MANILA, Philippines – Are you in lava with baklava, but also in a long-term affair with cheesecake? Apparently, so is local bakery Workshop – its newest hybrid offering is the Baklava Cheesecake, marrying the well-loved Turkish delicacy with the popular cream cheese-based dessert!
It’s a rich, creamy cheesecake that tastes like the classic New York-style that’s more tangy than sweet. But it doesn’t look like your regular cake – open the box and you’ll be greeted by a big, circular baklava cake, covered in many layers of golden-brown, crisp filo pastry.
Underneath all that flaky filo is a generous layer of sweet, chunky baklava nut filling – coarsely-chopped pistachios and walnuts sweetened with honey – followed by the 8″ cheesecake on top of a graham crust. Everything works cohesively – the sweet and tangy flavors and the varying textures of the two treats combined into one Middle Eastern-inspired dessert.
The abundant filo pastry layers on top aren’t very stable though, so it was quite hard to cut through the cake smoothly. We ended up snacking on the fallen filo pastry with our fingers. However, it was easy to enjoy the cheesecake and sweet baklava filling together.
Workshop’s limited edition Baklava Cheesecake costs P2,600 for the whole and P415 per slice. It’s available starting October for takeout, delivery, and dine-in at Workshop’s bakery stall in The Grid Food Market, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City. You can also order through The Grid’s website, GrabFood, foodpanda, Pick-a-Roo, and Rider Ko.
Workshop is part of Tasteless Food Group’s roster of brands, which includes Hanamaruken Ramen, Scout’s Honor, Poison Doughnuts, Your Local, Tsuke-men, The Grid, PizzaExpress, and more. – Rappler.com