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Good Bakery in Mississauga-French Corner Bakery

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mangoginger Mar 17, 2010 05:31 PM

I stumbled upon a good French bakery in Mississauga (Dundas just West of Erindale Station Road, south side in the plaza with the Royal Bank where Credit Valley Fruit used to be). It is called French Corner Bakery and Patisserie run and owned by a young couple-chef is European trained. For a short time it was called the Sphinx Bakery. Everything is made on the premise and very fresh. Breads were very tasty as were the danish and spice cake. Pastries and cakes looked delicious. They make soup, salads, and sandwiches for lunch as well which looked really good. I don't think it is well known yet. It is close to where I live and I look forward to trying it again. 1224 Dundas St. West.#114. 905-566-1919.

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  1. Kagemusha RE: mangoginger Mar 18, 2010 07:44 AM

    Thanks. Mississauga's almost bereft of small, quality bakeries that do better than generic, pre-fab pastries and cakes. Looking forward to trying it.

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      mangoginger RE: Kagemusha Mar 27, 2010 11:54 AM

      I agree, that's why I am excited about it. I was there again today. I spoke to the owner. Plan is to expand the number of sit down tables, offer gelato, crepes etc. in the future. Prices seem reasonable.

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      karendavis RE: mangoginger Jul 31, 2010 07:24 AM

      Yes, great bakery and the best chocolate cake and pasteries. Try their orange chocolate bar and brioche. Yum !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      1. Kagemusha RE: mangoginger Oct 27, 2010 10:43 AM

        Tried it today. Very nice fresh baguettes and croissants, probably the best I've had in Mississauga and a welcome break from industrial baked goods. They sell out quickly, so a.m. visits are best. Thanks again for the tip, mangoginger.

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          succeed RE: mangoginger Oct 28, 2010 08:04 AM

          Thank you so much, mangoginger, for posting this recommendation. I took your advice, and gave them a try, and all I can say is that I'm hooked. I go in there at least twice a week now, and I buy a box of pastries each time. I love the freshness, and I love the presentation/design, and the original combinations (like white chocolate/passionfruit, and mango mousse with chocolate). I actually served a big platter of their pastries as the dessert for our big Thanksgiving meal, and everyone was wowed. We also love their fresh loaves of organic multi-grain bread and their mini baguettes. And I've introduced some friends to their muffuletta and Cajun chicken sandwiches for lunch. Yum !

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            urbanegastrojedi RE: mangoginger Jul 12, 2011 01:13 PM

            I have been a fan of the french corner for the last couple of years what a lovely owner. He is one of the few decent french bakers in the GTA. He produces consistently excellent classics; the croissant, danish and baguettes are always done properly.

            I did find another bakery in Mississauga today that BLEW ME AWAY! Its called sweets in the heartland centre a few doors down from california sandwiches. The pastries are IMHO better than thuet and patachou. I know that's a big claim..but this lady knows here stuff. You can find sweets and confections there you cant get anywhere else except Paris, NYC, maybe montreal.
            Just goes to show you can find gastro bliss in the most unlikely places!

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              Kagemusha RE: urbanegastrojedi Jul 12, 2011 05:26 PM

              "You can find sweets and confections there you cant get anywhere else except Paris, NYC, maybe montreal."

              Like what? It's nothing but drab franchises in that area since few indies can afford the rent.

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                mangoginger RE: Kagemusha Jul 12, 2011 07:06 PM

                I think the post meant items at the bakery called SWEETS.....

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                  Kagemusha RE: mangoginger Jul 13, 2011 04:34 AM

                  Understood. I'm still a bit curious about the lack of specfics beyond "sweets and confections." Aren't you?

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                succeed RE: urbanegastrojedi Jul 13, 2011 03:37 PM

                Well, it's like comparing apples and oranges. I went over to Sweets this morning, and found mostly chocolate, candy, and mini-macarons. They also had gelato, crepes, waffles, and smoothies. There were no tarts, no French pastries other than 5 flavors of mousse, and no big assortment of breads like you'd find at French Corner Bakery. There were just a few cakes, and a small assortment of other baked goods (nothing exciting). I bought a cranberry/blueberry scone and a cinnamon bun, but couldn't take more than a bite of either. The raspberry mousse pastry was good though.
                It seems that most of the exciting stuff on their menu is by special order, or for catering. Or maybe I just went on the wrong day.
                Seeing as I'm more a lover of French pastry than confectionery, I won't be going back. And they definitely don't compare to Montreal. But I'm sure Sweets will appeal to some. And their decor was lovely.
                However, this experience makes me appreciate the French Corner Bakery even more. Especially for their larger selection and their reasonable prices.

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                  Kagemusha RE: succeed Jul 13, 2011 05:18 PM

                  Thanks. That whole area just doesn't deliver, foodwise. Sweets is the only one I've not tried--rather glad I didn't bother.

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                    dessertgal RE: succeed Jul 14, 2011 08:48 AM

                    I have noticed the exact same thing as you did, succeed. It was on a Saturday afternoon around 2'ish. Even though it was pretty much empty, the staff wasn't as enthusiastic as they should be when a new customer was spending some minutes looking at the cakes display. The fact that the whole place smell like bleach turned me off instantly.

                    I was very disappointed and I won't be back. I have yet to try the French Corner Bakery.

