February 2 – Heavenly Hash Day
I still, for the life of me, don’t really know what Heavenly Hash is. (Oh, if only for a substitution day! A mulligan!) So far it’s the first food I’ve had to look up (and some that I didn’t, but wanted to get a full historical package for the food) on Wikipedia and not find an article (no information on Wikipedia?!?!? Balderdash! :P). it’s because, basically, there is no definitive recipe or incarnation of Heavenly Hash: a mix of marshmallow creme, shredded coconut, nuts, and sometimes fruit, it has been found in such dessert forms as ice cream, brownies, cakes, and gelatin. It’s similar to ambrosia, which is less than helpful, since that’s also a general “type” of dessert and can have a variety of ingredients (and isn’t all that well-known these days).
Upin finding that barely any restaurant chefs in New York know what Heavenly Hash is, much less serve it in their establishments, I had to get a little creative with the base ingredients to find something yummy to satisfy your National Food Day. Bakery La Brioche serves this task well, making a fluffy marshmallow cake that definitely does its sweet-tooth job. Located in Brighton Beach, you can make a sweet day of the trip by also tasting their sour cream cake, a dessert featured on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate.
Bakery La Brioche Cafe
1073 Brighton Beach Ave (between Brighton 12th St & Brighton 13th St), Brooklyn
Some reviews from Yelp.com:
“I’ve looked at the pictures of Ptichye Moloko cake, and this one looked nothing like that, but is still a competent marshmallow cake. All of these tortes have had a few welcome traits in common: simple, well executed, and light. I’ve come to respect those bakeries that resist the urge to be liberal in their use of sugar. For the $ 4 price, these are exceptional value.”–Atif I.
Have you found a restauarnt in New York that serves this Holy Grail of national food days, the ever-elusive Heavenly Hash? Let us know about it in the comments!