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poppy-seed strudel etc.

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Can anyone suggest places that can satisfy my poppy-seed cravings? I'm looking for authentic poppy-seed strudel made the way Hungarian grandmas used to make it -- real strudel dough, tons of poppy-seed, no filler. I'm making do with the Harbord Bakery poppy-seed ring, which is OK but not the same.
News of any other intense Toronto poppy-seed experience is most welcome.

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  1. try the bakeries on Roncesvalles or Bloor West Village. I doubt that they are the same as Hungarian poppyseed strudel, but you can find poppyseed-based cakes in most Polish bakeries. Go for the flat cake, rather than the round long loaf (the latter often has little poppyseed mixture). Granowska's makes good baked goods although their prices are quite outrageous in comparison to other places on the strip (Roncesvalles). Benna's (also on Ronces, closer to Queen) often has a poppyseed cake laced with raisins, which is pretty good.

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    1. re: kasia

      The one at Prague Deli (Queen St. West of Bathurst) is very good too.

    2. I think I saw some at Tuske on Bloor west of Bathurst

      1. What A Bagel, at Yonge and Wellsley, makes a delicious poppy seed strudel.

        1. When I lived in Poland, I had a drozdrowka-a-day habit.
          I have yet to find a polish poppy-seed danish to compare to the ones in the 'old country'...but the best I can get is at Roncesvalles Bakery....on Roncesvalles of course. Their panchkies and potato latkes are divine as well.

          1. Whenever I am in Yorkville on a Saturday afternoon I go to Cake Master, lower level on Cumberland. They fresh bake more than once daily a melt-in-the-mouth Poppyseed Danish that beats anything I have ever had in Toronto. Mind you I do not know what is regarded as an authentic Polish strudel - but I do love anything with Poppyseeds and these are wonderful.

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            1. re: sandy

              unfortunately CakeMaster closed in early 2007 , so my favorite lunch of lentil soup , meatloaf sandwich with cheese spread on dark rye , a poppyseed danish , and several cups of coffee is no longer available . on the positive side ... Carol's Cheesecake Company has opened a restaurant several doors east of CakeMaster's location , and they have a nice menu and delicious cheesecake . i doubt there are any poppy seed delicacies though