Chefs in Austin are looking back to childhood favorites in order to create new desserts for their menus. In fact, Finney Walter, pastry chef of Mettle, includes childhood flavor memories in his desserts. And he’s certainly not the only one relishing in the past. Ice cream sandwiches, Pop-Tarts, breakfast cereals and fried puddings are all making a comeback in the way of dessert. All of these Austin restaurants are bringing back delicious desserts from childhood and transforming them into decadent treats.
Jennifer Costello is the co-owner/chef at The Bonneville, and recognizes how popular some of those childhood flavors are. At this establishment, you and your tastebuds have the opportunity to be taken back to a simpler time. Remember Pop-Tarts? Turns out, you can taste them again without getting them from a box. Head into the restaurant with friends for brunch and enjoy house-made toaster pastries, sticky buns, and sticky toffee pudding with bourbon caramel for a unique twist on a common dessert.
If you’re looking for a delicious sweet treat and a way to bring back memories from your past, head over to The Carillon, where pastry chef Plinio Sandalio will whip you up his take on the famous childhood dessert – a banana fudge bomb pop. It’s called the chocolate and banana terrine, which includes a cashew dacquoise and coconut custard. Other tasty desserts on the menu of The Carillon include feta cheesecake with honey, watermelon sorbet and a pistachio financier. There’s also corn fritters with salted butter ice cream, cotija crumbles and spiced lime curd.
This highly anticipated eatery opened in downtown Austin in 2012 and is headed by pastry chef Callie Speer. She too likes to put her own spin on nostalgic dishes from her childhood. In fact, she uses Cap’n Crunch cereal as one of her ingredients when she whips up homemade ice cream. The chef also created a dessert called popcorn and a movie. The treat is made up of homemade candy bars similar to Twix and Kit Kats and combined with salted popcorn ice cream, homemade Cracker Jack and a root beer gel.
Located in East Austin is Mettle – a restaurant that incorporates fresh and local ingredients to create one-of-a-kind dishes. Pastry chef Finney Walter explained that he serves a brioche ice cream with dulce de leche, which is based off of the classic childhood favorite of vanilla ice cream topped with caramel sauce. Another twist on flavors of the past comes through in Mettle’s milk chocolate sorbet, which is accompanied by a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.
Jania O’Leary, Executive pastry chef at Trace, is using classic dishes from childhood that weren’t necessarily desserts, and turning them sweet to put on her menu. For example, she used a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as inspiration for a jelly-filled brioche doughnut with a salted peanut and berry swirl ice cream. While you’re at it, try the cheerios and berry swirl ice cream. O’Leary admits that homemade ice cream was one of the best parts of childhood. If you stop in for a meal at this restaurant, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth at the fried candy bar, which delivers all the wonderful flavors from childhood. Dig your teeth into a homemade candy bar filled with rice crisps, salted caramel and dark chocolate.