Yesterday on our post about the newly opened Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisan’s Market in Alexandria, we promised more information on one of the market’s newest vendors – MT’s Pastries and the best brownies ever.
MT is Melissa Taylor, a self-described Air Force brat who was born in this area and then traipsed up and down the Eastern seaboard as a military dependent. Now living in Maryland with her son, Melissa’s day job is with the DC Government.
The other (unofficial) MT in this story is Mary Tucker, a co-worker of Melissa’s by way of Georgia and Amsterdam and the best friend/cheerleader a girl could hope to have. The story goes something like this –
Melissa Taylor and Mary Tucker
Melissa routinely treats her co-workers to brownies and one day Mary says “You should be selling these.” Melissa smiles, nods politely and goes back to work.
But Mary is serious. Used to the open air markets of Europe, Mary does some research, makes a few phone calls and before she knows it, Melissa is officially signed up as a vendor at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisan’s Market.
Now Melissa has to find a commercial kitchen, come up with a logo, packaging, pricing and all those other retail “things” but MT’s Pastries is born and we are the lucky benefactors.
Why was Mary so serious about this quest? Well, let’s start with the brownies, or what Melissa calls, the best brownie ever. One with walnuts, one plain.
Large squares of deep, rich chocolate with a slight crunch on the outside and a molten, almost-but not-quite fudge like interior. Chewing is optional – just let the chocolate slowly disintegrate from the heat of your mouth.
Melissa started baking at about age 12. She liked brownies and it seemed a good place to start. She took a basic recipe, made adjustments, tested each iteration on family and friends and kept adjusting until she found what she calls the “secret recipe.” Twenty some years later the recipe is still delighting family, friends and, now, customers at the Four Mile Run Market.
Melissa likes to keep it simple but two additional brownies will make an appearance in the coming weeks. One is Nick’s Peanutty Brownie Creation, a contribution from her son and Twisted Sistah, a blondie/brownie combination.
Mary, ever the promoter, says there is also a cheesecake to die for and maybe a cookie like the Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies or even a coffee cake. For now though Melissa is concentrating on those brownies while Mary looks for more farmers markets to conquer.
MT’s Pastries and the best brownies ever makes its next appearance at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market, on July 25th. Be there!
And if you want to look at houses, I’ll treat! Give me a call at 703.927.4554.