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                      Kagemusha RE: dessertgal Jul 14, 2011 01:09 PM

                      French Corner Bakery does run out of the more popular baked goods fairly quickly, so don't wait till later in the day if possible.

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                      duckdown RE: succeed Jun 22, 2013 11:17 AM

                      Sweets seems to be out of business now

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                    salman RE: mangoginger Aug 29, 2011 02:08 PM

                    tried this place last weekend, can second that the quality was excellent; I had croissants, a butter tart and a macaroon and all were fresh and delicious.

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                      IMAGourmand RE: salman Dec 1, 2011 01:53 PM

                      My favourite lattes, excellent pastries (wonderful croissants, mmm!) plus nice friendly staff. Good place to sit and have a snack or lunch. Good sandwiches BTW, fresh made, also paninis, etc. We have also tried their cakes, they were excellent. Please don't buy their multi grain bread, I love it and they run out fairly quickly! A special little place, gotta love it!

                    2. Pastryrocks RE: mangoginger Dec 12, 2012 05:24 PM

                      Went into French Corner Bakery & Patisserie today at 1224 Dundas St west, this is such a great place. Lots of good looking French pastries, baguettes, tarts, etc… I’m a big fan of bread, and since I’m not always able to eat wheat, I chose carefully what bread I eat. The baguettes here are the best in Mississauga. Now one could go to Loblaw’s and get a baguette, but the crust is always soft, the texture is not unlike wonder bread. Then of course there are the macaroons that are very good, we ate 4 chocolate macaroons, one of the best! The ganache in-between the macaroons is almost sinful, and then the shells are crispy and quite airy. Since this place is much closer for me than Butter Avenue, and the macaroons are just as good, maybe better, I found a new place for macaroons!

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                        IMAGourmand RE: mangoginger Dec 12, 2012 06:42 PM

                        This may be Mississauga's best kept bakery secret! Really good pastries, nice bread and super cakes. Very friendly staff. Good lattes, too. I see lots of regular customers every time I go in. Very creative, they often try new items. It's a great place to have a latte and a pastry and hang out for a bit.

                        1. Pastryrocks RE: mangoginger Apr 19, 2013 12:10 PM

                          This is our favorite bakery/patisserie, great organic coffee, bread that has a chewy crust, but a nice soft inside with a slight sour flavour, not unlike sourdough bread. If you get there early enough you can get chocolate croissant, but that sometime means before nine am!

                          I made the walnut bread from here into French toast and it was the best French toast ever. I boiled some wild frozen blueberries in maple syrup until they burst and used this. Now the Macarons are really good, and they have chocolate, vanilla and all the rest, but they now are selling guava macarons, which are so good. Not really sweet and the guava filling is flavourful with a little sourness, REALLY outstanding, never seen guava macarons before.

                          I’m a fan of Americano coffee, I have a gold card from Starbucks and drink a long grande Americano, the long just means the coffee is made richer, and almost half a cup before water is added, but as you get down near the bottom of a Starbucks coffee, it becomes bitter, most often the long Americano is undrinkable near the bottom of the cup. Not here, the Americano coffee not only is richer with great crema, it does not become bitter, it remains rich in flavour, and it does not have a slight burnt flavour like Starbucks coffees do. And then it is organic, meaning no chemicals were used to grow this coffee!

                          1. Pastryrocks RE: mangoginger Jun 13, 2013 02:22 PM

                            My daughter is in love with chocolate croissants and chocolate macaroons, who isn’t! So once a week or so my daughter and I go to the French Corner Patisserie and she will eat a chocolate croissant or two and I have an Americano, on the odd occasion we share six chocolate macaroons, you can’t just eat three! Today when we walked in and my daughter began to cry rather loudly, people in the Patisserie were looking at her wondering what is going on, I had to tell them that she was upset because all the chocolate croissants were sold out. Someone behind the counter felt bad for my daughter, so he took a plain croissant cut it open and placed some melted chocolate inside, and then drizzled some over top rather thickly, well my daughter sat there eating her custom made chocolate croissant with a huge chocolaty smile on her face, she was in pâtisserie heaven. A big huge thanks for not only making my daughter happy, but for the wonderful service and attention to care for a customer.

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                              lilaki RE: mangoginger Jun 13, 2013 04:34 PM

                              wow! thanks! can't wait to try it out.

                              1. Pastryrocks RE: mangoginger Oct 11, 2013 03:50 PM

                                Today the French Corner Patisserie had pumpkin brioche for sale and also a sour dough whole wheat pumpkin bread. So the type of person I am I purchased both, pumpkin brioche is for French toast on the weekend, I’ll take a cup of #3 Maple Syrup and a cup of frozen wild blueberries, and cook the mixture so the berries burst and the syrup reduces a little, concentrating the flavours. I’ll dust with some sugar cane and cinnamon made into a light dust in a mortar and pestle.

                                The sour dough whole wheat pumpkin bread does not have a long shelf life with me around! What flavour, nice sourness and then some nuttiness from the whole wheat, rounded out with the pumpkin. And then of course what a firm crust, great flavour in the crust. All I added was some soft butter and was in heaven. This would also work so well for thanksgiving turkey stuffing, maybe some dried blueberries, cranberries, and cherries and some ground pork and unsmoked bacon and the usual suspects for herbs.

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                                  Kagemusha RE: Pastryrocks Oct 11, 2013 06:01 PM

                                  Sounds good. I'm a fan, too. Hope to get down there tomorrow a.m.

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