Just Dessert: If you love chocolate with peanut butter, this Green Fields Market bar’s for you

  • The Peanut Butter Lovin' bar at Green Fields Market in Greenfield. GAZETTE STAFF/Lisa Spear

  • Green Fields Market in Greenfield makes an array of baked goods every day.. GAZETTE STAFF/Lisa Spear

Staff Writer
Published: 3/24/2017 6:13:57 PM

Editor’s note: In this monthly column writer Lisa Spear indulges her sweet tooth by sampling desserts made at area restaurants.

By LISA SPEAR

Peanut butter is just one of those foods that never gets old. I can eat it with almost anything or just plain out of the jar. There are no frills and no surprises and that is the way I like it.

This all changed when I came across the Peanut Butter Lovin' bar at the Green Fields Market bakery on Main Street in Greenfield.

It is a rectangular block that stands in the palm of my hand at less than one inch high, but it is impressively dense. The top layer is chocolate fudge, spread across an even thicker layer of a peanut butter filling, which sits on chocolate cake.

Through and through, it has the consistency of fudge and is quite filling. Depending on your appetite and your endurance, one bar could lead to seconds.

It is a confection that has been made from scratch almost every day for years at this bakery. It's also a recipe that was invented on site by bakery manager Michael Shersnow, who has toiled away learning how to bake here for more than 14 years and now oversees a team.

The ingredients are simple, but brilliantly complement each other. There isn’t a lot of sugar and there are no secret additions. A little bit of butter is whipped into the peanut butter concoction to bind it together. A decent chunk of dark chocolate comes with every bite, but peanut butter remains the dominant flavor. The bottom layer is made from leftover chocolate cakes.

“People generally love it,” says Shersnow.

The Peanut Butter Lovin' bar is one of the bakery's top sellers, but there are also a number of other winners behind the glass at this hometown grocery store.

The carrot cake with cream cheese white chocolate frosting is a classic. The Death by Chocolate Cake is one of the signature cakes. There is a wheat-free brownie that has a base of bananas that is pretty popular; it doesn't have any sugar added, the sweetness from the bananas is enough. But despite this array of impressive confections, which are made daily, it’s easy to walk right by the bakery display case if you don’t know it’s there. It has its regular customers, though, who come in almost daily, says baker Shauna Mizula.

When costs allow, the bakers go for the organic, non-GMO and local options. The creamy organic peanut butter in the Peanut Butter Lovin’ bars is from health food company Once Again. The cream in the cream cheese frosting on the carrot cake is from Mapleline Farm in Hadley, says Mizula.

Aside from the fact that everything is made from scratch with high-caliber products, the culture of creativity behind the scenes also makes this bakery stand out. When time permits, the staff is encouraged to try new recipes or even create their own, says Mizula.

On Valentine’s Day, they decorate strawberries with white and dark chocolate to make each one look like it is wearing a tiny tuxedo. They also dress up their baked goods on Halloween. White chocolate graveyards show up on their chocolate cakes. Cookies that look like fingers with almond fingernails make an appearance. On Christmas, gingerbread people appear on their gingerbread cake.

I haven’t tried them all, but so far the Peanut Butter Lovin’ bar wins my heart.

Have you discovered a confection at a local eatery that makes you want to skip the main course?

Email Lisa Spear at Lspear@gazettenet.com.




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