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Quickie King Cake Review: Curious Confections
Who'd'a thunk a British lady could pull off a King Cake?
DAILY Food  February 17, 2012, by Melanie Haupt
"...I first met Gemma Matherne, the mastermind behind Curious Confections, at one of the earliest meetings of ATX Swappers, where I was fortunate enough to get my mitts on some of her incredible millionaire's shortbread...."

Sweets With a British Accent
Curious Confections
Food Story  February 21, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Chewy pecan pralines. These are a tiny fraction of the exquisite treats made by Curious Confections (www.curiousconfections.com)..."

Food-o-File
Fond farewells and new beginnings
Food Column  July 23, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Local artisan food and beverage producers have until the end of the month to make submissions to the sixth annual Good Food Awards, a program that recognizes excellence in both the quality and sustainability of artisan food and beverage products in the following categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pickles, preserves, spirits, and – new this year – pantry condiments and ciders. Local companies such as Confituras, Pogue Mahone Pickles, Cuvée Coffee, Independence Brewing Co., and Jester King Brewery are past winners..."

Food-o-File
New Year's resolutions
Food Column  December 18, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Sustainable Food Center's Downtown farmers' market is getting some new vendors. Gemma and Michael Matherne began selling their delightful Curious Confections pastries and holiday sweets a couple of Saturdays back, and on Jan..."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Mardi Gras 2015: Good Time Rolls
Link to us when the heart's Louisiana-bound, but the rest of you can't be
DAILY Food  February 10, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...• Melanie Haupt went a little deeper into one of the spots on Virginia's list: Curious Confections...."

The Year in Food
The 2014 tastes we just couldn't stop thinking about
Food Story  December 31, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...5) FRENCH VANILLA RIBBON COOKIES, CURIOUS CONFECTIONS Baker Gemma Matherne only makes these thin, crisp wafers about once a month, so I buy several bags at a time and Do. Not..."

Farmers' Market Report: April 19-20, 2014
The first summer squash, chocolate bunnies, and iceberg lettuce
DAILY Food  April 18, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Cedar Park Farmers’ Market will have a scavenger hunt for the kids from 10am-Noon, with Easter and spring prizes for the kids. [image-3] The HOPE Farmers' Market will probably be livelier than usual, as they will be hosting a super fun Easter egg, vegetable, and toffee hunt. Children can find real farm eggs from Windy Hill Farms, fresh veggies from JBG, and homemade taffies from Curious Confections..."

Farmers’ Market Report: February 8-9, 2014
Broccoli, quail eggs, mead, and sausages
DAILY Food  February 7, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...But the quail eggs are a complete must if you love Japanese cooking, and there is nothing like a goose egg for making quiche. [image-4] Over at the HOPE Farmers Market, Wild River Ranch finally has hydroponic heirloom tomatoes big enough to bring to market. The heirloom tomatoes sell out quickly, the demand is greater than the supply, so these should be a going proposition for Wild River Ranch. [image-5] Curious Confections (also at HOPE) will be bringing a whole different batch of goodies this week: Chocolate Macarons, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, S’mores Bars, Chocolate Strawberry Marshmallows, Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies, Banana Blueberry Bread, and Currant Scones..."

Farmers’ Market Report: Oct. 26-27, 2013
Sweet peppers, butternut squash, lettuce, apples, and bacon
DAILY Food  October 25, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...[image-6] On the topic of Halloween, Curious Confections, a South Austin bakery that sells at the HOPE Farmers Market, will be featuring their macabre “GingerDead Cookies” this Sunday, as well as handmade Pumpkin Caramels. Curious Confections also makes decorated cakes to order, and they made this awesome cake for the HOPE Markets fourth birthday last Sunday (you can’t tell from the photo, but the balloons were airborne and made of sugar, as well)...."

All Hail the King Cake
It's not Carnival until you find the hidden baby
DAILY Food  February 6, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Curious Confections (www.curiousconfections.com, 512/465-2879) Gemma and Michael Matherne maintain a busy stall at the Downtown SFC Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings and HOPE Farmers Market every Sunday. Give them at least 24 hours' notice on orders and they’ll whip up traditional, cinnamon-sugar-filled New Orleans-style king cakes ($10 small, $20 large) or try more exotic fillings, such as lemon curd, Voodoo chocolate, or chocolate hazelnut ($12 small, $24 large)..."

Food-o-File: Holiday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  December 23, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Speaking of King Cakes, Gemma Matherne of Curious Confections will begin taking orders in time for Epiphany and continue through Mardi Gras. In keeping with her tradition of adding new flavors every year, this year she's adding the traditional French galette du roi to her repertoire..."

