Have you completed all your Thanksgiving shopping yet? If not, prepare for crazy crowds at the big-box stores. We want a fantastic holiday for every one of our customers this year that hopefully does not involve a frantic dash for the perfect dessert. Instead, you could stop by our Draper café and pick up a dish of delectability. Our pies are sometimes not pies, and our cakes are sometimes not cakes. But, they are exactly what you need for your party.
A Different Tradition
Before we get into all the deliciousness we have for you at our European bakery, we should talk about something we do a little differently on Thanksgiving. Most people think that they could not really have an American Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce. And yet, that is precisely what we do at home. Instead of topping meats with cranberry, we rely on Rødkål to provide that hint of sweetness and bitterness we crave. Rødkål is actually made of red cabbage, cooked for hours in vinegar and apples to provide those complex flavors.
Cake vs Pie
When you come into our Draper café this week, you might see a few things that you would not expect. It is Thanksgiving, and we would be remiss if we did not have at least a few gorgeous pies for you to take home. But, all this discussion of pie goodness brings up the age-old argument: cake or pie? At Bake 360, we remain firmly on the fence. We are proud of our cakes and our tarts. But, we hope that our fantastic variety of desserts might tempt you to step outside the box and get something really engaging this year.
Sometimes, the name of the food is a delightful misnomer. For example, Boston cream pie is not actually pie. And, cheesecake is not a cake. What do we love about these desserts? They are rich, almost sinfully so. They fulfill our cravings for tastes from the traditions of the East Coast. But, what on earth is a Boston cream pie, if it is not a pie? It is a cake. Close your eyes and imagine it. Sponge cake, with a thick layer of vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with our luscious chocolate ganache. Who cares if it is not a pie? We certainly do not.
If you crave a cake that is actually a pie, you could always take one of the full-size sweet potato cheesecakes at our Draper bakery. Chef Roy says that he prefers to use sweet potato instead of pumpkin because sweet potato has more flavor. And, with all the nutritional benefits you get with sweet potatoes, you know you can justify the indulgence. Our cheesecakes are made with crème fraîche and have that delicate texture you have come to love. Topped with the sweet and tart notes of the cranberry compote, the cheesecake has almost everything you love about Thanksgiving, hidden in each bite.
Last, but certainly not least, we have our traditional pies. We do not often serve apple pies at our European café, but this is a holiday. As such, we have a Dutch apple pie that will knock your socks off. Envision crisp apples baked in a tender, flaky crust. The topping, a combination of flour, sugar and cinnamon with other flavors, makes it a part of Dutch cuisine dating back almost 400 years. Ready for something a little richer? Go for our classic chocolate pecan tart. Just the right balance of sweetness, nuttiness and tasty chocolate leaves you begging for more.
Oh, for a little more time to prepare! The time is running out this year. Why not make it easy? Take a chance on something a little different this year, or go for a classic. Just remember to stop by our Draper café before the big day, before all the tasty desserts make way for football and a little nap on the couch.