Fay Da Bakery is a Chinese bakery that started out in Chinatown and then branched out to other areas and cities. The bakery has a lovely array of cakes, cheesecakes, buns, breads, cookies and other yummy baked goods. I had my eye on this poofy coconut flaked bun split down the middle filled with swirls of cream. Unfortunately, on my first visit to Fay Da in Chinatown, I didn’t have cash, so I could only gaze at this coconutty wonder. On another trip to Fay Da in the West Village, I had cash on hand, so I decided to try one. The cream coconut bun is out of this world good. I love this thing, and it’s probably my favorite pastry that I’ve had in a long time. The bun is sweet and soft and goes well with the sweet buttery filling. Seriously, I want the recipe to this delicious buttercream, if anyone has any idea how it’s made.
I also tried the Japanese cheesecake, which you will find is a tad sweeter than the average Japanese cheesecake. I really liked it.
I wasn’t done with my coconut fix. This little coconut pie is so cute. It’s more on the sweet side. If you’re a fan of coconut, you will like this!
I’m definitely a fan of Fay Da and I want to try more of their items.
OK, Sweets Week is over, but National Ice Cream Month isn’t! On every Monday in July, I’m going to feature some yummy ice cream or frozen treat!
Today’s ice cream comes from an unlikely place, a chocolate shop. Vosges Haut Chocolat is probably my favorite chocolate shop. The flavors are exquisite, and the chocolate just melts on your tongue. Well, a few of those wonderful flavors are also available as ice cream! Their popular chocolate Naga®–sweet Indian curry + coconut +41% deep milk chocolate is one of my favorites. Now, they have Naga curry and coconut soft-serve ice cream. And it’s creamy and delicious. The flavors are subtle, so if you’re afraid of curry in ice cream, don’t be! This is one of the most delicious ice creams I’ve had in a while. And the waffle cones are made in house, and they, too, are delicious.
Coconut products are all the health craze these days. Yesterday, Dr. Oz had a guest talk about coconut flour as an alterative to white flour for use as a breading for things like fried chicken. I see many recipes, especially cookies, made with coconut oil on food blogs.
I found two coconut products that I enjoy. One is Madhava coconut sugar, a sugar made from the nectar of the coconut flower of the coconut palm tree. I use it to top my oatmeal or in my tea. It doesn’t have a coconut flavor, though it is more like brown sugar, and it adds a bit of sweetness.
The second product is Earth Balance organic coconut spread. I use it as a spread instead of butter. It does have a coconut flavor, and I think it goes better with sweet things rather than savory. For example, I like it on bread with some sugar-free jelly, but I wouldn’t want to use it on bread to dip into fried eggs like I would butter.
Enter my giveaway to win a copy of Susan Meisel’s new book, New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights.
First up, L.A. Burdick in Flatiron. L.A. Burdick is a chocolate shop known for its fresh, European-style chocolates, especially cute chocolate mice and penguins. L.A. Burdick also has a cafe where you can try a number of pastries and cakes along with a hot chocolate. I got a chocolate coconut cake, mostly because I’m feeling coconut these days.
Verdict: This cake is a coconut lover’s paradise. From the large flakes of toasted coconut on top to the coconut cream to the chocolate cake with coconut in it, this cake is chock full of coconut–a cake version of a coconut macaroon.
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