Posts Tagged ‘cheesecake’

Despi Delite Bakery

February 26, 2018

I had never heard of Ube before I moved to Seattle and now I can’t get enough of it. Despi Delite Bakery in Beacon Hill makes good use of the purple tuber, incorporating it into several of their desserts. Most appealing to me was the Ube bread – the dough is similar to that of Portuguese sweet bread, and the filling is ube.

The bread and filling were soft and extremely fresh. If you’ve never had ube bread before, please seek it out because it’s worth searching for. I was less blown away by their version of the cronut, but was redeemed with more ube, this time in cheesecake form:

Similar in appearance, texture and quality to Hood’s Famous Bakeshop, this small cake kept nicely in the fridge for several days and gave me something to look forward to when I got home from work. Delite is a great little spot for ube addicts, and you can’t beat the prices!

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Hood Famous Bakeshop

February 26, 2017

When you’re too much of a foodie to eat at the Cheesecake Factory but you still want that creamy, tangy goodness (and you’re willing to deal with parking in Ballard), check out Hood’s Famous Bakeshop. Instead of Snickers and Pumpkin flavors, you’ll fall in love with more interesting Filipino flavors like ube and guava. The shop itself is little more than a hole-in-the-wall, so choose your cakes (mini size and up) and go. I went all mini for a family dinner:

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The red top left is the white chocolate guava, the orange next to it is mango, the purple is the ube (purple yam), the green is coconut pandan (a green leaf used in southeast Asia for flavor), and the brown is Vietnamese coffee. The big hits were the coffee and the mango, but I preferred the ube which is what Hood is famous for. It doesn’t taste like yam – the flavor is pretty close to vanilla – but the ube gives the cake a lovely texture (the color ain’t bad either). If you’re throwing a summer dinner party for out-of-town guests (or, for that matter, a winter dinner party for Seattleites) these will be big hit. The ube cake is also sold at local grocery stores so there’s really no excuse for going to the Cheesecake Factory (unless, like me, you really like that Oreo Cheesecake!).