In 2008, after years of working for others, Martha created her unique dining experience. Judy Balas, architect, gal friend and property owner, transformed an old home on Main Street in Suttons Bay into the perfect venue for Martha’s new enterprise.
She’s back! Susan McConnell, one of the area’s top pastry chefs and a longtime collaborator of Martha’s, has donned her apron again for an encore performance at Martha’s.
Susan couldn’t be happier. After a year-long sabbatical from the pastry world, she recently returned to work at Martha’s. “I love making pastries of all kinds. I particularly love making use of all the wonderful fruit we have available in northwestern Michigan. Every season I try to come up with something new.”
Have you ever tasted one of Susan’s pastries? Here is a baker’s dozen list of reasons why you should visit Martha’s in the near future:
1. Habsburger Torte (featuring hazel nuts and dark chocolate)
2. Pastries as light as air
3. Rhubarb/Strawberry Filo Tart
4. Flaky crusts
5. Coconut Cream pie
6. Pumpkin-filled cookies
7. Peanut Caramel Tart (with white chocolate)
8. Gluten-free Chocolate Mousse Torte
9. Pecan Diamonds (with a shortbread base)
10. Almond Joy Bars
11. Fruit crumbles extraordinaire
12. Gibanica (a Serbian strudel pie)
13. Fill in the blank (after visiting Martha’s): my favorite Susan dessert is __________.
Martha is equally thrilled. “Susan is a longtime friend and food collaborator of mine. She was our pastry chef when Martha’s opened five years ago, and it’s wonderful to have her back on the team. We have already been inundated with requests from Susan’s large fan base.”
Pots de crème, pecan rolls, cupcakes, Black Forest cake…you get the idea. As Susan is quick to point out, “You have to make it fun.” Fun and absolutely delicious.