Short Cake

in Adventures, Desserts

Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com

Today I’m excited. Today is the first post (of many, I hope) of the restaurant series I’m doing in collaboration with photographer, Jennifer Chong. For the long time I’ve wanted to incorporate my favorite restaurants into this blog, but I wasn’t sure how … Would you all care about a restaurant in LA if you live in Detroit? Eh, probably not. Also, I’m not a food critic, nor do I want to be. I like recipes. So, I figured this would be a fun way to share. This series is going to be a two-parter, a two-fer! The first post will be of me visiting the restaurant/bakery, being shown by the chef/pastry chef/baker/mixologist how to create one of our favorite dishes. The second post will be a recipe for said dish, adapted for the home, by me! All photography will be by Jennifer Chong.

We’re launching this series with my favorite bakery in Los Angeles, Short Cake! This bakery is near and dear to my heart, and I do have a bit of a personal connection to it.

Short Cake was founded by my boyfriend’s late mama, Amy Pressman. She was a longtime pastry chef and co-founder of The Baker’s Dozen with Marion Cunningham. She was set to open the bakery, alongside her other project, a burger joint called Short Order, in late 2011. Unfortunately, right before both of their openings, she passed away. Her baking protege, Hourie Sahakian, opened the bakery in her absence, and has continued at Short Cake as head baker.

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I never had the opportunity to meet Josh’s mama. I wish I had.

What’s remarkable about food, cooking, writing recipes, and the like, is that you can, in a way, create a legacy, a way for people to get to know you after you’re gone. As I’ve eaten my way through the menu at Short Cake, I’ve gotten to know Chef Amy a little.

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I know she loved butter. And like, really amazing and delicious butter. (Short Cake is the only bakery in LA to use the high-quality dairy from Straus of Northern California). I know she loved incredible chocolate. (They use Tcho.) Just like her coffee and espresso-obssessed son, I know she adored coffee. (They serve Handsome and Verve.) I know she didn’t like her pastries too sweet and loved savory elements in them like cardamom, pine nuts and rosemary. And I know – like me – she was a lover of cute things like vintage cake stands, 50s retro hand mixers and old bundt pans.

Hourie and Josh are like brother and sister; they bicker, they debate, but mostly they love each other a whole lot. Over the past year and half I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Hourie; and let me tell you, she’s a gem. No one works harder, no one tries more, no one cares more than her. You can taste that love in the food she makes.

Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com
Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com

I love everything on their menu, but my absolute favorite is their twice-baked hazelnut croissant–it’s like an almond croissant on crack! (These are the articulate analogies I would use if I were a food critic.)

Initially I wanted to make that, but I know many of you are sweating. It is July, after all. And if you’ve ever made puff pastry, you know it’s not for the sweaty-faint-at-heart.

Hourie’s vote was for something fresh, in season, light and relatively easy. She settled on this White Peach Crisp with a Brown Butter Walnut Crumble. And I’m glad she did.

Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com
Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com

Her and I had an hour long, very weird conversation a few weeks ago about how awesome fall spices are when paired with summer fruit. I’ve been lacing every single thing with cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon lately. This crisp will induce conflicting feelings. The initial flavor of browned butter and walnuts will bring visions of scarves and autumn leaves, but then when you reach the sweet fruit, you’ll be reminded that summer dresses and sunglasses are pretty cool, for now at least.

Also, fun fact: she burns her brown butter. Like buuuuurns. I’ll talk more about that tomorrow when we delve into recreating the recipe, but for now let’s just enjoy the fact that white peaches are mixed with brown sugar, spices, vanilla and topped with a gigantic scoop of ice cream.

Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com
Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com

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Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com
Short Cake // www.acozykitchen.com

If you find yourself in Los Angeles, visit Short Cake. Say hi to Hourie. And say hi to Josh (he’s the bearded person who will love to talk your ear off about their coffee program).

Short Cake
Farmer’s Market
6333 West 3rd Street Stall #316
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Oh and follow them on Instagram – their food photos are awesome.

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All photos by Jennifer Chong

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Marion C. July 8, 2013 at 1:02 am

This post was absolutely lovely. You sure know how to find the words to describe.
For a moment, i felt like a was there. (and i live in paris so it’s a loong way ;))

Thanks for that

XXX
Marion

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

Thanks, Marion! xo

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe July 8, 2013 at 2:32 am

This series is such a genius idea! Now that you talked about this bakery I wish I lived in L.A just to get a chance to try everything on their menu! Can’t wait for the recipe to come!

xo, Elisa

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Sarah July 8, 2013 at 4:07 am

As someone who lives (literally) on the other side of the world, I love this idea! Jennifer sure can take a picture – they’re absolute perfection.

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Jennifer Chong July 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Thank you Sarah! Can’t wait till you send the 2nd half!

