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Please tell me what your favouritelocal baked item is and where I can get it. I am going to do a bakery-crawl soon, because this board hads me jonesing for things I have never had (rugelach, come to me, even though I have never eaten you before). Any and all recommendations welcome.

FWIW I tried the Lamingtons at Tourtiere Australienne a few weeks ago and they were delicious.

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  1. Like I mentioned in the thread about rugelach and babka, I love Cheskie's and especially their cinnamon danish.

    The Polish donuts from Wawel (I go to either St Mark downtown or Sherbrooke in NDG) are also a personal favourite.

    1. the pistachio cherry squares at mamie clafoutis are dangerous

      1. - Bun aux pommes at Boulangerie Guillaume
        - Chocolatine aux amandes at De Froment et de Sève
        - Cake Caramel at Mamie Clafoutis
        - Palmier and Turtle Bar at Olive et Gourmando
        - Kouign-amann and the other thing with raspberries at Kouing-Amann

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        Olive et Gourmando
        351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

        Mamie Clafoutis
        1291 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC , CA

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        1. re: Glaff

          Kouing-Amann is closed for vacations for the next couple of weeks (up to aug 8th)

          1. re: Maximilien

            Damn, the Kouing Amman at Koiung Amman was top of my to-scoff list. Thanks for the other recs, though, all have gone on the list. Does Mamie Clafoutis make good clafoutis? Can anyone recommend somewhere for brioche?

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            Mamie Clafoutis
            1291 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC , CA

            1. re: montrealeater

              If you want a brioche bun/danish (as opposed to a loaf) any of the ones at Olive et Gourmando are incredible. Apple-cinnamon, pecan-maple, or the chocolate-chocolate they sometimes have (used to do them only on Fridays, not sure now) - all divine. Expensive, but divine.

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              Olive et Gourmando
              351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

              1. re: montrealeater

                Only tried one clafoutis there and it was pretty bad. The one I had at Kouing-Amann was better. I don't think they do it every day though.

                And to be honest, apart from the excellent bread and the cake caramel, most of the things I tried at Mamie Clafoutis were surprisingly not that great...

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                Mamie Clafoutis
                1291 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC , CA

          2. A few more :

            - Not an original suggestion, but if you've never had it : Brownies at Olive et Gourmando... actually you might want to try everything they do if you've never been.
            - Bichon at Pâtisserie les 3M (like a caramelized lemon chausson)
            - Croissant à l'érable at De Froment et de Sève
            - Everything at Pâtisserie Mahrouse

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            Olive et Gourmando
            351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

            1. My favourites -

              Le petit ecolier at Guillaume
              Blue cheese and walnut ficelle at Mamie Clafoutis
              Pistachio croissant from ArHoma
              Chocolatine from Fous Desserts (currently closed for vacation)

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              Mamie Clafoutis
              1291 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC , CA

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              1. re: unlaced

                Oh, and the olive fougasse from Guillaume. I like ArHoma's too, but it is much more expensive - Guillaume's is only $2.95!

                1. re: unlaced

                  mamie is closed for renovations until next week

                  1. re: celfie

                    Sweet Lees Bakery in St Henri is fantastic with their handmade cookies, cakes and tarts.
                    Try the espresso & hazelnut butter square or praline maple pecan & pear cheesecake, so delicious.
                    Everything is so fresh and the sister and brother team are super nice.
                    They have a shop opening soon but at the moment they sell their products at the local markets;

                    This is the list of locations as per their website;
                    Thursdays at Metro Verdun 2-7pm
                    Fridays Metro Atwater 2-7pm
                    Saturdays Parc St-Paul 9am-3pm
                    Sundays Parc Sir Georges-Etienne Cartier (St Henri) 9am-3pm

                    http://sweetlees.ca

                    1. re: celfie

                      Which one ?

                      1. re: Glaff

                        The one on Van Horne.

                  2. Natos at Samos
                    Cornettos at the Cornetteria

                    1. One of my favourites these days are the oatmeal raisin muffins at Campanelli on Notre Dame w. Topped with coconut mixed with some sort of caramel or sugar, they are unlike any oatmeal raisin muffins I have ever had...their lemon walnut ones are pretty good too, as are their brownies...it's very dangerous to be working close by a place with baking that yummy...

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                      1. re: cherylmtl

                        I'll try their baked goods, from your recommendations. Your opinions on their sandwiches are still the same, from your initial impressions('..sandwiches are just OK, but quite pricey')?

