As a longtime restaurant critic, food writer, and (so I’m told) pretty good cook, I leave one thing strictly to the pros: pastries. Creating perfect pastries requires patience and technical abilities the likes of which few possess. Thankfully, these local baker-artists deliver precision that’s both extraordinary and delicious.
Kayleigh Morton, who was educated at Le Cordon Bleu, has a résumé that includes Chez Betty, Eva’s Bakery, and the Goldener Hirsch. She has also helped to feed staff at NBC Studios on shows like The Office and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now, with her own Belle’s Bakery in Heber, Morton thrills customers with luscious baked goods like her kouign-amann. A specialty of France’s Brittany region, this heavenly pastry pays homage to butter, sugar, dough, and yeast. 734 W 100 South, Heber City, 435.300.0393, bellesbakeryheber.com
In the heart of Park City Mountain’s resort base, the wafting aroma of hot funnel cake leads directly to the no-frills establishment The Hungry Miner. There, you can create your own made-to-order funnel cakes and funnel fries (or hot dog). Customized cakes involve selecting your favorite icings, toppings and optional drizzle. My personal fave is raspberry icing with cinnamon streusel topping and caramel drizzle. 1385 Lowell Ave, 435.731.4994, thehungryminer.com
At Auntie Em’s in the Kimball Art Center, owner Emily Burney and her sidekick, Rachel Anderson, bake pies that are impossibly flaky and delicious. For a truly unique treat, give the maple-bourbon-pecan pie a go. Auntie Em’s sweetens this pie with organic maple syrup from Vermont in place of corn syrup and finishes it off with Alpine Distilling’s bourbon. 1401 Kearns Blvd, 815.263.4061, auntieemspc.com
There’s a lot to love at Bill White’s Windy Ridge Bakery but especially the freshly baked pies, cakes, and tarts. And kudos to the bakers at Windy Ridge for including gluten-free options like raspberry cheesecake—a decadent, creamy cheesecake made with swirled raspberry and an exceptional almond crust. 1750 Iron Horse Dr, 435.647.2906, windyridgebakery.com