spicy and deeply chocolate-y without being heavy, that wakes up your mouth. And, yes, you can have two flavors in the one scoop size cup ($2.50).

Most of my purchases at Downtown Bakery are for a morning pastry on the go - sticky buns, pain au chocolat, pecan twist. However, I think the cookies are the unsung heroes. My favorite ones tend to be the thin icebox type. Also lovely are the ginger snaps, orange almond cookies studded with candied orange rind, and the chocolate macaroons sandwiched together with sublime chocolate ganache.


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