While it might be a while before she can make her dream of opening a full-fledged bakery a reality, Eman Abdulmuaty is already busy making and selling Mediterranean treats such as baklava and basbousa from her Rochester home.
She launched Seto - Homemade Baked Goods in early December. Customers can order her home-baked goods through the Seto website for home delivery.
While her baklava is very popular and is sometimes described as the best in town, she offers a wide array of items, including apple pie, blueberry lemon cake, kunafa, Mediterranean-style cookies and more.
Abdulmuaty explained that her goal is to eventually open her own small bakery and coffee shop, but the pandemic has made it difficult to find a location.
However, she couldn’t wait for 2021 and the eventual fading of the pandemic, so she started introducing Rochester directly to her flaky creations via her website.
“Baking is my passion,” said Adulmuaty. “I love to watch people taste my food ... My friends always tell me that I should open my own restaurant.”
Originally from Egypt, she moved to Rochester to be near her children.
The name “Seto” refers to the grandmother matriarch of any family. It was chosen as a tribute to Abdulmuaty’s mother, who taught her to cook and passed on her love of baking.