Pastry chef and owner of Delectable Desire Pastries, Carlene O’Garro is proving that with her unique recipes and mouthwatering creations, female cooks are forces to be reckoned with.
Not only does O’Garro specialize in custom cakes, Whole Foods picked up her all natural graham crackers, which can be purchased in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The 34-year-old Boston native and entrepreneur started her business making pastries from her home and selling baked goods before opening her first store in 2015. O’Garro recently launched her second store inside Boston South Station bus terminal.
“Some of my recipes are passed down from my family, some of it is trial and error,” says O’Garro. “Some of it is a combination I learned in culinary art school that I tweaked along the way.”
One of O’Garro’s earliest memories started in her family home, where she used to help her mom in the kitchen. “Ever since I was four, my mom always used to make cake and would let me beat the butter and sugar, and I fell in love with it,” says O’Garro. “They bought me an Easy-Bake oven and the rest is history.”
All of O’Garro’s recipes are baked fresh each morning beginning at 1:30 a.m., and she’s constantly testing new recipes for desserts.
Now you can whip up one of her recipes for an easy Thanksgiving blueberry pie.
Blueberry pie filling (9 inch pan):
5 cups of frozen blueberry
3/4 cup of sugar
½ cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
pinch of lemon zest
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl gently mix the ingredients before pouring the sugar coated berries into a pre-made refrigerated pie crust. For a cream wash, use heavy cream to brush the top crust.
Place the pie on the middle wrack in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Mini pies can be baked for 15-20 minutes.
O’Garro likes to add her homemade whipped cream along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to her pie plate.