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Hazelnut desserts in Phoenix?


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Hazelnut desserts in Phoenix?

starlightjulian | | Jun 26, 2007 01:42 AM

Anyone here crazy for hazelnut as I am? I love Gelato Spot's Roche (as in Ferrero Rocher chocolates) and Chocolate Royales (The Willo Bakery sells a mean Hazelnut Royale... forget the wonderful dark chocolate mousse... I'll just have the hazelnut dacquoise underneath!; Au Petit Four also sells good chocolate royales).

Can anyone recommend a great bakery using all-natural ingredients (whole-grain, olive oil or butter, fresh eggs, or even vegan) either in DT or central Phoenix, Scottsdale (not too far north... closer to Old Town/Scottsdale Fashion Square), Chandler/Tempe/Mesa? I do like Tempe's Great Harvest and the above bakeries mentioned. Speaking of vegan, Blue Nile offers only one dessert, but what a dessert! Sponge cake layers dipped in Ethiopian decaf coffee, soy cream, and caramelized sugar and almonds sprinkled on top, garnished with a large strawberry. Another great vegan dessert to try is Persian Garden Cafe's carrot cake. Delicious!! Oh how I miss Paradise Cafe's 14 K Karat Cake... so good, it doesn't need the cream cheese icing! Last, but not least, try Mandala Tearoom's vegan ginger cake with pear compote... Mmmm...

Tangent: anyone else here loving TGIF's Brownie Obsession? So, so good!! Watch out, though, as a serving packs 1500 calories! I always share with relatives and friends when I have this. Anyone else missing the Chocolate Crunch cake TGIF used to offer? This cake reminded me of the cakes we used to order from The Cookie Monster in the Philippines!