Hosted a large pot luck Thanksgiving yesterday, and as a result, got to try a fair number of locally made sweets. In no particular order:
Sticky Pecan Pumkin Cake from Josie (2424 Pico, Santa Monica, (310) 581-9888). This was the stand out winner of the evening. Really, really delicious. Like a dense, moist spicy ginger cake, soaked in caramel and covered with toasted pecans. Awesome, particularly when accompanied by some good vanilla ice cream. This cake will absolutely be a new Thanksgiving day tradition chez Kahn.
Banana Cream Pie from Clementine (1751 Ensley Ave., (310) 552-1080). This is a fine banana cream pie. Nice crisp, graham cracker style crust, with wonderfully clean, pure tasting banana cream and lots of bananas, topped with what tasted like unsweetened whipped cream. This may be the best banana cream pie I've had in LA. Hard to cut and serve, but very good.
Pumpkin Pie from Josie (see above). Seriously, I think this is the best pumpkin pie around. Perfectly balanced spice/pumpkin flavors with an excellent crust. Not nearly as big as the pie from the Filling Station, but better tasting.
Pecan Pie from Josie (see above). I hate to say it, cause I'm generally a fan of Josie, but this was a bit of a let down. Visually very nice (with the pecans arranged very artfully), and like the pumpkin pie, the crust was good, but the filling was too sweet for my taste. Also, the pie had a slight taste of bacon; usually I regard that as a good thing, but in a pecan pie it was a distraction. Next year, I think I'll be going back to The Pig (612 N. La Brea, (323) 935-1116) for our pecan pie; theirs is bigger, not as sweet, and has that perfect tapioca-like pecan custard texture.
There were a couple of other items, but I didn't get to try them (like a homemade sweet potato pie that I'm regretting got away, and a frozen Nestle chocolate chip cheese cake, brought by someone who will not be receiving an invitation next year). Man, I love Thanksgiving, and Josie's Pumpkin/pecan cake is fabulous!