New Baked Goods
Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu BakeShop’s new executive pastry chef, Ed Morita (pictured left), is developing some sweet surprises, including a new lemon chess pie prepared with kiawe flour instead of the traditional cornmeal. “It’s still tart but it also has the sweet essence of the kiawe,” Morita says. “What I’m trying to do is put a local spin on traditional baked goods.” One of his latest experiment is a kabocha crunch. Instead of baking the Japanese squash, he’s using the imu at Old Lāhainā Lū‘au to smoke the squash. “I’m still trying to find the right amount of smokage,” Morita notes. “Not everyone is familiar with smoked desserts.” He’s also working on a new line of bagels, malasada and other baked goods for Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu group, which includes Old Lāhainā Lū‘au, Star Noodle, Aloha Mixed Plate and Leoda’s.