The Sweet Life
[At Home with Nichole Hensen: Nichole's Fine Pastry & Café]
Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by M.Schleif Photography, catering photo by Fernweh + Liebe, café food photo by Maria Slette
When Nichole Hensen opened her pastry shop in Downtown Fargo's Block #8 in 2003, she couldn't have begun to imagine the big impact her small-batch baked goods would make. Sixteen years later, Hensen is well-known and celebrated as the region's premier pastry chef. Specializing in traditional European and classic American favorites, Nichole's Fine Pastry is a local sweet-spot for savory bites, delicate desserts and steaming espresso. Hoping to find her secret recipe for success, we headed to her home on Fargo's historic eighth street where she treated us to a French favorite - salade nicoise, and a classic strawberry shortcake recipe with a Midwestern twist.
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