Georgia Dakota is an American artisan kitchen serving a range of baked goods- from cakes to cookies, brownies and granola. Set up by Michelle, who grew up on her grandparents’ farm in the US and has always believed in using fresh produce, this bakery is a little piece of heaven here in the city. Michelle has named the place after her grandmother, from whom she gained inspiration to delve into the art of baking. All the products at Georgia Dakota are always wholesome and natural, carefully prepared in small batches and never include any artificial ingredients. Michelle lays a lot of emphasis on local produce, and tries to source as many of her ingredients as possible from local sources. But quality is never compromised, and everything goes through many rounds of tasting.
Though she gets most of her orders online, she has also opened up a cute little outlet in the nondescript Vasant Vihar market. The outlet is simple and charming, and the beautiful aroma of freshly baked cookies is sure to draw you towards it.
I visited the outlet on a sunny afternoon, and was simply blown away by the products.
Granolas: Granolas are a healthy and filling snack, but unfortunately, we don’t get good granolas in the market, and the packaged ones are neither tasty nor healthy. But the granolas at Georgia were fabulous. I tasted the Rocky Mountain Granola (a mix of oats, oat bran, amaranth, sesame seeds, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, mixed with coconut oil and honey) and the Cocoa Almond Granola (made with Dutch processed cocoa and whole almonds, mixed with oats, honey and coconut oil and baked). The cocoa granola tasted sinful (due to the cocoa), but actually isn’t sinful when you look at the nutritious ingredients that go into it, and the rocky mountain granola was really crunchy and tasty as well. These granolas can be a nice and nutritious way to start the day, when you don’t have time to make breakfast.
Sometimes we crave a little bite of something, just to uplift our mood. And what could be better than having a sweet bite, without having to worry about the calories. This is exactly what the Mango Sunshine Bites and the Chai Spiced Energy Bites are for. The mango bite had a nice coconut flavour to it, and was sweetened with honey, while the chai spiced bite had been sweetened with dates and was really earthy and flavorful.
Salted Caramel Brownies: The brownies were gooey and fudgy, and had been layered with house-made caramel sauce and sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt. The brownies had a perfect balance of sweet and salty notes and were really decadent.
Cookies: The place has a variety of cookies, all of which not only have different flavors, but also different textures. The Flourless Molten Chocolate Cookies had a rich, dark cocoa flavour and had a chewy, fudgy texture as they were made without flour or butter. The Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies had a texture which was somewhere between a cookie and a brownie, so they were crispy on the outside and cakey inside, and had a lovely taste due to the rich Belgian chocolate and Dutch-processed cocoa. The Ginger Molasses Cookies were soft and crumbly, and full of rich, dark imported molasses, spicy ginger, sweet cinnamon and freshly ground cloves. The Eggless and Flourless Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookies were traditional, American cookies, made with real 54% dark Belgian chocolate chips, brown rice flour and buckwheat flour. They were crispy on the outside and had melted, gooey chocolate on the inside.
Next, I tried the cake loaves- Orange and Cranberry Cake and Grandma’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake. The orange cake had a citrusy freshness from the orange zest, and bursts of flavour from the sweet-tart North American cranberries. The chocolate zucchini cake, made with whole-wheat flour, zucchini, yoghurt, honey, walnuts, and rich Dutch processed cocoa and dotted with Belgian chocolate chips, tasted amazing, and there was no way of guessing just by tasting it that it was a rather healthy cake.
Last but certainly not the least, I tried two of their signature cakes:
Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake: This was one of the most decadent chocolate cakes I’ve had. It was really rich and had a deep, dark chocolate flavour from the luscious Dutch processed cocoa. The moistness of the cake came from the yogurt that was used in the sponge. But the best part about the cake was certainly the thick and creamy Belgian chocolate icing.
Wheat Free Spiced Belgian Chocolate Cake: This cake was really something special. It was a wheat-free dark Belgian chocolate, infused with a touch of rum, cinnamon, cloves, chilli and pepper for pure indulgence. The trick with this cake is to heat it up for just 10 seconds in the microwave, and then it’s just pure bliss.
Overall, Georgia Dakota has some fabulous, indulgent and decadent desserts, all made with lots of love and premium quality ingredients. The pure passion that Michelle has for baking easily comes through in the products. All the delicious products that Georgia Dakota has to offer make this place an absolute must-try!
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Location: Shop 5, D Block Market, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
Phone No.: 099105 49997
To find out more about Georgia Dakota, check out their website here.