When you think of Indian food, dessert may not be the first thing to come to mind. There are certainly a number of delicious, traditional Indian desserts, but they have yet to gain wide recognition among Americans. Lavanya Mahate, owner of Saffron Valley, has developed Biscott’s in order to introduce Utahns to some of her favorite sweets.
In many respects, Biscott’s is a traditional bakery, offering a variety of cakes, cookies, and pastries. Lavanya has made it a priority to add Indian influences in her dessert cakes. The cakes feature a variety of South Asian flavors, like the Moksha Mango and Nirvana Pistachio. The red velvet cake (below) incorporates traditional gulab jamun, a sort of Indian doughnut.
You’ll also find a great deal of British influence, which is common in desserts all over India. Biscott’s offers a variety of savory and sweet tea cookies, which pair perfectly with the vast selection of coffees, chais, and other teas. Try several to discover your favorites, but I especially encourage you to sample the lemon & salt, corn flake, and butterscotch cookies.
Now is the best time to try out the Indian bakery as Biscott’s is offering a special promotion for Salt Lake magazine readers! Just mention the magazine when you visit either location until the end of the month to get a free 1/4 pound of tea cookies. You’ll also want to stop by to test May’s featured cake flavors, chai spice and beetroot chocolate fudge, as well as the colorful henna-decorated sugar cookies.
If you do make a visit, let me know!
- 1098 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Closed Tuesdays
- 6172 W. Lake Avenue, South Jordan, Closed Sundays
Sweet Endings is a recurring feature showcasing new and innovative sweet treats as well as some of Salt Lake City’s staple desserts written and photographed each week by Derek Deitsch. If you have any sweet tips, let him know! @derekdeitsch