Cake Eater's Blackberry Pie Bar: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 4

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Is that a whole blackberry?
Emily and Taylor Harris's Cake Eater has become a neighborhood hang, serving breakfast and pastries in their charming day-glo orange trimmed building. The cupcakes are still important, but have lost their primacy in the wake of Sheela Namakkal's departure for Chicago. While this may sound sad, it has given way to the rise of the baked treats at the Seward shop -- namely the blackberry pie bar, which makes for an ideal afternoon pick-me-up. An addictive layering of custard, fruit and what they call "faker pastry," it speaks to the fact that spring is on its way (we hope).

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Serious bars live behind this orange trim.

The sweet, slightly tart blackberries stare back at you, wholly, from the square on your plate. Delectably intermixed with a custard filling and a crunchy, almost coffee-cake like topping, the entire forkful is sweet, yet perfectly so. The juicy berries give it a jolt of fruity integrity that complements the other elements -- especially the base, which is made by throwing the usual pie crust ingredients into a food processor and then pressing them into a pan. It results in a thick, shortbread-like flavor that makes you dream of all your favorite pies being converted to bars.

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A cross section that bares fruit

Go ahead and tell yourself that this is a good snack for one, when really the $3 bar can easily feed a happy couple or mother and child. And if you're really strong, and have the ability to wait and eat that bar at home -- be sure to introduce it to your friendly neighborhood or homemade vanilla ice cream. The blackberry pie bar will reward you for your willpower by playing extra, extra nice in any à la mode situation.

Cake Eater Bakery
2929 E. 25th St., Minneapolis
612.354.7178

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No. 26: Moto-i's steamed hoisin pork buns
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No. 31: Dolsot Bibimbap at Dong Yang Oriental Food
No. 32: Piccolo's Scrambled Eggs with Pig's feet
No. 33: Meritage's pommes frites
No. 34: Travail's Fried Chicken
No. 35: Hmong Village's stuffed chicken wings
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No. 38: Isles Bun & Coffee's puppy dog tails
No. 39: Surdyk's Flight's chicken báhn mì
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No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta
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No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
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