The Farmers’ Market Report: April 12-13, 2014
Rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, lamb roasts, and dog shampoo
DAILY Food  April 11, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Curious Confections will only be making hot cross buns until Easter, so this weekend is your second-to-last chance to get some. This week's menu also includes almond croissants, apple turnovers, peanut colada energy bars, green tea scones, black cherry marshmallows, coffee caramels, chocolate crackle cookies, ribbon cookies, and white chocolate raspberry brownies. [image-9] Speaking of British baking, over at the Barton Creek Market and the Bluebonnet Market, the other British bakery Let’s Get Pie will be selling chocolate-dipped flapjacks, tiny mince pies, and almond cake pies. [image-10] Also at Barton Creek, Caeda Farms will be selling Texas bouquets of unusual merit, and the South Austin People Soap Company is now selling dog shampoo and laundry shampoo..."

Farmers' Market Report: April 5-6, 2014
Bluegrass, celery, strawberries, goat cheese, and hailstones
DAILY Food  April 4, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Curious Confections will only have hot cross buns for three more weeks, so act accordingly. On their rotating menu this week, they will be featuring lemon breakfast tarts, blackberry oat bars, grapefruit scones, Steen's marshmallows, honey sesame cashew nuts, coffee bean cookies, s’mores cookies, and treacle tarts..."

Farmers’ Market Report: March 29-30, 2014
Asparagus, spinach, celery tops, turkey eggs, and black hogs
DAILY Food  March 28, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Curious Confections, (in addition to butter croissants, Pain au Chocolat and Hot Cross Buns), will be bringing Apple Hand Pies, Samoa Doughnuts, Ginger Scones, Peanut Butter and Jelly Marshmallows, Chocolate Fudge, Speculoos Cookies, Chocolate Espresso Hazelnut Biscotti, and English Flapjacks. English Flapjacks are not pancakes, but are instead oat bars made with golden syrup. [image-11] Although I don’t believe any are yet big enough for sale, Farmer Brenton Johnson sent in a photo of his first artichoke of the year..."

The Farmers’ Market Report: March 22-23, 2014
Feta, spring vegetables, lavender, and asparagus, if you're lucky
DAILY Food  March 21, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Curious Confections will have Hot Cross Buns, Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Eccles Cakes (an English puff pastry filled with currants), Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, Apple Scones, Cherry Limeade Marshmallows, Salted Caramels, Coconut Macaroons, Fig Newtons, and Chewy Peanut Bars...."

Farmers' Market Report: March 15-16, 2014
Asparagus, green garlic, dandelion greens, and milkweed for Monarchs
DAILY Food  March 14, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Speaking of British bakeries, Curious Confections at the HOPE Market will be making Hot Cross Buns all the way unti Easter, as they proved to be very popular at last Sunday’s Market. In addition to the Hot Cross Buns, Pain au Chocolate, and butter croissants, Gemma will be making Lemon Curd Breakfast Tarts, Rock Buns, Chai Scones, Chocolate Marshmallows, Candied Pistachios, Scottish shortbread, Ore-Ohs, and Ginger Brownies...."

The Farmers’ Market Report: March 8-9, 2014
Pastured meats, beets, and treats
DAILY Food  March 7, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...Moving on to non-meat news items: Now that Mardi Gras season is over, Curious Confections at the HOPE Market will be selling hot cross buns to replace its king cakes. Lightly spiced, and filled with raisins, currants, and sultanas, these are an Easter staple..."

Farmers’ Market Report: March 1-2, 2014
Sausages, snapper, shrimp, soap, and scones
DAILY Food  February 28, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...4, so if you have been procrastinating on ordering a fresh King Cake, it is time to get on it. Curious Confections is still taking orders, and  they will have a few full-size King Cakes to sell at the HOPE Market..."

Mardi Gras King Cakes, Coming Right Up!
Local vendors providing a key element to pre-Lenten parties
DAILY Food  February 25, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Curious Confections (www.curiousconfections.com; 512/465-2879) Gemma and Michael Maherne are cottage bakers who maintain a busy stall at the HOPE Farmers’ Market every Sunday. Give them at least 24 hours notice on orders and they’ll whip up traditional, cinnamon-sugar filled New Orleans-style King Cakes ($10 small, $20 large) or more exotic fillings such as lemon curd, Voodoo chocolate, or chocolate hazelnut ($12 small, $24 large); pick up or delivery, by arrangement...."

The Farmers’ Market Report: Feb. 15-16, 2014
Strawberries, strawberry gelato, avocados, and smoked oysters
DAILY Food  February 14, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...On Saturday, they will be at the SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market, where they will be making two exclusive sandwiches, as well. On Sunday, they will be at the HOPE Farmers’ Market. [image-5] Curious Confections has made special caramels for this week’s HOPE Market, using honey from the Austin Honey Company..."

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