Q • The vegan oatmeal cookies at Blueprint Coffee in the Delmar Loop may look like rocks, but they taste so good! — Katie Metzinger, Kirkwood
A • Abi Svoboda is not-so-secretly proud of the vegan and gluten-free breakfast cookies at Blueprint, the University City-based coffee roaster and coffee bar. But the kitchen manager (and barista) agrees: “They are homely little cookies, absolutely one of those ugly delicious things.”
“Trendiness is not my jam,” explains Svoboda about choosing coconut oil for the breakfast cookies. (In fact, she selected coconut oil because it’s neither a liquid fat nor a solid fat, something in between.) What is Svoboda’s jam is, well, jam, Blueprint’s house-made jams, especially with house-made biscuits. It’s a constant competition in the kitchen, she says, who makes the prettiest biscuits.
Mornings, the vibe at Blueprint is part industry, part contemplation, part early business talk, part private laptop work. Even when the coffee bar is full, that first hour is quiet save for morning-friendly music. The regulars know their orders — owner-selected, house-roasted, single-origin hand-poured coffee served in quirky glass flasks that hold heat — but never fear, first-timers are welcomed with friendly guidance.
The food menu is limited but no one will leave hungry — think biscuits and jam but also Swedish pancakes (a nod to Svoboda’s Nordic heritage), veggie hash, a brioche egg sandwich. “The coffee is so beautiful,” Svoboda says. “And we do breakfast really well.” Word to the wise, the kitchen closes at 2 p.m.
Blueprint’s burger-size breakfast cookies are mixed by hand, literally, not with a spoon but with an actual hand. This keeps the taste and texture of each ingredient — the banana, the coconut, the chocolate, the cherries, even the oats — distinct and discernible. The baking technique is unusual too, not unlike flipping burgers.
Blueprint will soon open a second location in an old auto repair shop in Lindenwood Park.
6225 Delmar Boulevard
Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.
To request a recipe
Would you like to request a recipe from a restaurant that is still open in the St. Louis area? Send your request along with your full name and the city you live in to reciperequest@ post-dispatch.com.
Source : http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/special-request-blueprint-s-vegan-cookies-may-not-look-pretty/article_8b1368c2-2777-550f-869e-19a067df558a.html497