Graces Bakery in Gardena / Monterey Park
I remember back around the 1970's that this bakery had a small
chain of stores. I beleive that the baker was Japanese American
and had won a few awards.I really liked the banana cream pie that
was made there However I think that they are no longer in business.
Does anyone know of any similar pies or better yet have the recipe?
It was actually called Grace's Pastries. The owner is long retired, but one of his daughters has a cooking blog. She broke down one of his original recipes (not the banana cream pie), because it was for a bunch of tea cakes at once. Maybe you can contact the daughter and ask, but it sounds like having to try and make a manageable recipe and testing it is pretty time consuming. Here's the blog with a manageable version of his tea cake recipe. http://g-fork.com/2011/01/22/dads-dan...
The old store on Jefferson still has the sign up, but last I heard someone was using the building and making high-end chocolates.