I hadn't gone to Sweet Melissa's in a long time when i wandered into Melissa Murphy's newest location in Park Slope. I had to have the butterscotch pudding, which still sets the standard for butterscotch pudding in this city. It's creamy, light, and refreshingly unsweet. The chocolate cookies were mighty fine, and the sour cherry clafouti is a deceptively buttery and tart delight that demands to be eaten by hand. And though most cupcakes leave me cold, Melissa's peanut butter cream chocolate cupcakes almost make me a cupcake convert. She is also a serious pie baker. In fact, Sweet Melissa's is a remarkably consistent bakery. And in a world awash in maddeningly inconsistent bakeries, that consistency is most welcome.
Sweet Melissa's 276 Court Street (at Douglass) Brooklyn, NY 11231 Ph: 718-855-3410
Other locations: 175 Seventh Avenue (1st and 2nd Sts.) Brooklyn, NY 11215 Ph: 718-502-9153
296 Bond St. (Sackett)--Baking Headquarters Brooklyn, NY 11231 No phone