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Chocolate loaf at Hi-Rise bakery


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Chocolate loaf at Hi-Rise bakery

MichaelB | Feb 4, 2003 05:17 PM my new obsession. It's basically a chocolate pound cake, sold by the loaf or the slice. Like everything there, it's overpriced, but in this case the deliciousness/cost ratio is relatively high. 2 bucks gets you a decent-sized slice. I think its greatness lies in its balance: it's not a super-dark chocolate blackout cake, nor is it obviously loaded with butter (although I'm sure it's not lacking butter, either). But they seem to have hit on a cake recipe that is a perfect delivery system for a good hit of chocolate, not bitter but not too sweet, with excellent texture, neither dry nor sticky-moist. Just right, in other words.

Note: they usually offer a choice between a middle slice and an edge slice; I've always gone for the middle, will have to see if the edge has the same taste and texture. Also, like most poundcakes, it tastes better the day after baking -- the flavors seem to resolve themselves better. But it's awfully hard to lay off that slice for a whole day. Better to buy two.

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