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Brooklyn Brackets: Baked vs. Brooklyn Kolache for Best Dessert Spot

By Serena Dai | March 27, 2015 7:39am
 It's Brooklyn Kolache Co. versus Baked in the final round of Brooklyn Brackets' dessert category.
It's Brooklyn Kolache Co. versus Baked in the final round of Brooklyn Brackets' dessert category.
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BROOKLYN — It's the final showdown of the sweets.

Nearly 2,500 votes were cast in last week's final four round to determine the best dessert spot in DNAinfo New York's Brooklyn Brackets, sending Red Hook's Baked and Bed-Stuy's Brooklyn Kolache Co. to the championship round.

Baked — known for its brownies and whoopie pies — took out another nationally known spot, One Girl Cookies, with 58 percent more votes.

But Bed-Stuy locals trumped both of them in votes, casting more than 2,000 of the total votes in last week's round.

Nearly 1,100 votes were cast for Brooklyn Kolache's filled pastries, beating Parisian bakery Le Paris Dakar by a 103 votes and sending it to the championships.

So who will win the title of best dessert in the borough? Vote now.

Brooklyn Brackets Dessert Spot Championship Round

BAKED — 359 Van Brunt St. Red Hook's Baked is one of the neighborhood's go-to dessert shops, with brownies, whoopie pies and decadent layered and bundt cakes. The bakery has since expanded to TriBeCa, and owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito have launched their own cookbooks, granola and baking mixes. The Van Brunt Street space is also a great place to kick back with a cup of coffee and something sweet.

BROOKLYN KOLACHE — 520 Dekalb Ave. Get your fix of Texas-style Czech pastries at Brooklyn Kolache Co., which serves treats with house-made sweet fillings like strawberry, sweet cheese, apricot, and peanut butter and jelly. The Bed-Stuy bakery and coffee shop also offers savory kolaches, cinnamon rolls and vegan and gluten-free energy cookies.

Reporting by Serena Dai, Janet Upadhye, Camille Bautista, Nikhita Venugopal, Rachel Holliday Smith, Leslie Albrecht. Graphic by Nigel Chiwaya.