Our story is based on love and tradition! My brothers and I had the great fortune to be born to a very loving mother, Sarah, who had a HEART of GOLD. She was nurturing in every way possible and baked for us the most delicious Sephardic Turkish Specialties ever known to anyone! Mom loved us with a full heart and through her masterful culinary skills that were traditional in nature, she shared with us the very best of Sephardic cuisine that was passed along from her mother to our blessed home.
Our beloved mother Sarah, affectionately known as Sarika and most commonly known as Sandy, baked tirelessly with Grandma in our tiny kitchen in Queens, N.Y. to produce some of the best tasting biscochos, burekas, boyos, travados, roscas, (and lots more), filling our apartment with rich fragrances sweet and savory alike. It was also during this time when I watched, practiced and learned the art of Sephardic treasures and developed full interest in baking gourmet style baked goodies with a flare!
Throughout our adult lives, Mom would bake dozens of biscochos and bring them to us, well protected in tightly sealed tin cans that would maintain their freshness for weeks! We would cherish every bite, knowing the flavor was identical to that remembered in our childhood. And, every bite reminded us of the love and passion Mom poured into baking these very special cookies for her children. We knew that baking these biscochos was truly a labor of love!
Sadly, Mom passed away in 2014 and we were grief-stricken over the loss of our matriarch. Searching for ways to keep Mom’s memory alive, I started baking biscochos for my family to enjoy and to maintain tradition. The love of these very special cookies spread quickly amongst friends, family, and community.
I was even asked which gourmet bakery my baked treats were purchased from when my girlfriend served them at a dinner party, and voila, SARAH'S GOURMET BAKERY was born and created in my Mom’s name, as she is deservingly honored. How excited mom would be knowing her biscochos and other baked goods are being enjoyed by so many.
So, as a tribute to our Mother and Grandma…from the Old World, to the New World, to YOUR World, we offer you a taste of love, tradition, and sacred memories deliciously prepared as the best of Sephardic specialties and so much more!!
BAKED WITH LOVE