                        1. re: BLM

                          Still the same for the sandwiches, unfortunately. The ingredients are good, but the bread is nothing special - it's sort of a ciabatta style. YMMV. But those baked goods...

                      2. I've tried a lot of these places over that past few weeks. The big winner is Olive et Gourmando - I don't think I've had anything less than delicious from there. The turtle bars with that layer of salted caramel are killer. They also have a sort of blueberry shortcake concoction with fresh whipped cream and honey that was so good I went back for more the next day. :) Also had a chicken/cheese/portobello/red onion sandwich that was the best sammie (ah ha! I said it - only once, tho) I've had in Montreal for 1+ years.

                        Caramel cakes and pistachio croissants from Mamie Clafoutis were great - the pistachio croissants are addictive, we've been back more than 3 times for those alone.

                        Plain donuts from Wawel. Win. I've always preferred totally unadorned (outside and in) donuts and these are so, so good.

                        Lots of places to get to, still (this is the kind of 'work' I like) - next on the list is Cheskies and then the kouign-amann from the place of the same name.

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                        Olive et Gourmando
                        351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

                        Mamie Clafoutis
                        1291 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC , CA

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                        1. re: montrealeater

                          Thanks for the report! And let's keep this thread alive.

                          Did you also try the palmier at Olive ?

                          1. re: Glaff

                            I am 90% sure I did, but I'm just not totally clear on what a palmier *is*. Is it like a croissant with a vanilla paste/filling? If that's it, yes, I had it, and yes, it was delicious. If that wasn't a palmier, then what is it?

                            Will definitely report back in this thread when I try new places...went back to O and G yesterday for more turtle bars (to bring home) and blueberry shortcake. :)

                            1. re: montrealeater

                              Nope, no filling in that. But it's made with pâte feuilletée like a croissant. Here's a picture of their palmier : http://www.flickr.com/photos/89674084...

                              What you had was the croissant aux amandes, no ?

                              My next baked goods sampling will be at Cerise sur le gâteau I think!

                              1. re: Glaff

                                Oooh, youre right, that must have been the almond croissant. I did also have one of those things pictured and it was awesome. Did I also mention the hot panini sandiwches there? DAMN.

                                Cherry cake? At O and G? I ddint see that. Hmmm. Excuse for return trip? Check. I also just ate one of their 'everything' cookies for lunch. :)

                                And thanks for the donut tip Hala - I noticed that they only had a couple left and everything else was filled. I def. prefer plain so will call in advance next time we get a donut craving.

                                EDIT: Wait. You mean Cerise sur le Gateau is a *place*, right? I promise I'm not as idiotic as this thread makes me look.

                                1. re: montrealeater

                                  No problem ;)
                                  It's a new place on Fairmount : http://cerisesurlegateau.ca/category/...

                                  1. re: Glaff

                                    Cerise is promising since the pastry chefs at Kem CoBa nearby like em.

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                                    Kem CoBa
                                    60 Avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2M1, CA

                          2. re: montrealeater

                            I am sure you konw this, but for plain donuts from Wawel, it's better to call in the morning so they can reserve some. They tend to fill most of their donuts.

                            1. re: hala

                              So it's same donuts as the filled ones, except it has no filling?

                              1. re: BLM

                                Yes. Exactly the same donut, no filling.

                                Wawel's filled donuts are actually pretty good, but I LOVE them unfilled.

                                1. re: hala

                                  You know, I'm not a stuffed donut type of guy, but for Wawel pączki I made an exception to try, and they're just so delicious. And I love the real plum filling (Powidl is the name according to wiki, made with no additional sweetener and you can tell).

                                  1. re: poumonsauvage

                                    I stopped in Cerise sur le gateau (on Fairmont near bagel place) as ate lunch in area and just happened to walk by it. They had a tray with samples on table in front so that caught my attention. First of all I have to say this is the tiniest pastry shop I have seen yet, hence choice is more limited. I chose the chocolate eclair as it was topped with strawberries from ile d orleans and it was totally delicious.

                                    1. re: mangoannie

                                      I tried the choco-strawberry eclair as well - loved it! Plain crossant and chocolatine were very good, too.

                                      1. re: stak

                                        I tried the croissants the other day too. It's true that it's not common to have a little sweet glaze over it, but it was actually really good.

                                        Didn't fall in love with the éclair, but I think it's because I've become an éclairs snob since I've tasted Jacques Génin's éclairs. Definitely better than the ones at Première Moisson though.

                                        Also tried the Reine-Élizabeth cupcake. Really good... and it's actually not a cupcake with disgusting icing on top. Just has the shape of it.