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CREAM PUFFS ANYONE?

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Missust Jan 20, 2011 06:41 AM

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

Thank you - Missust

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    Wiley1 RE: Missust Jan 20, 2011 07:13 AM

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

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      Missust RE: Wiley1 Jan 20, 2011 07:40 AM

      Thank you very much!

    2. pinstripeprincess RE: Missust Jan 20, 2011 07:24 AM

      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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        Missust RE: pinstripeprincess Jan 20, 2011 07:40 AM

        Sounds yummy - thanks!

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          pinstripeprincess RE: pinstripeprincess Feb 3, 2011 07:16 PM

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

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          childofthestorm RE: Missust Jan 20, 2011 07:25 AM

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

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            Missust RE: childofthestorm Jan 20, 2011 07:40 AM

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

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              sumashi RE: childofthestorm Jan 20, 2011 10:33 AM

              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.

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                merlot143 RE: sumashi Feb 3, 2011 12:45 PM

                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.

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                lyndak RE: childofthestorm Feb 4, 2011 07:05 AM

                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...

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                unshkw RE: Missust Feb 3, 2011 10:56 AM

                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. Full tummy RE: Missust Feb 3, 2011 06:07 PM

                  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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                    petek RE: Full tummy Feb 3, 2011 06:34 PM

                    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

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                      Full tummy RE: petek Feb 3, 2011 07:06 PM

                      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

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                      jlunar RE: Full tummy Feb 3, 2011 08:31 PM

                      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.

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                        Full tummy RE: jlunar Feb 4, 2011 01:12 AM

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

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                        TorontoJo RE: Full tummy Feb 4, 2011 03:38 AM

                        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.

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                          Full tummy RE: TorontoJo Feb 4, 2011 12:31 PM

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

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                            pinstripeprincess RE: TorontoJo Feb 4, 2011 09:21 PM

                            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!

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                              Wahooty RE: TorontoJo Apr 17, 2011 05:48 PM

                              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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                              1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                                TorontoJo RE: Wahooty Apr 17, 2011 06:10 PM

                                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

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                                  Wahooty RE: TorontoJo Apr 17, 2011 07:35 PM

                                  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

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                            merlot143 RE: Missust Apr 17, 2011 04:54 PM

                            Wanted to revive this thread . I just had my first taste of a Greek cream puff called kok or coke. It's cream/custard inside two cake layers, topped with chocolate glaze. It looks like a doughnut. Really enjoyed it. Not terribly sweet, quite light but still desserty. It would go great with a cup of coffee. I got mine at Athena Bakery on the Danforth. Mini-ones go for a buck, a large goes for $1.95. I had a mini.

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                            Athena Bakery
                            598 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

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