WBEZ | dessert http://www.wbez.org/tags/dessert Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Curious City’s Doughnut Crawl: Let’s divide and conquer! http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city%E2%80%99s-doughnut-crawl-let%E2%80%99s-divide-and-conquer-108121 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cutest%20thing%20ever.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Note: This story was the first in a two-part answer to a question posed to Curious City. Alas, our doughnut crawl is long over, but below we list terrific doughnut shops, and we present chef <a href="#guide">Enoch Simpson&#39;s taste guide</a>. For more, including crawl results and a fascinating history of privately-owned shops in Chicago,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/where-have-all-old-school-doughnut-shops-gone-108483">click here</a>!)&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Once in awhile we get a question submitted anonymously. Sometimes it&rsquo;s challenging to answer those questions without following up with who asked it, but this particular question was straightforward enough:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Are there any privately-owned doughnut shops in Chicago? Which is the best?</em></p><p>A quick Google search takes care of the first part. Turns out, there&rsquo;s a good number of privately-owned doughnut shops in and out of the city, and that number may be rising. Dan Weissmann is delving into the history of privately-owned doughnut shops, but for now, let&rsquo;s jump to the second part of the question: Which is the best?</p><p>This is where you come in. While Curious City producers and editors are up for most challenges, we&rsquo;re still just a team of humans and &mdash; the last time we checked &mdash; each of us has only one set of arteries. Our strategy? Divide and conquer! Many of you heeded our call to submit your favorite privately-owned doughnut shops. We&rsquo;ve turned your list into a map of suggested doughnut shops and bakeries, and we threw in some routes to link them, to boot. Now, it&rsquo;s time to put your money where your mouth is by joining the first-ever Curious City Doughnut Crawl.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>The challenge</strong></span></p><p>To find Chicagoland&rsquo;s best privately-owned doughnut shop.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>How to help</strong></span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Pick a route</strong> from <a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/donuts.html" target="_blank">this map we created from your suggestions</a>. Also, feel free to pinpoint any privately-owned doughnut shops we may have missed and add them to this map. It&rsquo;s a public, editable google map, so anyone can edit it. (Remember: with great power comes great responsibility).</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Open, download or print&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/Enoch%20Simpson's%20Guide%20to%20Doughnut%20Tasting_edited-1.pdf" target="_blank">this handy-dandy guide</a>&nbsp;to what makes the ideal doughnut (thanks to Chicago doughnut hero Enoch Simpson of Enoch&rsquo;s Doughnuts and <a href="http://www.endgrainrestaurant.com/">Endgrain</a> for reference!)<a name="guide"></a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.366666666666667" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_54723" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/154818352/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-uh7i6bb3dflvdpea2xy&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Visit as many of the doughnuts stops</strong> on your chosen route as you can. You don&rsquo;t have to visit every single one, but we&rsquo;d like to think your decisions will be increasingly well-informed the more doughnuts you sample. If you go with a group of people, consider getting a variety of doughnut types and splitting them.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" />After you&rsquo;ve sampled the doughnuts,<strong> rate each doughnut shop</strong> as a whole using the <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/forms/d/1kxy_1i4xAklZK_foPXT4krMCg8_BV_G2Y42UAs1ZMBM/edit" target="_blank">survey form we created right here.</a></p><p>You can certainly take notes at the shop and later submit the form on a desktop computer; however, it may be best to leave this form open on a smartphone during your doughnut journey and submit one survey during or directly after each stop.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Share your doughnut crawl with us!</strong></p><p>Between now and our upcoming story, please send us photos of the doughnuts you tried on your route, the people you meet in the shop, storefronts, anything, really! Tweet us @WBEZCuriousCity, message us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook</a>, or email us directly: <a href="mailto:curiouscity@wbez.org">curiouscity@wbez.org</a>.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll be sure to post your thoughts and photos along the way.</p><p>So stay tuned. Stay in the loop. But above all, stay in touch with your sweet tooth.</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:22px;">The Dan Factor</span></strong></p><p>What&rsquo;s next? Well, recall that our doughnut-related question has two parts. Dan Weissmann (who you may remember from <a href="https://vimeo.com/47111430">our adventures at The Morton Salt factory</a> and <a href="https://vimeo.com/60300683">Chicago and North Western Historical Society) &nbsp;</a>is tackling the &ldquo;serious&rdquo; (aka, history-related) part, but it turns out he&rsquo;s a fan of sugared dough, too, so there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;ll see him on his own doughnut route. On the map, we&rsquo;ve conveniently labeled it &ldquo;Dan&#39;s Route.