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The Best Coconut Cake August 25, 2011

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Every once in a while I’m blown away by something so delicious that I begin salivating just thinking about it.  Ladies and gentlemen …let me introduce you to one of the best coconut cakes I’ve ever eaten.  Ever? Yes ever.  I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did but it has now become “the” coconut cake against which every coconut cake I consume from this point on will be compared to. It is incredibly light and airy, a chiffon sponge cake like consistency, with pastry cream in the middle, topped with flaked coconut and presented with raspberry sauce which takes it to a completely different deliciousness level.   

Locations: Ohana Hawaiian Cafe, 6320 NE Sandy Blvd Portland Oregon /10608 SE Main St Milwaukie Oregon

Cost: $6

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My First Lamington ~ Pacific Pie Company July 29, 2011

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Lamington: A traditional Australian dessert in the shape of a cube.  Made of sponge cake that is coated with chocolate icing then sprinkled with coconut.  An optional filling of  jam or cream can be in between the layers of sponge cake. 

I consider myself a dessert aficionado but I’ve never even heard of these cakes before the fine folks at Pacific Pie Company brought these to my attention and expanded my dessert portfolio.  I’m already a  huge fan of their savory and sweet pasties and pies so when the staff told me about their upcoming Australian Day specials, I came back the next day to try them out.

I have to say I really liked this cake.  I saved half of it for the next day and ended up eating it for breakfast with my coffee which complimented perfectly with the cake.  Why did I only eat half you might ask?  Anyone who knows me can attest that I rarely leave any leftovers where dessert is concerned but this time I went all Miss Piggy and bought a peanut butter pie too.  But back to the lamington…I would have personally wanted more jam filling but overall, it was a good dessert that I’m glad I got the chance to try.  It isn’t overly sweet so I’d probably eat it again for a breakfast snack rather than something to satisfy my sweet tooth.  For that, I would get their dreamy creamy peanut butter pie.  I’ve tried to only eat half of that pie but I have yet to be successful.  Yes, it’s just that good. 

Location: 1520 SE 7th Portland Oregon 503-381-6157

Website: www.pacificpieco.com

Cost: $3.50 if they keep it on their regular menu otherwise come back on Australia Day (January 26th)
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Pavlova ~ Sweet Carrie’s Dessert Shop July 4, 2011

Yumm!

Pavlova: a dessert of Australian and New Zealand origin consisting of a meringue shell topped with whipped cream and usually, fruit.

This is one of my all time favorite desserts (yes, I have many) and yet I have no idea where to find it in Portland.  I can get a similar – but not quite the same – tasting meringue type concoction at Papa Hydn but it’s the fru-fru upper class version and although the taste is similar, it is texturally different and therefore is a let down if you are expecting a pavlova.  The texture difference is made possible with the addition of cornstarch and vinegar that is not typically found in a regular meringue recipe. The Papa Hydn version is solid meringue that has that crunch throughout and is served with chocolate drizzle and raspberry sauce.  A pavlova on the other hand, has a delicate crispness on the outside but it is moist on the inside with a texture that is similar to a marshmallow.   It is topped with a bit of fresh whip and seasonal fruit.  

So where do I get my pavlova fix? I stop by Sweet Carrie’s Dessert Shop located on the lower level on Londsdale Quay in North Vancouver.  I visit friends there as often as I can so this is always a pit stop for me when I am in town.  A very nice Asian couple run this place and the pavlova is by far their most popular item. The individual sized desserts may disappear out of the display case before they can replenish it but just ask them to make one and they will happily do so in a flash.  They also sell larger sizes (roll and full cake sizes) if you need to feed several people. 

I’m posting this entry to my blog on July 4th because I’ll be in Canada taking advantage of this American holiday and most likely eating this very dessert.  I’ve been looking forward to this for months.  Oh pavlova how I missed you….

Location: Lower level Lonsdale Quay 123 Carrie Cates Court North Vancouver BC Canada  (604) 987-7843

Cost: $3.05 Cdn + 12% HST