If you creep around the food blog world enough then I’m sure you have seen bloggers making recipes from Baked, a small bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I have been drooling over recipes for Sweet & Salty Cake and many other quirky creations for months now and I finally made the trek to the bakery to try it out for myself! I have been dying to go to Baked for a while but never had the time so when my friend Elise had her car in the city for a few days and needed to go pick up some things in BK I offered to keep her company, and forced her to take me to Baked. Pretty good deal.
I managed to save most of the goods until we came back home where our panel of taste testers passed around each Baked item. Here’s what we got: a slice of Malted Cake, Sweet & Salty Brownie, Baked Bar, PB Krispie Bar, Brewer’s Blondie, Black Forest Bar, Grasshopper Bar, Monster Cookie, and a Vanilla Vanilla Cupcake. Afternoon feast, check! It was the best 20 minutes of my life. We unwrapped each item, took a bite, passed it around, I photographed, and we delighted in the deliciousness of each thing we tried. I could get used to that.
Baked did not disappoint. Here’s the run down of our thoughts on each thing. The Malted Cake: the cake part, moist, light, and delicious; the frosting–eh, okay. Sweet & Salty Brownie: really good brownie but we wish there was more salt, it was more just like a normal brownie. Baked Bar: sure to please any lover of seven layer bars, magic bars, etc. it was delicious. PB Krispie Bar: uh…amazing, seriously I need to know how to make this…it was incredible. Rich chocolate ganache with dense PB on top of layer of krispies–it had all the textures you could ever want and packed a rockin flavor. Heavenly. Brewer’s Blondie: I loved this, it was perfectly gooey and chocolatey, Ariel didn’t really think it was anything special but I inhaled this treat. Black Forest Bar: I don’t even know what was in this but it was good. The combo of fruit preserves with chocolate crumble was awesome. Grasshopper Bar: so good, but what makes Baked’s version of this classic even better is that the mint layer is so light and fluffy–it’s almost like whipped cream, it was great. Monster Cookie: to be honest, Paula Deen’s version is way better, this wasn’t the best thing we ate. Vanilla Cupcake: Elise got this at and ate it for dessert after lunch, I tried a bite and it was pretty good. It was perfectly light and and flavorful, and really cute.
All in all, Baked was a hit. Y’all should all visit if you’re in the area. I was surprised by how cheap it was, I got all of those things and a huge sandwich for twenty-seven dollars! Ah, how thrifty the rest of the world is outside of New York City. I wish they had a location in Manhattan, although if they did I probably would go every day which would lead to severe weight gain and probably diabetes, but I would be smiling the whole time! I’m sure I will purchase the Baked cookbook soon enough so I can have a constant supply of PB Krispies on hand, but until then I will just be lusting after their delicious creations. Ugh I’m hungry now.