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Dec 6, 2011 12:34 PM

Bakeries - Toronto and area

Any good bakeries to visit .. will have car.

Cakes, tarts, love sweets.

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  1. -San Remo Bakery for the best apple fritters in the city
    -Leah's Bakery for butter tarts
    -Epi Breads for croissants, butter tarts, scrumptious donuts (on the weekend)
    -Thor Espresso Bar for Glory Hole Donuts

    1. And I almost forgot...Flaky Treats for their Almond Snowball Cookies

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      1. re: kwass

        Flaky Treats, or Flaky Tart? :)

      2. Harbord Bakery
        Hansen's Danish Pastry Shop
        Athens Pastries
        Bagel World
        Short & Sweet Cupcakes

        1. As mentioned, San Remo for the Apple Fritters.

          Apricot Tree Cafe in Mississauga for any of their cakes, tarts, tortes, mousses and their muffins: Apricot-Walnut and Raspberry-Dark Chocolate are amazing.

          Select Bakery for the cinnamon rings, baklava and some pastries.

          Bakerbots near Bloor/Ossington for the ice cream sandwiches, cakes, cookies, biscotti and macaroons.

          Sweet! Bakery on Bronte/Lakeshore in Oakville for the cupcakes.

          Cupid's Gourmet Cupcakes in Oakville or Burlington.

          Nova Bakery or Lazar Bakery in Mississauga for the Custard Tarts and pastries.

          Pizza Pide in Toronto for the Turkish Baklava.
          Athen's Pastries as mentioned for their Louakamades, Custard Pie etc.

          Also honourable mention to Dimpflmeier's Bakery in Etobicoke for pastries, breads etc.

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          1. re: pakmode

            I visited the Apricot Tree Cafe today with a friend and will write separately on the pastries, but had to quickly mention the excellent service. In order to taste as much as reasonably possible, my friend and I shared each dish. Without even a special request, the kitchen beautifully and separately split and plated each item for us. They even went to the trouble of making two small (and delicious!) individual crepes for us when we said we'd share one main. Highly recommend the service here and will be going back.

            1. re: FrenchSoda

              Dying to hear about the pastries!!

              1. re: kwass

                I am dying to hear about the cakes. Worth the trip from East Toronto? Sacher Torte, are you calling my name?

                1. re: Full tummy

                  Short answer: yes, it's worth the trip.

                  Their service is over-the-top excellent if they learn you travelled all the way there just for them, and/or were referred to visit them.

                  I should add in the past they've made 'tasting plates' for me to try out a few different desserts at once. Just ask them what's freshest and what they would recommend, and they're more then happy to make you happy lol. It's obviously a few dollars more, but well worth it.

                  1. re: pakmode

                    Thank you! This is now on my list of places to try. I've gone to the sister restaurant, Bistro Narra, and I loved the dessert I got there. They had a sticky toffee variation that was really delicious.

              2. re: FrenchSoda

                Apologies for the delay. This trip we tried the various strudel, including a sour-cherry guanciale (pork jowl) and the apple-pork crepe. I intend to go back another time to try the cakes.

                I still can't say enough about the service and the apple-pork crepe was heavenly, but I'm not sure that the strudel were worth the trip. The pastry is made in house and is shatteringly flaky and light, but the fillings were a bit lacking. The sour-cherry pork jowl tasted mainly of scrambled egg flavoured custard. The apple didn't stand out from any others I've had.

                We did also try a walnut torte with a lovely rich, deep dark nut flavour which I recommend.

                I didn't think to ask at the time, but if they sell their pastry dough for at-home filling and baking, then it would be worth the drive from just about anywhere in Toronto.

            2. You have to try Dolce Bombe Cafe in Woodbridge (7611 Pine Valley Drive, just south of Hwy 7) ... it is absolutely worth the drive! Owned by a wonderful couple who serve warm, fresh bombe calde/bomboloni (a little piece of heaven prepared after you order)! They have a chocolate version of this unique treat, but my fave is the crema.


              Dolce Bombe Cafe
              7611 Pine Valley Dr, Vaughan, ON L4L 5W8, CA

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              1. re: Adventures_in_Food

                OOhhh I must map out the locations, so that when I am nearby and stop by!

                I will be near Hwy 7 so I will definitely go and try it. I'll try to rmmbr to write back after the weekend.

                Oh yeah and addresses would be appreciated.

                1. re: Chocaholic

                  I added links to most of the bakeries and/or shops mentioned in this thread that are currently in the database. "Places Mentioned" should be visible to the right of this thread on your computer screen. A map should be visible near the top, and links including addresses should be below the map. The addresses, phone numbers, any websites and previous threads where that particular bakery or shop was mentioned, should show up if you click on the various links. Sometimes "Places" are automatically detected and added to "Places Mentioned", but usually, one needs to add the link when posting.

                  If a particular bakery is not showing up in "Places Mentioned"
                  , feel free to add the bakery and any relevant information or websites to the datebase, or at least post the address and/or website so someone else can add the info to the database later.

                2. re: Adventures_in_Food

                  I am with you on Dolce Bombe. I always get the small nutella ones. SO GOOD!!!!!!! I usually order a couple dozen and call the day before.

                  1. re: torontobelly

                    This place still open, dolce bombe?

                    1. re: itryalot

                      Yes, I just had some this week! So good.... Nutella are the best, apple not bad.

                      7611 Pine Valley Dr, Woodbridge, ON L4L 0A2