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Coloured Bread in Toronto

Chowhounders,

I'm looking to make fancy rolled sandwiches for a picnic, but do not know of anywhere in Toronto that sells or would do an order for coloured bread. Any ideas, preferably on one that will also cut it Pullman-style for me?

Anywhere in Toronto, though preferably closer to East York or near a subway would be great!

Thanks!

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  1. I am not aware of very vibrant colour breads but if you want something a little more subtle, T&T carries pullman loaves made with sweet potato (orange hue), soy flecked with black sesame (milky white with black dots), egg (golden), sometimes green tea (pale dark green), and whole wheat or multigrain (brown).

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    1. re: ComeUndone

      That sounds very interesting, and an excuse to go to T&T!

    2. Hell, you starting trouble (cue mods)? Colored bread? You mean kimmel, pumpernickel, focaccia, whole wheat, multi-grain, coarse rye, et cetera? Or are you looking for some oh so delicious dyes?

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      1. re: mrbozo

        Unfortunately, I'm looking for dyes, though, preferably natural ones. I've gotten some great tips, I'm sorry if this wasn't clear enough. Rolled sandwiches are usually just done with standard white loaves dyed different colours, ryes, pumpernickel etc are too difficult to work with.

      2. I've seen a red-coloured beet bread at the farmer's market at the Brickworks (saturday mornings).

        1. My mother always made party sandwiches with dyed pink, blue, purple, sliced bread. I believe she just orders it from the bakery at Loblaws. I would try the Supercentre at Don Mills and Eglinton or Sobey's on Broadview.
          If you can get to Open Window at Eglinton and Bathurst, I bet they would do it too (but call ahead of course to check).

          When you say cut it "Pullman-style", I guess you mean vertically, so that you can cut off the edges and roll easily. They will do this for you too.

          1. there are farmers markets that have them. on tuesday, riverdale market in riverdale park, thursday, dufferin grove has a market, and saturday brickworks has a market. check out those places for bread that is coloured with beet juice. some is yellowish because of turmeric i believe. i may have seen an orangey one. they're naturally coloured so you don't get the negatives on your health of food colouring.

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            1. re: pinkskittles

              Sounds perfect. Coloured, no chemical dyes and interesting flavours.

              1. re: sevenblades

                glad i could help. i prefer the brickworks market myself. dufferin and riverdale tied for second. i don't buy the bread, but my 'ranking' is in case you wanted to pick up other things while you were there.

            2. At the Dufferin Grove farmer's market (it's on thursdays starting at noon) there is a woman who sells beet bread. Not only is it fantastic.... it is bright red. Her stall is the one with the giant line up, grab a loaf of the potato loaf while you are there, also fantastic!

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              1. re: bluebetsy

                Thanks so much, that sounds delicious!

              2. When I have needed them I have ordered them from my local supermarket. The bakery department normally needs a 1 day lead in to have them coloured for your needs.

                1. Hello there! So sorry that this answer is 2 years too late, however, I have been having an extremely difficult time finding a bakery who still makes the coloured white sandwich bread that we use to make fancy shower sandwiches with, and I happened upon your posting while searching for such a bakery.

                  After hours of phones calls to many supermarket bakeries, and specialized bakeries, I finally found a METRO store that still does make the dyed white sandwich loaves: Metro at 3221 Eglinton Avenue E., phone 416-261-4204 ... they just need one day's advance order and the colours are "every colour under the sun." I'm so happy to have found a store in Toronto who still does this ...

                  Hoping that this helps someone out ... so sorry that the info is much too late for your picnic.

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                  1. re: showerbread

                    OMG Thank you so much for posting...it's never too late!!! I have been looking for so long. I live 40 minutes north of Barrie so I called METRO in Orillia and they make the coloured bread too. Maybe all METRO stores make them??

                    THANKS so much