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23 August 2013

Baku Bakery

AZERBAIJAN
Old storefront 1972 86th Street

[UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015: On July 1st, the 86th Street location closed down, but the bakery has reopened at 1903 Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay.]

Baku Bakery excited me much more by its name than by its pastries. Unfortunately we found no truly exotic Azerbaijani goodies, whatever those might be. It does make solid Russian standards and seems to do good work in the custom cakes department. On our visit, there was a birthday cake shaped and decorated as an exact replica of a box of Parliaments, wishing the recipient a happy 75th.


Fairly stuffed from a visit to nearby Cafe Avat, we stuck to a few sweets that satisfied our little cravings. One pastry that is distinctly Azerbaijani is the shekerbura (sold by weight, but about $1.50/piece, above right and below). These are filled with sugar, cardamon, and an assortment of ground nuts, which include walnuts but must also have almonds and hazelnuts as not to be bitter.

Also seen above is mutekke, filled with a very similar if not exact mixture, in more of a cylindrical twist shape instead of a half moon.


Also of note is the raisin and apple cake (below), of which I did not write down the name. It comes in a stack of layers and is certainly moister and sweeter than the pastries above. Not pictured is a cheese pastry that we ate one bite of before throwing out due to its dullness and dryness.


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