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Dessert in the Desert:
aka Deli & Bakeshop

aka Deli and Bakeshop offers a variety of beautiful pastries.

August 7, 2017

Dessert in the Desert

They might be known for their homemade bagels, sandwiches, and salads, but let’s put that aside (just for a second, though). I love a good bagel as much as the next person, but it’s time to bring pastries into the spotlight.

aka Deli & Bakeshop is relatively new to the Mercado San Agustin, but has quickly become the dessert provider for many local restaurants including The Coronet, Agustin Kitchen, Ombre Coffee, Caffe Luce, with more spots planning to carry their pastries in the future.

aka Deli & Bakeshop offers a wide variety of pastries.

aka Deli & Bakeshop currently offers a number of delicious desserts that would be hard to find elsewhere. The extensive list of pastries includes:

  • Whole Pies in apple, apple berry, berry, lemon meringue, prickly pear meringue, and seasonal flavors
  • Frangipane Tarts with almond filling and a shortbread crust
  • Rustic Galette with seasonal fruit
  • Polenta Upside Down Cake with seasonal fruit
  • Sacher Torte with apricot and dark chocolate glaze
  • Bread Loaves in banana, zucchini, and pumpkin
  • Cakes & Cheesecakes in a variety of flavors
  • Cookies in oatmeal pepita apricot, chocolate chunk, dark chocolate dipped coconut macaroon, earl grey lavender, thumbprints, and lime basil
  • Morning Buns sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest
  • Olive Oil Muffins 
  • Danishes with sweet cheese or glazed fruit
  • Almond Bear Claws with toasted almond custard filling
  • Scones with different add-ins available

aka Deli & Bakeshop shares the same owner, Sally Kane, as The Coronet and Agustin Kitchen, but pastry chef Jaime Lawhorn said, “aka [Deli & Bakeshop] is its own beast with more cookies and more breakfast pastries.”

“Bagels are also a key item at aka, as well as our cardamom orange zest morning buns,” she added.

The fan favorites at aka Deli & Bakeshop are usually the earl grey lavender cookies, basil lime cookies, morning buns, and oatmeal pepita cookies. And, of course, the bagels.

The morning buns are a fan favorite.

“All of our desserts are made totally from scratch with the best ingredients,” Lawhorn said. “And of course, made with love!”

Inspired by trips to Europe and local goods, each of the pastries are part of a collaboration of ideas from Lawhorn, Kane, and Erika Bostick, who is aka Deli & Bakeshop’s general manager and The Coronet’s executive chef.

“It’s fun when we come up with an idea and just keep bouncing ideas back and fourth until we come up with the final product,” Lawhorn said.

The Strawberry-Blueberry Upside-down Polenta Cake is just one of the many cake flavors offered at aka.

When asked why desserts and pastries are so important, Lawhorn said, “I am a little biased, but I think it’s important to offer a good range of desserts to top off an amazing meal.”

“It’s sort of the final thought a restaurant patron experiences,” she said. “Having a wide array of desserts ensures that the guest can get what they’re craving.”

aka Deli & Bakeshop
100 South Avenida del Convento
Tucson, AZ 85745

Dessert in the Desert is a series highlighting desserts in Tucson. The main courses at restaurants get all the rage, as they should, but what about desserts? They deserve a spotlight, too.



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