This holiday season, satisfy your sweet tooth with internationally inspired delights at Chicago’s top restaurants.
Beatnik’s Orange Blossom Cheesecake (Photo by Jacquelyn Trezzo.)
Pastry Chef Becca Zuckerman first had kanafeh visiting Israel on a Birthright trip. The celebratory Middle Eastern dessert inspires her orange blossom cheesecake for the holidays. “I wanted to do an approachable version of that dessert that was recognizable to our customer,” she says. Traditionally, kanafeh is served with warm cheese and honey sandwiched between shredded phyllo, but Zuckerman creates a more composed version. She artfully surrounds cream cheese mascarpone cheesecake with a nest of shredded phyllo, candied Sicilian pistachios, and apricot jam. 1604 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, 312-929-4945