After months of hard work and preparation, Prohibition Pastries, and their alcohol enhanced pastries, finally opened their doors on April 1 in the Point Breeze area.
Yes you read that correctly. Alcohol enhanced pastries.
As the name suggests, Prohibition Pastries uses alcohol in many of their treats to enhance the flavor. It’s a technique that’s made Eliza Bowman, the owner of Prohibition Pastries, famous and has given her the nickname “Boozy Baker”.
“Alcohol is really an incredible flavor holder. Craft alcohols have so many flavors that enhance the pastry instead of just vanilla, which can overpower everything. For example, a craft gin has a lot of botanicals that bring out some floral or nutty flavors, instead of just covering everything with vanilla,” Bowman said.
Now if you’re concerned that this special treat may get you drunk, Bowman ensures that isn’t possible. She replaces Vanilla Extract, which has 35-40% alcohol in it, with different gins, whiskeys, rums and other alcoholic drinks. So ultimately the alcohol content in the bakery treats ends up being similar to normal bakery goods with Vanilla Extract in them.
“I don’t want parents to be afraid to give their children my treats. Everything is child-friendly,” she says. “I’m not selling cocktails. It is more nuanced, than ‘Woah, I just had a drink of whiskey.’”
If you’re still not convinced about the alcohol infused treats though, then Prohibition Pastries has you covered. Bowman noted that the bakery would be for the neighborhood and have a variety of different options.
“I’ve spent the past year doing recon, and trying to get a sense of what the neighborhood wants,” Bowman said. “There will be some coffee, and of course cookies, cupcakes, and whole cakes to go. Everyone has been asking about bread, so we will have, that too. I do make Steak and Stouts pies, pot pies, and breakfast stuff. The savory pies will be fresh, but frozen to take home for meals. I’ll also have my Barleywine Pretzels. I’m really going to gauge the community after we open. We will see what is in demand.”