- KAT ROBINSON
- LIGHT AND SPICE-FULL: Franke's Cafeteria's Cinnamon Cream Pie
But there’s one pie Franke’s offers that I have seen nowhere else, outside of the occasional family gathering. That amazing pie is the Cinnamon Cream.
If you’ve had it you know what I mean. It’s impossibly light, barely cloying and yet the most perfect representation of a cinnamon roll in any other medium I have come across. There are all the flavors, the cinnamon and nutmeg and butter, all delicately balanced and layered into a housemade shell. From the bottom up it’s graham cracker, cinnamon, a sweet vanilla custard and cinnamon, a lighter custard and a frothy whipped cream and a little more cinnamon graham crumble on the top.
It might appear to be tiramisu-like. It is not. It might appear to be a cross between a banana pudding and banana cream pie. It is not. It is, in my mind, the best use of cinnamon in a pie shell. And I have yet to be able to replicate it perfectly.
That’s why there have been times I’ve dropped in and passed through the line, past the congealed salads and the entrees and peas and such, just to get a piece of pie in a Styrofoam box to take home with me. It’s a very special treat. It comes recommended.
You’ll find Franke’s Cafeteria in the Market Street Shopping Center on Rodney Parham in Little Rock — and also downtown in the bottom of the Regions Building at Broadway and Capital. For more information check out the website.