How would you describe award-winning dessert cookbook author and baking legend Maida Heatter?
A decade ago, a Miami Herald features writer sat with her once in her bayside Normandy Isle home — where she died Thursday at 102 — and put her in context with something not unlike one of Heatter’s own heavenly creations:
“She would be complex and elegant, a layered blend of flavors and textures, a hint of mint, perhaps, a trace of hazelnut, a bit of cream. She would be crunchy on the outside with a deep, soft center, dark and rich, its silky, chocolate caress against the tongue flickering memories and sensations, sweetening the flow of time,” Margaria Fichtner wrote in 2006 when Heatter was 89.
Another, the Herald’s former food editor Kathy Martin, simply summed up Heatter as “Miami’s Sultana of Sweets.”
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