Let’s talk bakeries – and pastries.
First, a confession: I’m a fan of sweet treats. Life-long. Not the best of choices, but I can’t resist ‘em.
Some yummy things still exist. Many are long gone.
So, a reflection or two…memories you also may share.
Hall of fame, or gone but not forgotten:
- The lemon crunch cake, from the old downtown Alexander Young Hotel Bakery.
- The red velvet cake, from Sweetheart Bakery, in Makiki.
- The French doughnut, from Bill’s Bakery in Kapahulu.
- The peach Bavarian cake, from Kapiolani Bakery.
- The guava chiffon cake, from Delight Bakery, in Kalihi.
- The glazed blueberry cake doughnut, from Safeway Bakery.
- The custard pie, from Bea’s Bakery in Kaimuki.
- The Japan-style square whole wheat and/or white bread, from Shirokiya Bakery at Ala Moana Center.
- The humungous glazed yeast doughnut (I used to call ‘em “truck tires”), Kimura Bakery in Kaimuki.
- The circular crusted bread (don’t recall what it was named), from 9th Avenue Bakery in Kaimuki.
- The sweet bread rolls, from King’s Bakery (bakery gone, recipe still lives via national distribution and available at markets).
Still present and still delish…
- The coco puffs, from Liliha Bakery.
- The Napples apple turnover, from Napoleon Bakery, at Zippy’s.
- The Chantilly cake, from Napoleon Bakery.
- The malasadas, from Leonard’s Bakery.
- The apple fritters doughnut, from McDonald’s (all locations).
- The coconut haupia pie, served at the Halekulani Hotel’s Orchids restaurant, and apparently available as a dessert slice at the Halekulani Bakery and Restaurant at the Halepuna Hotel across the street from the hotel.
Some other wonderments
- The Halekulani’s popovers are legendary; back in the day, larger portions were available; now, a smaller version is a huge favorite at the Sunday brunch and served as part of the offerings. The popovers at Neiman Marcus’ Mariposa restaurant hit the spot, too.
- Are those malasada-like doughnuts, with fillings ranging from apple to custard to chocolate pudding still part of any bakery’s menu? Yes, nowadays, Leonard’s malasadas have fillings, too.
- Are you a fan of the trendy upscale doughnuts topped with everything like bacon, cereal, nuts of all kinds and laden with specialty frostings?
- Anna Miller’s at Pearlridge used to make its marvelous strawberry shortcake; is it only a seasonal offering, or is it off the menu for good?
- Costco’s bakery options are great for the prices, but the gotta-buy-12 muffins or a dozen large croissants are overwhelming for a household of two. And if you savor the portions, the pumpkin, custard, and apple pies will feed an army. Well, you know what I mean.
Feel free to add your faves to the discussion. Yum’s the word…