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May 16, 2007 05:33 PM

Fruit topped sheet cake in Montreal

Many of tthe bakeries in Montreal make a dense sheet cake that they top with berries or fruit before they bake it. One such bakery is on Victoria in Westmont between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve, but I don't remember the name of it. I'm in Pennsylvania, so I can't just stop by to ask. They also sell it at the German butcher shop/deli at Cote-Des-Neiges and Queen Victoria. I'd really appreicate it if someone could tell me what these cakes are called and, better yet, a recipe. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Boucherie Atlantique (CDN and Queen Mary) just calls them X cakes, where "X" is the name of the fruit. The mixed fruit version is tutti-fruiti cake. Last weekend, plum cake ("g√Ęteau aux prunes" in French) was on offer along with two types of strudel. Funny but what with fresh fruit season approaching, I also wondered how they make them.

    Don't have a recipe. You might try googling "crumb cake" with various fruit names. In the meantime, the famous New York Times plum torte recipe (easily googleable) might provide the necessary fix; it's about as rustic albeit somewhat higher in fat.

    1. For the Victoria St one, do you mean La Fournil? They make fruit-studded "blondies" that sort of fit the description... They've got a branch downtown now, too.

      1. Thanks guys. We'll try both approaches and I'll report back. As Carswell said, not much fresh fruit around, but we can do blueberry. Thanks again.