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CREAM PUFFS ANYONE?

I am looking for a place in Toronto that sells amazing cream puffs.

Thank you - Missust

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  1. Personally haven't tried 'em, but the ones at a J-Town bakery get a lot of praise..

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    1. i quite like the ones at prague deli. they are usually caramel flavoured though and the pastry cream is closer to whipped cream.

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        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          only available fridays and saturdays... disappointing when you want a mid-week snow day treat.

        2. I like Beard Papa as far as chains go, there's one in the Pacific Mall.

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          1. re: childofthestorm

            I have heard of them, but never tried - thanks!

            1. re: childofthestorm

              I also like Beard Papa in PMall, but I haven't tried any of the above recs for a comparison. The Beard Papa ones are pretty big... the filling is really smooth and not crazy sweet.

              1. re: sumashi

                Just had a Beard Papa cream puff, and I quite liked it. It wasn't overly sweet like a lot of them. The pastry was light, flaky and there was lots of tasty filling.

              2. re: childofthestorm

                I tried Beard Papa when I was in Vancouver last. They were delish!

                toronto star has an article about the Pacific Mall location...

                http://www.thestar.com/living/food/ar...

              3. I am not sure what kind of puff you are looking for, but I once tried the swan puff at La Bamboche. I personally don't like cream or puff (I ordered it cuz it's pretty), but it completely amazed me, The cream was fluffy, light, and not over sweet. However, I only saw it in the summer of 2009, and I visited La Bamboche regularly but never saw them again.

                The puff looks like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherin...

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                La Bamboche
                4 Manor Rd E, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                1. My favourite are at Shirini Sara Pastry House. They are delicious and full of fresh REAL whipped cream--which, in my opinion, is what a CREAM puff should be full of, hahaha. I would be suspicious of J-Town and Beard Papa, as I am used to finding fillings made with vegetable oil at Asian stores. Check whether it is an oil-based filler beforehand, if that matters to you.

                  http://www.shirinisara.com/

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                  Shirini Sara
                  1875 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M3B, CA

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                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Wow Full tummy.Those shirini sara pastries look amazing! Can I buy direct from their factory or do I have to go to Pusateri's?

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                    Pusateri's
                    1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                    1. re: petek

                      I have only ever bought directly from them on Leslie Street. In fact, I didn't know they were selling at Pusateri's, too, but, if so, good for them! Delicious baked goods at very reasonable prices.

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                      Pusateri's
                      1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                    2. re: Full tummy

                      At first I thought I didn't know of this place, but apparently, I do.
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/3...

                      But I didn't know they had cream puffs! Must try at some point.

                      1. re: jlunar

                        Yes, definitely do. And let us know your thoughts. I haven't had them in a while, but they are always on my mind!

                      2. re: Full tummy

                        And I, on the other hand, can't stand cream puffs filled with whipped cream because I think they should only ever be filled with pastry CREAM. :o)

                        Sadly, it's hard to find the kind with pastry cream in Toronto (not that I've looked that hard, though, as my artieries don't really need a regular supply). There was a bakery at Eat to the Beat last year that had my perfect cream puffs. Bite size, perfectly smooth custardy pastry cream. I went back to that table at least four times! Now I only wish I could remember which bakery or caterer that was.

                        Beard Papa's aren't bad in terms of flavour, but they are huge and I find the pastry cream just a little on the gritty side.

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          Whipped cream, pastry cream... Hey, it's all cream. Just don't give me none of that vegetable oil stuff!! Hahaha! :-)

                          1. re: TorontoJo

                            i don't know if this might help jog your memory a touch, the list is quite long: http://eattothebeat.ca/chefs.html

                            actually i might be able to dig up a "menu", just tell me if you're that curious.

                            btw, eat to the beat is being moved to mid-month!

                            1. re: TorontoJo

                              Agreed! Pastry cream is one of my most primal vices.

                              My experience at Beard Papa was ok. But it's really more whipped cream (albeit proper dairy products were prominently on display in the fridge) than pastry cream. I don't get the hype. If pastry cream is what you're after, it's not in puff form, but the cream squares at Patisserie La Cigogne are...<drool>...one of the best examples I've had in Toronto.

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                              Cigogne
                              1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                              1. re: Wahooty

                                Ooh, thanks for the tip about La Cigogne. I've had the custard squares at Rahier and like them very much, but I would like a higher filling to pastry ratio.

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                                Rahier
                                1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                Cigogne
                                1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                  Also love Rahier. It has been quite a while, so I can't say which would lie on the right side of the fence for you, but you certainly live close enough for a little experimentation. ;)

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                                  Rahier
                                  1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA