Sweets to ‘Cross’ Off the List

Columns Who's Counting?

March 9, 2014

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

With lent well underway, I found myself wondering what I could give up until Easter. Most people give up a food item, but I’m not one who is able to successfully restrain myself — have you seen the name of this column?

And there most certainly is one thing I will never, ever give up: sweets.

In time for lent, Larry’s Bakery recently rereleased its seasonal special, Hot Cross Buns ($1.40 each), on Ash Wednesday. It will be available until Easter Sunday, but co-owner and vice president Iris Yafuso-Toguchi recommends ordering in advance due to its popularity.

The Danish-like delights feature bits of dried fruit in every bite and a homemade topping that forms a cross on the bun with a consistency like custard, but even sweeter.

“It’s my dad’s recipe,” says Yafuso-Toguchi of the bakery’s namesake, “and (it’s) enjoyable and a lot of people love it. So we haven’t changed a thing since my dad made it.”

Another popular treat among customers is the bakery’s Half Moon ($1.80 each), with either apple or coconut filling. Unlike turnovers that are made with airy and flaky crusts, Larry’s half moons are made with dough similar to pie crusts, making each creation like a handheld, mini pie.

And, if you’re in the mood for sharing or going to a party, the bakery also offers its Haupia Cake in various sizes. Made with a traditional white chiffon cake, the haupia frosting is like a silky pudding texture. The cake is garnished with coconut flakes on its edges.

Daily, 4 by 8 inch ($9.50) and 8 by 8 inch ($16.50) cakes are available, while a larger full sheet size may be ordered as well.

Larry’s Bakery

4369 Lawehana St., Honolulu
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, 6 a.m.-noon
Closed Sundays

Honolulu, HI 96818

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