Ask The Pastry Chef: What to Eat At Amy's Bread, NYC
Serious Eats / New York
March 20, 2013

In 1992, Amy Scherber opened the original location of her namesake bakery in Hell's Kitchen. Fast forward to the present and you'll find two more bustling locations in Manhattan, including a recently revamped store in Chelsea Market, and that Amy's Bread has become a New York City institution.

And while her bread may be what put Scherber on the map, Amy's also makes some of the best sweets in NYC, from old-fashioned layer cakes to crumbly oat scones. With so many choices on display, it's good to have some guidance, and guidance from the top. We asked Scherber to tell us her top 5 favorite sweets available at the bakery.

Oat Scone
"My top favorite sweet is the Oat Scone. It is a breakfast item, but it’s great to enjoy at any hour of the day. Our oat scones are crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and not too sweet. Each day we have a different fruit and nut combination rolled into the batter, which is made with hearty rolled oats. I love the fig and hazelnut, or the golden raisin and walnut. The banana pecan is also a treat."

Banana Bran and Walnut Muffin
Another breakfast favorite is the Banana Bran and Walnut Muffin (available on Mondays and Thursdays). I created this muffin for myself because I love the coarse texture of bran with the sweetness of ripe bananas, and the toasty flavor of the walnuts. Luckily, our customers like this combination too!"

Butterscotch Cashew Bars
"This recipe came from my mom, although we updated it with a bit more caramel and added roasted and salted cashews instead of raw nuts. It’s a delicious combination of a firm, buttery crust, a gooey, sweet butterscotch layer, and a crunchy salted cashew finish. I love this for picnics and parties because it’s portable and good at any temperature."

Devil's Food Cake
"When it comes to cake…the Devil’s Food with Chocolate Silk Frosting is my all time favorite. It’s moist and rich with a deep chocolate flavor, and a not so sweet, but super decadent chocolate frosting. It satisfies your craving for chocolate, and even a small slice can make you happy for hours!"

Lemon Bars
"Our Lemon Bars are pretty tart, and that is the way I really like them. They have a very tender crust and a sweet-tart lemon yellow layer that really says 'lemon.' I am often disappointed with lemon desserts because the lemon flavor is so subtle and the sweetness overpowers the tart lemon quality. Not so with these bars!! They are zesty and sweet, and practically melt in your mouth."

-Stef Shapira
[Photographs: Maryse Chevriere]