Allow me a non-writing indulgence for a bit: I am thinking of offering some freelance catering / pastry / treats. I would love input on what interests you from this list, and/or what turns you off, and additional suggestions are welcome! A few obvious things are missing because I don't have a recipe that satisfies me yet. For instance, I am a sugar cookie connoisseur, and I haven't found a recipe I want to put my name on yet.
Oh, and I have an irrational hatred of blueberry muffins.
Also, I don't have a lot of access to hot-or-cold holding equipment, so I am focusing on items that can be safely stored, held and eaten at room temperature.
So to make a long story short (too late!), here's the brainstorm list:
Lemon polenta cake – this has been my go-to cake, rich and dense
Cheesecake – flavors?
Chocolate truffles – possible filling flavors include chocolate, whisky, peanut butter, almond, espresso, raspberry, blueberry, ginger … I had toyed with a “surprise pack,” in which you get (maybe a dozen?) with two or three flavors.
Scones – plain; dried cherry and chocolate; ginger; pistachio and golden raisin
Danishes – raspberry; hazelnut cream; pistachio cream; fig; lemon; spinach and feta
Cookies – sea salt chocolate chip; peanut butter; cornmeal currant
Salsas / sauces – tomatillo-serrano salsa; chutneys / raitas; some thought pending here
Soups (to reheat) – cannellini bean curry