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Dessert in the Desert: Maynards Market & Kitchen

Maynards’ rotating dessert menu will undoubtedly make you save room for dessert.

May 15, 2017

Dessert in the Desert

It might feel like summer already, but come June 13, Maynards Market & Kitchen will be launching a new dessert menu for the summertime. And trust me, it looks delicious.

“Maynards is geared toward local product, seasonal items, and wholesome ingredients,” Pastry Chef Carol Friel said.

“Our new menu was largely influenced by the heat heading our way,” she said. “One can expect a lot of refreshing plates to end their night with.”

Friel’s team only consists of four people, which makes it easy to bounce ideas back and forth.

“When creating a menu, you have to think about the various textures and flavors that desserts can have,” Friel said. “And then you have to try to cover as many categories as possible.”

The Mango Tajin Panna Cotta takes a Sonoran twist on the classic panna cotta.

Maynards’ new dessert menu, launching June 13, is set to include:

  • Caramelized White Chocolate Mille Feuille with caramelized white chocolate mousse, banana caramel, and brûléed bananas
  • Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake with strawberry pink peppercorn gastrique
  • Flourless Chocolate Torte with a cardamom anglaise, orange preserves, and candied pistachios
  • Mango Tajin Panna Cotta with coconut meringue
  • Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée 

The flourless chocolate torte is staying on the menu through the summer, but will undergo a mini-makeover.

The current dessert menu, which will come to a close on June 12, includes:

  • Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée with caramelized sugar, fresh berries, and a ginger crisp
  • Meyer Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake with brandied blackberries and blackberry coulis
  • Berries & Cream with cinnamon-spiced cream, berry sauces, frozen berry granita, and fresh berries
  • Rhubarb Mousse with macerated raspberries, lemon whipped cream, and a pistachio brittle
  • Sweet Potato Beignets, which is a New Orleans-style doughnut made to order with white chocolate caramel
  • Spiced Flourless Chocolate Torte with cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne, dulce de leche, and creme anglaise
  • Duo of Wine Poached Pears with red wine, white wine, house granola, and coriander mascarpone

Get the sweet potato beignets and poached pears while you can!

The cheesecake at Maynards is one of the restaurant’s best-sellers.

Due to their popularity, the creme brûlée, cheesecake, and chocolate torte from the current menu will stay on the summer menu. However, the desserts will receive mini-makeovers. So, if you love the cheesecake, creme brûlée, and the chocolate torte, get ready to love them even more.

“When I first started, I asked what I can and can’t change,” Friel said. “The cheesecake and the creme brûlée were the only two constants, and the rest was up to us.”

The most popular dessert is the cheesecake — so popular that five cheesecakes are baked at a time to stay ahead of demand.

But what makes the cheesecake stand out? The goat cheese, which gives the dessert a creamy consistency and a tangy taste.

The Caramelized White Chocolate Mille Feuille is one of Maynards’ summer additions.

When the summer menu hits, Maynards will be offering five different dessert options.

“Being a hub restaurant downtown means that we get guests from all over, not only Tucson natives,” Friel said. “I think it’s important to offer many options because everyone has a different palate.”

“At Maynards, the dining experience is finely executed,” she said. “Desserts are normally the last item any patron will order, so what comes out should really flow with the menu. Guests want a well-rounded experience. They want a three-course meal with wine pairings. That’s why they’ve chosen us. Ending a meal with a well-executed dessert is important for the overall balance.”

As for Friel’s favorite dessert to eat, she’s quite simple.

“I think I’ll always be an ice cream and cake kind of girl,” she said. “Ice cream cake? Even better.”

Maynards Market & Kitchen
400 N. Toole Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-545-0577


Dessert in the Desert is a new series highlighting desserts in Tucson. The main courses at restaurants get all the rage, as they should, but what about desserts? They deserve a spotlight, too.


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