Monday, September 18, 2023

CeCe's Patisserie

CeCe's Patisserie is located on Kamehameha Hwy, in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center, in Aiea, Hawaii.

CeCe's opened in mid-February hoping to teach youths various skills, such as cooking, baking, reading, and doing math. They also support multiple farmer's market vendors.

Immediately when stepping in, I saw glass cases of different pastries and snacks. I couldn't find a menu online or in the store, but there's an array of options, including mini pies (5" diameter), cookies, brownies, and more.

One of the signature items is Nana's Bread Pudding, which the owner's mom makes. Other options include a Ube Haupia with Shortbread Macadamia Nut Crust, and a Pecan Pie with Pecan Shortbread Crust.

My eyes immediately darted to the 5" Key Lime Pie ($13), which of course includes a homemade graham cracker crust. As first-time customers, my mom and I each got a free cookie, so we tried one Snickerdoodle and one Peanut Butter cookie.

That key lime pie was one of the best I've had. Thick and rich, powerful lime, not too sweet. The graham cracker crust held together well, but also cut wonderfully, allowing me to share with my parents. The pie can be topped with whipped cream if you wish; I added just a little to mine.

Both cookies were excellent. Snickerdoodle had a bit of chew and pleasing cinnamon, while the Peanut Butter let us know what the star was.

I'm always a fan of one small business supporting other small businesses, plus wanting to give back to the youths. Kudos for paying it forward. I hope CeCe's sticks around for many years to come. 9.5/10

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