7th Sister Bakery
The 7th Sister Bakery, a sugar oasis, has emerged amongst the asphalt labyrinth of Roncesvalles, marked with a yellow striped awning. Since it's recent opening on Labour Day weekend, the bakery has packed its small but mighty store with an abundance of delectable bake sale style treats.
Owner Elisabeth Lang, a long-time resident of the Roncesvalles/High Park neighbourhood, spent the last seven years as an employee of Chapters/Indigo - engaging her passion for baked goods by selling them at the local video store, The Film Buff, and at various bake sales.
I walked in with my colleagues - who I had successfully convinced to take a post-lunch break to come indulge (a hard sell) - and stepped into this small bakery filled (almost literally) floor to ceiling with baked goods. Best known for her Nova Scotia Oatcakes ($1.50) - delicious bars of oats, bran, and cinnamon - 7th Sister Bakery offers some unusual treats including Bacon and Gruyere Muffins ($1.70) and Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Icing ($2.75). They also sell a variety of lunch options, including Montreal-style bagels (complete with St. Urbain Bagel Cream Cheese) and a selection of delectable looking sandwiches.
As we sit down to sample our sweet treats, a flurry of what seems like regular customers are coming through the doors, chatting with Elisabeth, and getting "the usual".
We endeavor to try three of her staples. The Nova Scotia Oatcake, the Triple Chocolate Pecan Brownie ($1.75), and the Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter ($1.70) After a few bites, we quickly realize that what we have is the dessert equivalent of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Oatcake, dense, and packed with cinnamon accompanies a morning coffee; the Banana Muffin, moist, fluffy, and perfectly filled with chocolate and peanut butter is the 3 pm snack; finally, the dense, luxurious Triple Chocolate Pecan Brownie is a post-dinner indulgence - chewy and rich.
One of the most fascinating parts of the whole bakery is that Elisabeth bakes everything - with the exception of the danishes and bagels, which are supplied by the previous owner - in a modest countertop convection oven.
Writing by Zahra Ebrahim. Photos by Dennis Marciniak