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Dessert Goes East

Delicious pastries and rich breads

make Canaan Bakery a sweet spot

Typically Asian cuisine is not associated with dessert and pastries so I was delighted by the deliciousness of the breads and pastries I found at Canaan Bakery and Cafe in Hicksville. Savory and sweet buns, Danish and Korean pastries, cookies and very good coffee can be enjoyed at the café, which is located at the entrance of the H&Y Supermarket. This is the Nassau County outpost of the four Canaan bakeries—the other three are in Flushing.

The patriarch of the family, Seung Gu Kim, arrived in the US in the late 1980s. He had been a baker in Korea and took up his profession here in New York, opening his first bakery in 1990 with this wife Il Rye Kim. Their adult children are involved in the business. Ki Young, who attended the International Culinary School, bakes the Danish at one of the shops in Flushing; Ki Yong, who went to the French Culinary Institute, takes care of the bills and the accounting. Their sister, Kay Kim, is in charge of quality control.

Kay Kim says that the small buns are the most popular, and after tasting them, I could see why. The Danish is filled with red beans, mocha cream, butter cream or custard cream. One variety is topped with crumbs. The breads are larger versions of the buns.

The pastries at Canaan bring together Korean ingredients and European techniques. Discussing the cakes with my guru for Asian food, Robert Han, the vice president of H&Y Supermarket, we came up with the word “gentle” to describe the pastries, not a usual word when talking about food. “Koreans like their bread lighter and fluffier,” said Han.

Canaan offers two over-sized buns—a macaroon, made with walnuts and almond paste, and green tea bread with chestnut, walnut and raisins. “People are always coming back for the macaroon,” says Kay Kim, who estimates that 60 percent of the customers are Asian, 40 percent Western. “The two big ones are most popular with Westerners,” she says.

You can also get typical Korean cookies at the bakery—white bean and chestnut, red bean and walnut, and chestnut, plus layered cakes.

Canaan, at 478 Plainview Rd., is open seven days a week.

News

Hicksville’s interim School Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso gave a review of the district’s recently completed capital projects and facilities updates at Nov. 19’s board of education meeting. Most of the projects were completed over the summer in each of the district’s schools.

“Thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations, Dave Bell and his staff, we are structurally sound,” said Bonuso. “So much of what we do is in-house which saves the district money and our staff makes the facilities as special as the students they serve.”

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.


Sports

For the past 11 months, Hicksville’s Marlo Signoracci has been training for IRONMAN, one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there. The triathlon includes a swim, bike and run portion. Signoracci recently traveled down to Florida to compete in IRONMAN Florida. Here’s a look at her experience.

Nov. 1, 2014 will be a day in my life I will never forget and will carry with me forever. It truly was the celebration of the last 11 months of training.

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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