From chocolate making and pastry classes on weekends during her university days, to setting up her own bakery, Reem Fakhro’s elegant patisserie, Blissful Temptations, rightfully represents its’ name as it offers its customers a delectable spread of sweet and savoury baked goods. From a mouth-watering selection of velvety cakes and cupcakes, delicious pizzas, puddings, cookies, to light foods and salads, as well as healthy gluten-free options, Blissful Temptations is a bakery that welcomes customers with all kinds of tastes and preferences. Finding success with her bakery in Riyadat Mall, Reem has successfully branched out to Al Aali Shopping Complex, and spoke to Perle Magazine about her journey of turning her passion and dream into a reality.
Always one with a sweet tooth, Reem’s interest in baking arose during her high-school years, throughout which she was already known for her vanilla and red velvet cupcakes. As every great chef or baker can reveal, the best recipes they have learnt are from home, and similarly, before starting university Reem mastered her favourite family recipes of Lemon Sour Cream Cake, Nutella Cake, and Chocolate Mousse, as well as the more traditional recipes of Faloodeh and Muhallabia. Delving further into baking, Reem says it served as a calming tool, yet pushed her further to challenge herself by working through different recipes and adding her own touch to them. “The whole process of creating elegant, simple, and delicious desserts and listening to feedback, made me want to keep baking.”
Reem’s devotion to baking lead her to being enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu, London, from where she earned her Diplome De Patisserie. Reem’s passion combined with encouragement from friends resulted in her online documentation of her work, and thus, Blissful Temptation was founded. In order to perfect her skills, Reem trained rigorously at The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain, in chocolate making, pastry, cold and gourmet kitchen; followed by an intensive cake decorating and catering course at London-based restaurant Rare, and an internship at Cocomaya chocolatier, an artisan bakery. Initially starting as a home business, Reem says she had to make sure she was entirely content and confident with following this career path and realising if it is genuinely her calling. After spending some time operating from home, she decided to follow her dreams and set up her bakery in 2014, located in Riyadat Mall. Not one to take a break from her art, in the time between conceptualising the bakery and setting it up, Reem worked at a small coffee shop in the heart of Muharraq, called Luqmatina, which allowed her to share her artistry with customers through breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and daily sweet and savoury specials. Reem’s fervour, finesse, and personal touch to all her scrumptious food has resulted in Blissful Temptations opening a kiosk in Al Aali Shopping Complex and becoming closer to their customers.
Home to heavenly desserts like the Baklava Cheesecake, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, the ever-popular rose cake, Lotus Tiramisu, and more, Blissful Temptations’ vastly impressive menu for both sweet and savoury is enjoyed by all. Focusing also on catering to those with special dietary needs such as gluten-free/Paleo, Reem says though it is difficult to work with gluten-free products, they continue to work towards this challenge and use the best ingredients for all their goods.
“It is a challenge, but it is a fun challenge, which means getting it right from the ingredients, taste, texture, to baking, and tasting and finally seeing customers enjoying and wanting more – that is what really matters to us.” For those who want a quick but filling savoury bite, Blissful Temptations’ gourmet sandwiches such as the Bresaola Sandwich, Pesto Panini, and Turkey Honey Sub, or even the tantalising Quinoa Beetroot and feta cheese salad or the Eggplant and Parsley salad, among others, are the ideal choices for lunch or dinner.
Bringing Blissful Temptations to the customers, the bakery also offers catering services for events of any nature. Reem says they meet with the clients and discuss in detail the purpose and theme (if any) for the event, time, place, age group, number of guests, and whether or not it would be a ‘self-service’ or ‘pass-around’ event. Once the details are carefully planned out, the clients are invited over for a food tasting. Having catered to multiple events such as birthdays for kids and adults, bridal showers, weddings, private dinner parties, and even afternoon tea collaborations with celebrated Bahraini fashion designer, Lulwa Al Amin, Blissful Temptations moulds its menu to the needs of the customers to ensure their comfort and satisfaction.
Keeping her recipes close to her heart, the baking artisan says they are currently working on introducing more gluten free and healthy sandwiches and salads. Reem says they are trying out different combinations to see what works, as well as working on a special selection for Ramadan.
Whether it is delightful savoury bites, or an inviting array of sweets, Blissful Temptations is the quintessential bakery for an enjoyable, comfortable and delicious experience. “life isn’t about avoiding risks, it’s about calculations & and going all in with the things you love.. therefore do what you love & never work a day in your life.”
For more information:
10am-7pm Monday-Saturday. Closed on Sunday
Ground Floor, Riyadat Mall, Al Aali
Ground Floor, Al Aali Shopping Complex, Near Bahrain Jewellery Centre
(00973) 1721 7079
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