Food Profiling: Three Hearts Bake Shop
|Mel shares her wares|
When former On the Line subject Kevin Nagano of Sage Cafe sings the praises of another cuisiner, there's a great deal of respect. He started carrying the soft-baked confections of Three Hearts Bake Shop, a Huntington Beach-based labor of love for sassy Mel Myers. After tasting his custom variation of lemon poppy seed cookies sandwiched around green tea filling, we were sold.
The concept began a year ago, when Myers was laid off from a 9-to-5 interior design group specializing in libraries (think of her next time you're browsing the East Anaheim branch or Fontana multicultural center). Mel always loved baking oatmeal peanut butter cokies, a hybrid between those oatmeal pie sugar bombs found at Target and the Girl Scout variety.
Modeled after her great-grandmother's recipe, she utilizes the kitchen of Deli-licious, a local sandwich shop, after hours.
Most of her fillings have a butter base, and a shelf-life of five to seven days when refrigerated; even longer when frozen. Her personal favorite is a chocolate chip variety with chocolate ganache filling. However, the best-seller is an oatmeal peanut butter one with a whipped peanut butter center.
With a little help from her friends, Mel manages to expand her services to include dessert catering for weddings. Wendy, her mom, is a huge supporter, digging deep to help her daughter with orders until as late (early?) as 4 a.m. A partner-in-life, Eric handles the sales side. Her 3-year-old daughter explains the operation best: "My mom makes money cookies. We can't eat the money cookies unless we have money."
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