&rdquo; Dan will judge doughnuts with the same guide and survey that you do, and he&rsquo;d love to see you during his trip. He&rsquo;s already committed to hitting the doughnut highway on Friday, August 9, but watch our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook page</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter feed</a> for more details.</p><p>He&rsquo;ll have his follow-up story ready soon after.</p><p>Green=Day Trip Route &nbsp;Red=North City Route &nbsp;Blue=South City Route &nbsp;Yellow=Dan&#39;s Route</p><div id="map-canvas" style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/donuts.html" width="620"></iframe></div></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city%E2%80%99s-doughnut-crawl-let%E2%80%99s-divide-and-conquer-108121 Something You Should Eat: Liquid custard bao from Triple Crown http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-liquid-custard-bao-triple-crown <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe height="350" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/19289331?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215"></iframe></p> <p>With the Year of the Rabbit upon us this Thursday night, I figured many of you will be making the trek down to Chinatown, so here's another dessert option, which absolutely beats the industrially-made fortune cookie. First, let me just say&nbsp;I consider myself a huge fan of any kind of <em>bao</em> or Chinese bun. Initially, the love affair was limited to the ubiquitous red-tinged, steamed BBQ pork buns called <em>char siu bao</em>, but it's moved way beyond that savory snack package. Recently, I had a sweet dessert bun at <a href="http://www.triplecrownchicago.com/">Triple Crown</a> in Chinatown, called<em> lao sa bao</em>, which translates to &quot;flowing sand bun.&quot; &nbsp;There are egg yolks - and plenty of sugar involved - but I love the gritty, sweet lava that oozes from these warm buns, especially after plowing off a few steamer trays full of <em>har gao</em> and <em>chow fun</em>. &nbsp;Incidentally, I had another excellent version of the <em>lao sa bao</em> about a week ago at the new <a href="http://www.minghincuisine.com/">MingHin Cuisine</a> in the Chinatown Square Mall. Totally different exterior (more flaky than squishy) and I think it actually edges out the Triple Crown version. You'll have to decide for yourself. Happy New Year!</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-liquid-custard-bao-triple-crown A secret history of Indiana pie http://www.wbez.org/story/dessert/secret-history-indiana-pie <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sugar cream pie.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>As you bake the final sweets of this holiday season you may want to consider a recipe from our neighbor to the southeast. Boston cream pie may have found its way into our shared dessert lexicon, but what about Hoosier cream pie? Or Indiana persimmon pie?</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I was unfamiliar with these regional treats until I heard <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=26197&amp;gsatype=amplified">this lecture</a> by pastry chef Paula Haney. Haney has cultivated a devoted following in Chicago with her perfect pies - lemon chess; pork, sage and apple; lattice topped blueberry - since founding <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hoosiermamapie.com/">Hoosier Mama Pie Company</a> in 2005.&nbsp; (Her breakfast special, a cup of coffee and a slice of pie, makes any winter morning better.) But here, Haney unveils the secret history of Indiana pies,&nbsp;from the Amish inspired &ldquo;desperation pies&rdquo; of her Indianapolis youth, to pies made from exotic native fruits like the wild American persimmon, paw paw, and custard apple. In the audio excerpt posted above, Haney goes into the delicious history the sugar cream or Hoosier cream pie, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/38610802.html">Indiana&rsquo;s official state pie</a> as of 2009. (According to Haney, at the time of this lecture there was heated debate between the sugar cream camp and the persimmon custard camp.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=26197&amp;gsatype=amplified">Click here</a> to hear the rest of Haney's talk, including a section about the South Side&rsquo;s endangered pie species, the bean pie. If you want a taste of Indiana's official pie, Hoosier Mama carries it in their West Town shop. Or, you can go on a pie pilgrimage and follow the <a target="_blank" href="http://indianafoodways.com/index.php/indiana-culinary-trails/hoosier-pie-trail.html">Hoosier Pie Trail</a>! Better yet, make your own, using a recipe like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.turkeycreeklane.com/?p=317">this one from Turkey Creek Lane</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified's vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Haney&rsquo;s talk was presented by The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, a program of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, and was recorded by </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Program_AMP.aspx"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a><em>. Click </em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast. </em></div></p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 09:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/dessert/secret-history-indiana-pie The legacy of pie http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/legacy-pie <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/pie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In writer Deb Durham&rsquo;s family, the elders lead the holiday feast preparation.</p><p>This time of year she recalls all the love and ritual that goes into feeding her family one very specific and special dessert. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/legacy-pie