I love Breaking Bad. It’s easily in my top 3 favourite TV shows, if not number 1. Oddly enough, I didn’t start watching their prequel/spinoff, Better Call Saul for the longest time. Even though I loved Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill’s character, I wasn’t sure how a show just dedicated to him would work, and I felt that it was kind of gimmicky. Well, I started watching the show last week and I must say, I’m now hooked. While I’m not sure yet of how the series overall stacks up against Breaking Bad, it’s (as of early season 2, where I’m at right now) freaking fantastic.
So what does Better Call Saul have to do with a bakery called Half Baked Cookie? Well, let’s just say that something happened in episode 2 of season 2 that left me – in addition to a cramp in my abdomen from laughing – both a craving and an aversion to pie. And after doing a quick search on the internet for places offering “full moon pies” or “boston cream splats” (and no, I didn’t actually Google these terms), I found Half Baked Cookie, a small bakery located on Nanaimo St, several blocks away from The Drive. The bakery offers a rotating variety of different pies, as well as various cookies and biscuits. For my visit, I was able to get a slice each of their Chocolate Haupia and Banoffee Cream.
Banoffee Cream Pie ($5):
The description on their website pretty much says it all: “vanilla bean pastry cream, dulce de leche caramel, fresh bananas, espresso whipped cream and candied pecans“. Seriously, how can this NOT be good? Each and every flavour was present and worked together in perfect harmony. The crust was perfectly cooked, being rich and flaky without any burnt bits. I actually prefer it over the crust from the Pie Shoppe.
Chocolate Haupia Pie ($5):
Again, the description (“velvety layers of dark and milk chocolate coconut pudding and coconut pudding, topped with real whip, coconut flakes and milk chocolate”) says it all. I will just add that the crust for this pie tasted even better than the Banoffee Cream. The only small negative that I have was that I found the coconut pudding to be a tad heavy on the gelatin, but seriously, this pie is fantastic.
Half Baked Cookie is easily my current favourite place for pies. I cannot wait to return to get some of their other varieties. Seriously, if you like pies (and who doesn’t?) please do yourself a favour and head down there. Just don’t be a squat cobbler; there’s a special place in hell for people who’s waste these delicious masterpieces for non-eating purposes.