Monday, April 20, 2015

Best Donuts in LA

LA has become somewhat of a mecca for good donuts. In every part of the city, there seem to be both old and new donut shops that have lines out the door. I've decided to compile a list of my absolute favorite donuts and where to find them. Of course, there are so many it was hard to choose! Where do you like to buy your favorite breakfast treats?

{ where to find them }

03. dk's donuts         04. california donuts
05. fonuts                          06. donut snob

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Elvis' favorite retro treats

It's pretty safe to say that if something has Elvis' face on it, I will probably buy it, and that includes this book that was published about Elvis' favorite foods with recipes and little stories about why he liked them. I've always been kind of obsessed with southern food (if I could eat biscuits and gravy every day I would, but I live in LA, and though I can find them here, it's just not the same, plus I'd gain a lot of weight if I ate them every day), and the fact that there is a recipe in here for Elvis' beloved fried PB & Banana sandwiches makes me so happy. I decided to make them and to accompany them with a batch of another one of his favorites: frosted chocolate brownies, and now all of the leftovers are sitting on my kitchen table taunting me. I guess that's not such a bad problem, really. But seriously, send help. Or just come over and take them from me.

Notice the photo above? That alone is part of what made me buy this book. Yes to the chest.

I don't have any special tips for either of these recipes, mainly just that I decided to brulée the bananas for the PB & Banana sandwiches rather than just mash them up and pile them onto the bread. I also don't own a torch so i mashed them in a bowl, sprinkled them with sugar, and threw them into a broiler at 400 degrees for a while until they began to brown on top. As for the brownies, make sure your brownies are completely cooled before you frost them. I made the mistake of frosting them while still warm because I was worried about losing the light during the daytime, and now they look like an ooey gooey mess, which is fine if you like it that way, but it makes it mighty hard to cut them and make them look pretty.

Yum! I bought fresh brioche bread which made them a little elevated.

Hope you all enjoyed my little baking session! I want to try my hand at more of these recipes soon. Allll of the pies sound crazy good, and I wouldn't mind having some of that southern mac & cheese from the book, either.

Some recipes similar to the ones I used: