Awards & Distinctions
James Beard Foundation
Maura Kilpatrick, Finalist, Outstanding Baker (2018)
Maura Kilpatrick, Finalist, Outstanding Pastry Chef (2015-2017)
Maura Kilpatrick Semifinalist, Outstanding Pastry Chef (2008-2014)
BEST OF BOSTON
Maura Kilpatrick, Boston’s Best Pastry Chef (2011)
Maura Kilpatrick, Boston’s Best Pastry Chef (2007-2009)
Best of Boston 2017: Best Pastries
Sofra Bakery & Cafe
Imagine a flakier, more buttery version of a Pop-Tart, stuffed with finely chopped pistachios and blackberries. A chocolate-hazelnut baklava that is fudgy, not cloyingly sweet. A densely textured yet delicate almond-rose cake. Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick draw on inspiration from the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece to create their café’s sweets, and the result is otherworldly.
3 Different Takes
(All Are Winners!)
North African in origin, hugely popular in Israel, and staining tablecloths and t-shirts all over the Middle East and world at large, shakshuka is exactly the one-pan, bear hug of a dish that we want to eat for breakfast every morning—and then again for dinner every night.
Ask a Pastry Chef: What to Eat at Sofra Bakery & Cafe, Cambridge, MA
What do you get when you transport the bold colors, inventive flavors, and exotic spices of the well-loved Cambridge restaurant Oleana into a cozy bakery and cafe? Sofra, the popular spot created by James Beard Award-winner Ana Sortun and 5-time "Best of Boston" pasty chef Maura Kilpatrick.
saveur: restaurant review
Chef Ana Sortun's Levant-inspired Cuisine is as Surprising as Ever.
By Corby Kummer
When Chef Anna Sortun opened Oleana 11 years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the restaurant—with its filigree lanterns, Turkish rugs, and sultry garden where musicians played the oud and hand drums—was a novelty. The food, an amalgam of Mediterranean cuisines that wandered all over North Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East, had hardly any precedent in Cambridge, or this country. I remember being surprised on an early visit by the startlingly vivid flavors:
Improper Bostonian: Boston’s Best Pastries 2017
Sofra Bakery & Cafe
Berry scones, cinnamon rolls, nutty macaroons: You can get them anywhere. Date-filled ma’amoul, Syrian shortbread with raspberry jam, Turkish kunefe in chamomile syrup: You’ll find these in few places but Sofra, the Middle Eastern-inspired Cambridge cafe from James Beard winner Ana Sortun and James Beard finalist Maura Kilpatrick. The duo offers transporting flavors in sweet treats, za’atar spiced breads and savory pies, like lamb moussaka, made with high-quality ingredients that come from Sudbury’s Siena Farms, owned by Sortun’s husband.
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Sofra Bakery & Café This bakery and café also has a truly wonderful selection of provisions, including oils, vinegars, spice blends, and preserves made in house. Sofra is also a wonderful place to while away time in. I could stay there for hours and it seems others could, too, so make sure to get there early to grab a spot!
food & wine
Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates
At Sofra Bakery & Cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Maura Kilpatrick is known for her ingenious blending of American and Middle Eastern flavors. Here she balances sweet Medjool dates with bitter espresso and toasty brown butter for a pie that might look familiar but is surprisingly complex.
The Middle Eastern Pastry Shop That Ottolenghi Hits When He’s in Town
Sofra, located in Cambridge, is worth the train-bus combo, Uber Pool, or bribed ride from a friend to make it here for breakfast or lunch. Ana Sortun, Boston’s reigning queen of Mediterranean cuisine, and pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick turn out a menu’s worth of must-orders.