OAK PARK, Ailing. (WLS) —
Oak Park is understood for a lot of issues, together with the Frank Lloyd Wright neighborhood and the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. And our Hungry Hound says in the event you ever plan on visiting, you need to make a cease at a tiny bakery.
He says it is hidden alongside Oak Park Avenue, throughout the road from the inexperienced line cease. However should you like pie, it ranks among the many area’s greatest.
To not be confused with the Spilt Milk bar in Logan Sq., the Oak Park bakery’s employees spends most of its time making delicate, flaky pie crusts, filling them with fruit or cream or chocolate after which baking them into utter deliciousness.
However do not assume for a second that pie is all they’re able to. It takes just a few minutes of staring on the entrance pastry case to see what I imply.
Molly Svec all the time new she’d find yourself with a bakery. She simply did not know when.
“I completed up work at a restaurant on Nantucket Island and I got here again to Chicago and I stated, assume I am prepared, like I am able to not work for anybody else proper now,” she stated.
Final yr, she and her sister, Meg, opened Spilt Milk, one of many smallest bakeries you will ever see. Regardless of its measurement, it manages to crank out dozens of pies, quiches, galettes and hand pies every day. However this time of yr, the cream pies – as wealthy and indulgent as they’re – take a again seat to those crammed with fruit.
“The pies are actually lovely proper now, we get a number of actually superior fruit from Mick Klug Farm and Nichols Farm and it is simply enjoyable; twice every week we simply get large portions of fruit and it is sort of humorous to see it stacked like on each floor however it’s enjoyable and I like it,” stated Svec.
Molly does lots of the dough rolling herself, and it isn’t straightforward. Every one is hand-crimped as properly. The fruit is the actual star although – luscious plums, peaches, apples and berries – a few of them mascerated in sugar to deliver out their candy liquid, others simply as-is, just like the blackberries. On prime, a tough crumble is unfold evenly throughout the highest; that may find yourself turning into candy and crispy after time spent within the oven.
Do not overlook the creamy options: lemon meringue, banana cream and chocolate silk all maintain their very own and it does not matter in the event you’re a child or a grown-up, the towers of cookies are almost unimaginable to disregard.
“My mother has a cookie habit and I feel she handed it right down to me, however she all the time has cookies in the home. Once I see a cookie recipe I am like, we have now to have; we will not say no to that cookie,” she stated.
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