Georgia Dakota- the name conjures up images of blooming flowers with oversized innards, John Mayer songs, a couple of diminutive blondes - think Fanning and, if you’re old enough, Billy’s love interest in Ally McBeal. But one thing it didn’t make us think of is zucchini chocolate cake; up until now.
Mom and Poppies
“I’ve baked since I was a child but didn’t really get into it it until I had children of my own,” explains expat Michelle Pike Kalsi, founder of Georgia Dakota, a healthy baking venture she runs out of Defence Colony, which she named after her grandmother. “We wanted something that was evocative of the American Midwest and Georgia Dakota had a right ring to it. Also, my grandmother was an amazing cook and even wrote a fantastic cookbook on all the ways to use zucchini.”
Hence the chocolate zucchini cake, which Michelle baked in muffin moulds for us, packed with whole wheat flour, zucchini, yogurt and Dutch processed cocoa. Complex and surprisingly delicious even for vegetable-skeptics like us, this is amongst Georgia Dakota’s most interesting offerings. Other unusual treats include fresh chocolate ginger cake with treacle, layered cranberry and pistachio bark, and spiced chocolate cake. Of these, we recommend you try the chocolate ginger cake with treacle first, aromatic and soft, with a big, brawny taste.
Get double peanut butter cookies instead, ribboned with flavours both sweet and savoury; Snickerdoodles that are crisp on the outside and soft below.
Back to Basics
Michelle does standard dessert as well, muffins that we found too pedestrian and banana cake more overwhelming than a double stick of Juicy Fruit gum. Get double peanut butter cookies instead, ribboned with flavours both sweet and savoury; Snickerdoodles that are crisp on the outside and soft below; rich chocolate chip cookies (Michelle’s favorite); and black raisin cookies- soft and chewy oat flakes with a hint of spice and juicy raisins which come with a lovely burnt crust.
These are all wrapped prettily with handwritten notes – not so important when, like us, you’re reaching for them at 3 am, but a nice touch if you’re looking for a fun gifting option.
Georgia Dakota will have a limited summer menu of cookies and Rocky Mountain granola from June 1- July 30 available through email only. She will be travelling for baking classes but promises to be back with a bunch of new baking ideas, ingredients, fun healthy additions to the menu and a new website slated to launch in August.
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