January 29, 2022

The Baklava Shop's Salted Cashew Caramel Baklava

Tastemaker
By Anna Faller | Dec. 18, 2021

The Baklava Shop launched in Lewiston in 2011 for one reason: The community couldn’t get enough of the Prince family’s specialty sweet.  “When my kids brought treats to school, [ours] was always baklava,” says shop owner and family matriarch, Georgette. Built around goodies made from and inspired by her Lebanese grandmother’s original recipes, the bakery boasts a rotating array of both seasonal and standard bakes. But it’s their Salted Cashew Caramel baklava that puts hum-drum holiday platters to shame. The brainchild of Georgette’s daughter Sarah, this sumptuous blend of sweet and salty begins with 10 layers of flaky phyllo, each separated by a thin coat of butter. From there, Georgette adds one pound of carefully ground and toasted cashews — “Too big, and the baklava falls apart,” she warns — before sandwiching the whole shebang between another 10 sheets of her paper-thin pastry. Brushed with butter and baked to golden perfection, this ooey-gooey holiday treat is doused in scratch-made simple syrup, which they’ve infused with caramel and brown sugar, and finished with a sprinkle of toasted nuts. At only $20 a dozen, we dare you not to eat the box. $20 for 12 pieces. 2889 Kneeland St., Lewiston. Ordering ahead is recommended: (989) 785-5438, baklavashop@frontier.com

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