Note: This is my annual Christmas list of gifts for the food lover, incredible edibles and a few that aren’t meant to be eaten. As the holidays approach, I hope that you find something here that will gladden the hearts (and stomachs) of the foodies on your gift list, including you.
In this series:
Gift #1: Something with Peanut Butter
Gift #2: Cookies for the Adults
Gift #3: Salads + Spreadable Edibles
Gift #4: A Christmas Bread
Gift #5: Fabulous, Flaky Pastries
Gift #6: Cookies + Milk
Gift #7: Double Dips
Gift #8: The Dessert Comes First book – Signed + FREE Shipping!
Gift #9: A Bounty of Bread
Gift #10: A Chewy Cookie That Stays Chewy
It started out as a joke. Baker Innah Gan was looking to name her business but was averse to the more common Sweet, Sugar, Bake, Cake, etc. inclusions of other baking businesses. On her part, she wanted the word ‘happy’ because “…one of my main goals is to make people happy with my creations.” One day, her younger brother blurted out, “The Happy Monster!” and after the ensuing belly laughs, both realized there might be something there.
Innah’s business name is The Happy Monster. Heston, being the character that Innah and her artist-friend, Jorge, created, is the business’ muse. (Check out her FB page [link below] to see what Heston looks like). Innah speaks of Heston like he’s her own child: “I see [him] as a representation of my future customers. Heston is a very happy and carefree baby monster who I love to take good care of … spoiling him with only the best homemade goodies.”She also admits the name Heston appeals to her and thinks the world of English superstar chef Heston Blumenthal.
Innah’s business is one of the few that are focused on pie, and I couldn’t be happier about that since I prefer pie. She describes her Tiramisu Cheesecake as “… like a tiramisu and a plain cheesecake had a beautiful baby”; and her Blueberry Yogurt Pie really does have those ingredients nestled nicely “on a crunchy granola crust to give it that extra oomph.” A caveat: this baker avoids “anything red velvet” so don’t ask for it.
Innah has a predilection for American pies, so inspired was she by an almost month-long trip to Los Angeles. There’s her Snickers Pie “[which] is super popular in the US and I’m glad people here like it too.” A version of the candy bar but all grown up, this pie proffers cream cheese, dulce de leche and Snickers bar chunks. I drool writing about it now since I’ve not tasted it. But I already know I’ll love it.
What I try however is what Innah knows I’d fall hard for. Being a DCF reader, she knows peanut butter is my kryptonite so she sends me her Elvis Pie (P780/P880). (My readers know me so well).
There may not isn’t a better combination than bananas and ganache, unless, of course, peanut butter and whipped cream are added to this merry medley. Remarkably simple, it’s a pie that once I begin eating it, all table conversation quits. It’s just me and this pie. I actually brought this dessert to my lola’s birthday party and it was hoovered down by everyone. “It tastes just like a Banoffee pie but without the caramel!” I overhear someone remark in between bites.
Guess Heston the Happy Monster does make everyone happy.
Elvis Pie by Innah Gan of Heston the Happy Monster
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