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker July 8, 2013 at 5:20 am

These are gorgeous tarts. I am so jealous of this cafe, too bad I am on the south side of the world.

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Sandy July 8, 2013 at 5:38 am

Yes, pleasepleaseplease, a recipe!!!
The restaurant idea is stupendous and pictures are fabulous!!!!
So Great!!!
Thank You for thinking of it :):):)

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cindy July 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

WOMAN! this made me tear up…it is so, so sweet and special and wonderful. I love it (and this series idea). and I can’t wait to hear about that burned buttah.

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

Woman, I totally teared up writing this. Real.

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Tieghan July 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

So excited about this! I cannot wait to hear more and all about that butter!

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Jen July 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

That looks amazing. Can’t wait to see the full recipe. I’m a sucker for brown butter and throw away pans.

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Abbie July 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

We moved out of LA three weeks ago and I’m aching for our late September visit when our restaurant list to hit while we’re there is just getting longer and longer. Love this idea and can’t wait to see all the gems you reveal to us!!

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Amanda P July 8, 2013 at 8:51 am

I went there last summer and got sweets for a picnic! I’m so excited to see the recipe and I love this idea!

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Megan July 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

I live in Detroit, and I totally care! Seeing the clues on Instagram made me extra pumped.

AND your hair is lookin’ good! Just sayin’.

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thanks, gurlfwien’!

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Nicole July 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

Love this!! I could listen to the stories of people who really care about food all day long. Can’t wait to hear all about that recipe!

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

ME TOOO! I’m a sap.

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Carol H July 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love reading this kind of stuff………makes we want to go and visit just for the croissant and I live in Ontario! May make a visit there in October though……….

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Megan | Hint of Vanilla July 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

Wow, that’s so cool! Definitely would love to see more of these “behind the scene” kinds of posts! Even though I live in Canada, I might visit LA one day and will know all the best places to go

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Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet July 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

This new series sounds incredible, such a great idea! And what a wonderful opening, to visit a place that is clearly so personal and close to your heart. I look forward to more posts!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe July 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

What a cool series! I’m totally looking forward to more of these posts!

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Michelle July 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

You know why this series will be rad? You’ve developed it to be more than “I like this place.” It oozes charm, history, and a little bit of omgawesome. It’s perfect.

Totally looking forward to more of these.

I love love love love love savoury elements in my pastries, too. Short Cake sounds so perfect.

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Kasey July 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I’m with everyone else, this is such a lovely idea! Your Instagram pics always make me want to know more about where/what you’re eating. It’s so cool that you’ll be sharing that now.

Beautiful photos and a beautiful story. Can’t wait for the recipe!!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) July 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I am so, so excited about this series–seriously, this is an awesome idea and I can’t wait to see more editions. I would love to visit this bakery, it sounds so up my alley. Hopefully next time I am in LA, I can!!

Beautiful photos as well. Can’t wait to see recipe. And so intrigued by the burned butter… :)

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I am drooling over that crumble topping!

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Beth Stacey July 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I had the pleasure of discovering Shortcake when my daughter moved to LA from Oklahoma…..looking forward to my next visit….. I went 3 days in a row:)

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

Oh yay! That’s wonderful!

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Jamie @lifelovelemons July 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

How pretty! Where in LA is this? Headed out to Santa Monica next weekend for a wedding and would love bakery suggestions!

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

This is in mid-city, just south of West Hollywood. Not too far from Santa Monica at all!

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Sharon July 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Love love the idea for this series (jealous! so jealous!), and that you started at Short Cake is marvelous. My favorite bakery in LA. Full stop. It’s probably too late, but if you could wrangle the recipe for their amazing buttermilk tart, I’d sell you my first born.

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Becca Guttadauro July 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hi Adriana,
I am sooo excited to see this post. This bakery is really close to my dad. Fortunately my husband and I will be heading down to visit my family this weekend and will be spending some time in LA so we will definitely make a special stop at Shortcake for some treats :) thank you for sharing! Oh and your interpretation sounds divine! We will be making it this summer for sure!!

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Adrianna Adarme July 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi Becca, That’s so wonderful. I hope you enjoy!

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Kris July 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Yes! Hope you do more of these before August when I come visit for an Los Angeles food adventure!

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dervla July 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

ooooh! What a lovely post, Adrianna. So sweet – and you look so cute baking beside Hourie. Plus I want to make this recipe.

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Megan - FireWifey July 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

Oh I love it! Great photos and what a story behind it. So awesome that this legacy of Josh’s momma lives on!

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lynn @ the actor's diet July 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Just catching up on posts now – LOVE HOURIE!!! I just got a chance to interview her for my new podcast and would be honored to you have on a future episode too!

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Holly Henderson October 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Adrianna, you are absolutely adorable! Hourie and the peach crisp too. ; )

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