On my recent trip to NYC I had a list of bakeries to check out . Baked was at the top. Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafit are the founders of Baked bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY and authors of two cookbooks, Baked Explorations and Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. Love them both. The books I mean, not the authors, but they seem lovable too. Aside from the wonderful recipes, I dig the styling and graphics of the books. Style is over half the reason I choose to buy a cookbook. Don't judge.
So one morning I hopped on a train and then another train and then a bus. Red Hook is a schlep from the Upper East Side where I was staying. Anyway, an hour later I found myself on Baked's doorstep and it was an hour's journey well invested.
Once I walked through the doors the vibe and decor of the place instantly made me feel at home.
Then I started perusing the edible goods. Sophie's choice was about to begin. What to buy and sample? Hmmm. There were bars...
Oh and the Whoopie Pies..
After pacing back and forth a bit like a mad woman, I settled on a Brookie which was out-stand-ing. Seriously gooey and chewy and perfect.
The cakes looks so amazing I had to try a few. So I also bought a slice of Aunt Sassy's Pistachio Surprise.
This was good but I didn't love it. I am a white cake person and prefer it over chocolate but this didn't rock my world.
Then I tried the Burnt Sugar Bunt.
Fabulous. Excellent caramel frosting and the cake itself was the perfect consistency.
And to top it off I added a Malted Milk cupcake to the party. The cake part had the malt flavor.
Everything I bought, after tasting I rewrapped to share with friends. However, his cupcake was so excellent, I almost ate the whole thing right there.
And then I did.
When I returned back to Manhattan with my bag of goodies, they were pounced upon and didn't survive the night. I went to sleep that evening dreaming of those Brookies and that Chocolate Frosted Malted Cupcake.
Baked is worth the visit...and the schlep from Manhattan.