Dear Little Debbie,
In the ninth grade, we ate our weight in Oatmeal Creme Pies. We blame Zebra Cakes for our freshman fifteen. Heck, we weren’t called Honey Buns because of our nice ass.
However, the time has come for us to go Zen — as in Zen Baking Company.
Owned by two Filipino sisters, the Deep Ellum shop whips up sweets such as Nutella banana bread, carrot cake whoopie pies, and cake balls in flavors like green tea, Berry Yummy (strawberry cake and cream cheese icing inside a dark chocolate shell), and Ode to NOLA (pecan praline cake and caramel cream cheese frosting covered in chocolate). Starting this weekend, the gals are unveiling sweet and savory small plates inspired by their roots. Try the binagoongan (roasted pork with grilled eggplant and fresh mango).
Everything is available for pickup, and the duo donates a percentage of profits to charity (Impossible Possibilities, North Texas Food Bank, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital).
Now that unwraps a smile.
Zen Baking Company, 2805 Main Street, Deep Ellum (214-390-3269 or zenbakingcompany.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Zen Baking Company
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