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This Cookie Dough Restaurant Is A Dream Come True


By Cooking Panda

There is a new cafe opening in Greenwich Village, New York, on Jan. 25, 2017, and it’s calling our name. This cafe is serving up every flavor of cookie dough you can possibly imagine!

It’s called DO, and pronounced “dough,” and according to its website, it serves cookie dough that can be safely enjoyed in its raw form (everyone’s secret favorite), and there are even options for those with specific diets. These varieties include gluten-free, vegan and grain-free options. To top it off, the seasonal flavors sound way too good.

Cake Batter is a blend of actual cake batter (not like those cake-batter flavored desserts) with white and chocolate chips and sprinkles. Winter Wonderland is made up of sugar cookie dough, blue sprinkles and white chips, and Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Pop-Tart is comprised of snickerdoodle dough and cinnamon, brown sugar and Megpie tarts. If you’re not drooling just a little bit right now, you probably aren’t human.

There’s even a featured Valentine’s Day Pack with cute lids that have sayings on them kind of like our favorite heart-shaped Valentine candies. The pack comes with gift wrapping and spoons and you can get it in different sizes, from two packs to six. Count on getting the Red Velvet and Valentine’s Day Cake Batter flavors no matter which size pack you choose.

Grub Street reports that we’ll be able to order the dough in pretty much any form: by the scoop in cups or cones, flattened and frozen into cookie shapes, in “ice cream” sandwich form, baked into brownies and even folded into ice cream. All of this sounds like a dream come true, but it could definitely be bad news for our waistlines. Still, it’s just so worth it.

If you buy the dough to take home, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks (though I doubt it ever lasts that long), or freeze it for up to three months. And the best news? DO ships via FedEx, so we can order from out of state!

Since the shop will definitely be busy upon opening, I’d recommend having your favorites shipped as soon as possible. This isn’t something we can miss!

Sources: DO, Grub Street / Photo Credit: DO/Facebook, DO

Tags: Bakery, cafe, cookie dough, DO
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Introducing The Deliciousness Of The ‘Churro Duo’


By Cooking Panda

Dominique Ansel is at it again with his tantalizing new creations. The newest indulgence is interlocking churro pyramids, called the “Churro Duo.”

According to Foodbeast, the “Churro Duo” pyramid-shaped sweets are available at Ansel’s bakery in Tokyo, Japan. They feature a 3-D pyramid effect, and customers are having a lot of fun just playing with them.

Excited to launch our new Churro Duo this SATURDAY at @DABJapan. A duo of our 3D churro pyramids, one white sesame and the other black sesame, made to order and served warm. Dip into our salted caramel sauce, share with your friends, and enjoy! #churroduo #churros #DominiqueAnselJapan #DABJapan 今週の土曜からドミニクアンセルベーカリートーキョーにて #チュロデュオ が販売スタートです!ピラミッドのようなチュロスは1つは白ごま、もう1つは黒ごまのフレーバー! #キャラメル のディップをたっぷりつけてお召し上がりください。 実はとっても長くてボリュームたっぷりなので、是非仲良しのお友達と一緒にシェアして完食を目指してくださいね #チュロス

A photo posted by Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan (@dabjapan) on

You’re not only looking at two churros linked together, but two types as well. The lighter pyramid has white sesame and cinnamon sugar, while the darker one has black sesame and black sugar coated on. Okay, so the two types aren’t much different, but if you do too much it won’t still be a churro, right?

The cute little pyramids are served with a side of salted caramel sauce for dipping, if you can bring yourself to break up the pyramids, that is.

Introducing our new Churro Duo, our version of the traditional Spanish fried dough pastry. A pair of interlocking 3D churros – one made with white sesame and one with black sesame, made to order and served warm with homemade salted caramel dip on the side. (Unraveled, the churros are more than 1 meter long!) Starts this SATURDAY at @DABJapan. #churroduo #churros #DominiqueAnselJapan #DABJapan スペインの伝統的なお菓子のチュロス。ドミニクバーションはインターロック型の3Dチュロス #チュロデュオ が登場します!白ごまと黒ごまのフレーバーの組み合ったチュロスを自家製 #ソルトキャラメル にディップしてお召し上がりください。(このチュロス、直線に伸ばすとなんと1m以上もあるんです!) 今週の土曜日からスタートです!#ドミニクアンセル #チュロデュオ #3D

A photo posted by Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan (@dabjapan) on

Currently, the pyramids are only available in Japan, but if you are in the States or the U.K., don’t get too sad about it. Refinery 29 reports that, “In one of his Instagram posts about the ChurroDuo, Ansel wrote, ‘Currently only our @dabjapan has this new item, but I’m pretty tempted to bring it to NY and London.'”

