Friday, July 10, 2015

Cookies and Loaves: Sampling The Bald Baker's Baked Creations

"I figured if I was going to make the world a better place, I'd do it with cookies..."

That line from the film Stranger than Fiction just popped up after a taste of some indulgent and inventive cookies from The Bald Baker. Maybe Ana Pascal should add ChocoChip Banana Loaf as well...

The Bald Baker shared his latest baked creations including a variety of cookies and the ChocoChip Banana Loaf. Neatly packed in white boxes, I hurried home to sample what a friend described as "some seriously good cookies..."

Four pairs of cookies were packed and labeled inside the white boxes. But before diving right in, I thought it was a good idea to brew some coffee. With a freshly brewed cup, it was time to make the world a better place with The Bald Baker's cookie creations. I start with The Bald Baker's Compost Cookie, a soft, moist and chewy cookie made with cacao nibs, chocolate coins, butterscotch, dark chocolate droplets, chocolate covered Rice Krispies, Ruffles Potato Chips, pretzels, Graham cracker crumbs, Oreo bits, rolled oats, marshmallows, and salted caramel, everything but the kitchen sink. The deep, rounded notes of the chocolate, the subtle salty hints from the potato chips and pretzels, and the soft, chewy texure and rich flavors of the salted caramel, marshmallows and rolled oats combine for an indulgent and flavorful burst, with different layers weaving a tapestry of distinct notes. Ana Pascal was right after all.

Next, The Bald Baker's Oatmeal and Flaxseed Cookies, chunky and chewy cookies made with molasses, rolled oats and flaxseeds. The nutty hints of the flaxseeds and rolled oats play well with the full-bodied notes of molasses giving it a comforting and rustic flavor. The Bald Baker skillfully plays with both texture and flavor experienced in every bite.  

The Bald Baker then recreates every chocoholic's dream with the Chocollows (L), soft and chewy cookies with sugary edges made with semi-sweet, dark, and bittersweet chocolate topped with marshmallows. Just can't go wrong with all that chocolate. The Bald Baker then combines chocolate and matcha with his Black Sesame Matchallows (R), a matcha flavored cookie topped with roasted black sesame, marshmallows, and white chocolate. The matcha doesn't overwhelm the flavor the cookie, without its usual bitter note, complemented by the sweet white chocolate for balanced flavors.

Then, it's time for a second cup of coffee with The Bald Baker's ChocoChip Banana Loaf, a moist sour cream based banana cake with chocolate chips and topped with bruleed banana slivers. Slicing the loaf releases a fragrant aroma, and one bite of the soft and moist loaf releases the distinct sweetness of bananas punctuated by chocolate chips for another winning blend of flavors. Topped with banana slices, adding even more flavor to the loaf. Rich and comforting, just perfect for a late afternoon snack. And the day just seemed a whole lot better. You are so right, Ana Pascal.

For more on the wide range of baked creations from The Bald Baker, check out their FB Page here at for more information.

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