Does Baltimore need another bakery? You bet, especially when the proprietor/baker is Anisha Jagtap, 23, a former executive pastry chef at Sasha’s who trained with Ned Atwater. Anisha showcases her tempting fare from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday in a tiny rowhouse on The Avenue (830 W. 36th St., 410-878-1266, puffsandpastries.com).
She opened last Saturday to attract the crowds at Hampdenfest. It’s a cute space with wood floors, soft green walls, and minimalist trappings. The star is the pastry case filled with sweet and savory goodies. "I thought Baltimore needed something local and seasonal as far as pastries go," Anisha says. She chose Hampden because it’s an up-and-coming place.
There are lots of individual nibbles or you can order whole portions, even wedding cakes, if you’d like. So far, we can personally praise the Granny-Smith apple tart ($4), chocolate-mousse cream puff drizzled with chocolate ganache ($3.25), mushroom duxelles tart topped with parsley goat cheese ($5), and wedge of candied apple-wood bacon cheese quiche ($5). There’s more, too, including cookies, brownies, scones, and breads. I can see me making regular visits.