Amore Baking CompanyThe new Promenade at the Brick Walk in downtown Fairfiled, Connecticut,  keeps popping out original stores that add to the personality of our town.

I’ve been waiting for “Amore Baking Company” to open, since its owner, Patti Jonker, told me to be on the lookout. You see, I have been a follower of her biscotti (yummy flavors like Chocolate Almond, Cranberry White Chocolate, Cinnamon Sugar or Toffee Chocolate) ever since I have stopped in at her house on baking day.

My friend and I have “field trips,” where we scout out new stores and happenings in the area. That day we had visited the new consignment shop in Westport, “Second Time Around,” as well as the gift store, “The Goody Shop.” Needing a cup of coffee and a little sweet lift, we stopped in to this “gem” to find Patti baking and waiting on a steady stream of customers. We chose a sampling of her tempting desserts for our dinner party–one, and two bite cupcakes in chocolate and red velvet, and a “Mixed Fruit Galette,” or “Rustic Torte.” Packed with fruit and surrounded by a yummy crust the galette was a hit. We heated it up slightly per Patti’s instructions and served it with ice cream. Grab one for your next dinner party!

Fruit GalettePatti’s cookies and brownies are big sellers but my favorite is the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin. With a crumbly, crunchy top loaded with chocolate chips, this is a treat.

It’s obvious that “Amore” fills a niche in the market for tasty treats for those on restricted diets. The bakery carries products from Splendid Spoon and Sweet that include items free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg as well as some that are gluten free. I tasted several of these products and couldn’t believe they were baked without the traditional ingredients. This is a mother’s dream for a place to treat her child who has specific food allergies.

So come and spoil yourself with a little love from “Amore.”