So, there’s hope after all! Sure you can get regular pieces of the fried, cinnamon-y dough at local bakeries already, but you can’t get these just anywhere. Once you have the opportunity to try them, it’d be a waste not to.

The warm dessert was introduced on Nov. 18, and clearly, as you can see from Ansel’s quote above, it’s doing very well. Keep an eye out for it to begin spreading among Ansel’s bakery locations, as it’s bound to do.

While you’re at it, or just to keep your sweet tooth satisfied in the meantime, make sure and try the bakery’s cronuts, blossoming hot chocolate (which is really pretty!), Magic Souffles and DKAs. There’s no shortage of creative deliciousness at the Dominique Ansel bakery, so if you happen across one, don’t look it over just because there’s no “Churro Duo” there. Stop in for something that will be just as satisfying.

Sources: Foodbeast, Refinery 29 / Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery/Instagram

Tags: Bakery, churro, Churro Duo, desserts, Dominique Ansel, Sweets
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Man Says He Was Fired For Refusing To Bake With Flour That Had Bugs In It


By Cooking Panda

If you’re eating bread, especially crunchy grainy bread, you might want to put it down before reading on. I warned you!

A master baker in Queens alleges that he was fired over refusing to bake with flour that was full of insects. Stefan Fischer had an extensive background in the culinary arts, having studied baking in Germany and also having a thorough understanding of sanitary and safety practices in food handling.

The New York Post reports that Fischer started working at the Bakery of New York in Queens, a distribution center for baked goods, in February and was fired in July.

He claims that he first faced sanitary issues in the kitchen, with open garbage cans and flour and dirt encrusted on the floors, but his observations were ignored when brought to the owners. The 3,000-pound flour silo was evidently his last straw.

Upon discovering the insect problem in the silo, the New York Daily News reports that Fischer texted a picture of the contaminated flour and sent it to one of the owners, volunteering to clean out the silo and start from fresh flour. However, the response was to use the flour to bake crunchy multi-grain bread.

I hope you heeded my warning above, because I wouldn’t want to be eating crunchy multi-grain bread while reading this…

Anyway, Fischer refused this suggestion and was immediately fired. He felt that the reason he was told to use the flour to make this type of bread was “presumably because the insects would pass unnoticed if concealed in crunchy bread.”

As it happens, Fischer, who has 30 years of baking experience, lost a $75,000 salary as master baker and operations manager. Ouch. Not to mention he left California to relocate to New York to take this position.

Now, he’s pursuing a lawsuit looking to have his job reinstated (why would you want to work for them again?) and to be reimbursed for the $2,500 it cost him to make that move. So far, there hasn’t been a comment from the bakery owners yet. 

Sources: New York Daily News, New York Post / Photo credit: Amber (Jakyung) Kim/Instagram

Tags: Bakery, Bakery of New York, Pastry Chef
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Bakery Owner Faces Horrifying Religious Discrimination In Michigan


By Cooking Panda

A bakery owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan was devastated last week after a customer canceled her order upon learning the baker’s religion.

Zeinab Mohamed, the owner of Sweetcakez, claims that the customer rescinded her order after being made aware of Mohamed’s Muslim last name. The customer stated that her military veteran husband could never buy a cake from a Muslim, cancelling her request for a cake by leaving a scornful message for the owner. While the baker has elected not to reveal the customer’s identity in an attempt to short-circuit the cycle of hatred, she did share the buyer’s hurtful, ignorant message.

Despite the fact that the bigoted fallacy of the message is painfully obvious, it is especially ironic considering that the baker’s husband, Javon Borst, is also a military veteran. Borst, who is Muslim like his wife, served three years as a medic in the United States Navy, and was especially devastated by the customer’s hateful correspondence.

The veteran highlighted the fact that he never allowed race or religion to influence his actions while saving lives in our nation’s military, stating: 

I remember when I was working at Andrews Air Force Base, we lost one guy on Christmas Day as he actually landed back in the states. I was holding his hand, you know? We both had our dog tags showing because it was hot and it was very busy. We’re unloading him and he’s holding my hand and to think that none of that mattered, no one’s religious identity mattered. All that mattered was you were brothers and family. I was hurt because that’s not the broader view. I was just really let down that that could actually happen.

The baker furthered her husband’s point, saying, “It’s almost as if their husband didn’t realize that he fought amongst Muslims too. There are a lot of Muslim soldiers that are fighting right next to him and it’s as if that didn’t even matter.”

Both Mohamed and Borst want the incident to be treated as a learning experience for everyone involved, highlighting the ignorance and intolerability of religious bigotry in the United States.

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Source: WXMI / Photo credit: WXMI

Tags: Bakery, Discrimination, Mohamed, Muslim, Religion
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