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Where's the bread pudding?

Thatcher Dec 6, 2009 02:58 PM

Now that winter is here, I'm searching for a regular bread pudding fix, but to little avail.

I continue to be surprised at how scarce this treat is in Toronto (and other parts of Ontario, for that matter). Across the border it's *everywhere* - they even sell it from food trucks and at backcountry gas stations...

I'd prefer not to be limited to ordering this at the end of a dine-in meal - I like to scratch my itch and go. Acceptable pud is fine. Tasty and properly made is a definite plus!

Any recommendations?

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    shakkar Dec 6, 2009 03:04 PM

    I found some in Kesseler bakery in Richmond Hill,which was not too bad.

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      Whats_For_Dinner Dec 6, 2009 04:42 PM

      I stop by Le Delice in Mississauga all the time to fill my craving; they make great mini ones for sure. Don't recall offhand if they make large sizes on a regular basis but I have no doubt that they'd do it if you gave them a couple days notice.

      Le Delice Pastry Shop
      1150 Lorne Park Rd, Mississauga, ON L5H, CA

      1. Ediblethoughts Dec 6, 2009 04:53 PM

        They serve it at Le Gourmand some of the time---usually not just the plain kind though. It usually has chocolate chips (and banana, I think) in it.

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          Thatcher Dec 6, 2009 05:41 PM

          Chocolate is great. Bananas are a non-starter, however... :(

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            Ediblethoughts Dec 7, 2009 04:47 PM

            I think it might have been banana bread--is that better?

        2. TorontoJo Dec 7, 2009 05:37 AM

          Not sure if this will fill the need for you or not, but the baked french toast at Bonjour Brioche is essentially a very decadent bread pudding. They use their day old croissants and brioche, cut into pieces and soak in cream and eggs overnight before baking the next morning. It's wonderful, rich and decadent.

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            waxingdeep Dec 7, 2009 07:27 AM

            The bakery in the distillery does a very good bread and butter pudding. I recommend it.

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            1. re: waxingdeep
              Thatcher Dec 7, 2009 03:18 PM

              Thanks all for the input.

              I was looking for an excuse to go to the Distillery this weekend and I think you just gave me one...

              Will check it out.

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              abigllama Dec 7, 2009 10:33 PM

              I get the same comfort food craving when it gets cold in the city. Best I've had was at Swan on Queen West. It's a traditional bread pudding with a burbon caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. It's eye roll back good. Rest of the food there is always decent but the bread pudding knocks it out of the ballpark.

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                Thatcher Dec 8, 2009 12:16 PM

                Oh man. That sounds good.

                Dine in or take out?

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                  abigllama Dec 8, 2009 06:00 PM

                  I've only had it dine-in. Don't think Swan does take out.

              2. Paulustrious Dec 7, 2009 11:56 PM

                JAAMOI, What is called bread pudding in North America is called bread-and-butter pudding in the UK, although the UK one tends to a bit richer. The UK bread pudding ... I have no idea what that is called here. It's a much more solid almost cake-like intensely spiced dish. Caused me some confusion at first...

                Bread pudding (not enough spice): http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/breadpudding_1024.shtml

                Bread and butter pudding: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dat...

                The Liverpool (my home town) version of this went by the attractive name of a Wet Nelly.

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                1. re: Paulustrious
                  Thatcher Dec 8, 2009 12:17 PM

                  I love British puddings, if only because I never get them and they are a novelty. Homemade Xmas pudding with rum sauce? I can eat that all day...

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                  Yum2MyTum Dec 8, 2009 12:32 PM

                  Hi Thatcher -- I know you were asking for a takeout pudding but I had to put in a pitch for Nota Bene's two pudding desserts: bread pudding, and sticky toffee pudding. Both are SO scrumptious, super-sweet, buttery and served in huge, lick-able bowls ....

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                    Ediblethoughts Dec 8, 2009 04:56 PM

                    That sticky toffee pudding comment just inspired me to plan a dinner there some time soon....

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                      Yum2MyTum Dec 9, 2009 05:31 AM

                      Oh Ediblethoughts, I could eat that sticky toffee pudding until they actually took it off the menu (i.e., in Nota Bene's case, never. :) ) ...

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                        Ediblethoughts Dec 12, 2009 05:32 PM

                        We went there tonight and not only was the sticky toffee pudding wonderful, the chocolate molten cake was unusually tasty. I also enjoyed everything we ordered---expensive place but it follows through!

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                          Yum2MyTum Dec 14, 2009 05:28 AM

                          Woo hoo Ediblethoughts - I'm so glad you enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding! : ) I think I'll have to revisit for a bowl-licking experience of my own... cheers!

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                    trane Dec 9, 2009 06:58 AM

                    Caplansky's has a chocolate bread pudding that I think is fantastic.

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                      mobirose Dec 12, 2009 06:04 PM

                      I second Caplansky's bread pudding. Delicious!

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                        Yum2MyTum Dec 14, 2009 05:30 AM

                        Hi trane and mobirose: is the bread pudding always offered? I checked out Caplansky's website and there's no mention of desserts... thanks!

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                        toveggiegirl Dec 9, 2009 11:43 PM

                        You must try the pain perdu at Pain Perdu!

                        Pain Perdu
                        736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

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