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Brazil Bakery and Pastry

Posted by Vanessa / Posted on November 14, 2007

Brazil Bakery and PastryFar along Dundas Street West, past the quaintness of Little Portugal and beyond the gentrification creeping out from West Queen West, there appears to be a dearth of good eating. The darkened windows of small store fronts and family homes line the streetscape but making the trek all the way to Dufferin will reward you with the enticing glassy facade of the Brazil Bakery and Pastry Limited.

BrazilBrazilian cuisine culls its influences from a variety of cultures but the most prominent one you'll find here is Portuguese. Tall wire racks display fresh corn breads, loaves and crusty buns. On the wooden shelving sits bags of beautifully browned Portuguese style brioche from a bakery just down the street. Although they do make their own sweet bread (gigantic and stacked in baking tins around the counter), the other bakery's version has a pronounced sweetness that's perfect for weekend brunches of croque madames at home.

A glassy display beside the counter reveals some tantalizing baked goods and a few delicious pastel de natas. Most may recognize these custard cream tarts from Chinese bakeries but their origin is purely Portuguese with a sugary sweet edge. This particular rendition lets up on the sugar a bit and the crust is crunchy without any lardiness, my favourite in the city. Catching a fresh batch of their malasadas dois will give you the perfect morning coffee treat. These Portuguese doughnuts are large, spongy, lemony and covered in sugar.

Brazil Bakery and PastrySome savouries can be had in the form of various croquettes or stuffed and fried buns. They're all rather greasy but packed full of filling and must be heated up before eating. If you're not quite patient enough to dig into your baked goods at home, you can take a seat in the cafe sharing the same space and snack right then and there while watching the Dundas Street traffic go by.

Brazil Bakery and Pastry

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22 Comments

Debbie Ohi / November 15, 2007 at 01:35 pm
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Oh lord, those malasadas dois sound wonderful.
vanessa / November 15, 2007 at 03:04 pm
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the trick is catching them fresh! a day or so old they'll still be ok but the texture gets a little stale. great for breakfast but they're so big it's like eating two regular doughnuts.
lister / November 15, 2007 at 04:34 pm
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How much are the malasadas dois?
vanessa / November 15, 2007 at 04:44 pm
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89 cents! the brioches that i adore are between $3-4 and it's dependent on the size as they're sold in loaf form. i know you didn't ask, but these are by far my favourite brioche of the city.
lister / November 15, 2007 at 06:01 pm
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Cool thanks! I've wanted to visit the place since you raved about the malasadas dois on chowhound (I think) but haven't had the time to go for a visit and have been wondering how much they cost.

I'd like to pick them up for a company snack sometime. Since joining the event committee I've been slowly trying to increase the quality of the company paid snacks, lunches, etc.
Nina / May 23, 2008 at 02:04 am
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I looooove custard tarts, there aren't many bakeries around that have a proper custard oven, a lot of bakeries just buy their custard tarts from the ones that have the proper tools, so it's hard to find them fresh. I've been going to Nova Bakery on Cawthra and Burnhamthorpe in Mississauga for my custard tart and cod cake fix, but I'll have to try this place now.
Hint hint: the custard tarts that are darker on top are sweeter (burned suger = yummy!)


Melanie DaSilva / June 1, 2008 at 06:10 pm
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Thank you for the blog, and comments guys, my name is melanie and i'm one of the boss' daughters. We have two other locations if this will interest you. 5700 mavis road. In Mississauga and 2905Eglinton in Erin Mills
thanks for all the good responses =)
veronica / December 19, 2008 at 06:30 pm
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i work there :D
Sabrina / April 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm
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Hi. It is called Brazil Bakery but pastel de natas is tradionally Portuguese and everything else on the pictures looks portuguese as well. Do they have actual Brazilian bakery treats such as coxinhas, enroladinho de queijo, pao de queijo, brigadeiro, quibe etc?
lidia / October 8, 2009 at 03:10 pm
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the pasteries are good, but don't order cakes here, its a rip off...i ordered a cake at the bakery(paid $50.00) and explained to the owner i wanted some letters around the cake(ABC & 123)for my sons 1st birthday. he said it would be toooo much trouble because the baker had to crouch down and write it...WTF??? i told him he wanted the cake and my money tooo!!!! so i asked for my money back and went to NOVA ERA and got the same cake for cheaper and nicer!!!!!
Leonardo Fernandes / November 26, 2009 at 06:22 pm
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I am in the process of opening a Brazilian Rerstaurant and I am having some difficulties finding individuals who is well versed in cooking Brazilian meats and other foods.
Does anyone out tyhere know of anyone who fits my needs for a FT position or available to train another chep
Appreciate your response.

Abrigado!
C / June 4, 2010 at 06:45 pm
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Does this bakery sell pao de queijo, or does anyone know where I can order them in a fairly large quantity? (About 50)
C / June 4, 2010 at 06:45 pm
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Does this bakery sell pao de queijo, or does anyone know where I can order them in a fairly large quantity? (About 50)
C / June 4, 2010 at 06:45 pm
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Does this bakery sell pao de queijo, or does anyone know where I can order them in a fairly large quantity? (About 50)
Ecossaise / June 24, 2010 at 08:16 pm
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I've not found any bakery that sells pao de queijo in Toronto, but Pavao on Dundas at Gladstone sells an incredibly easy and delicious pao de queijo mix - $2 - and each box makes about ten small buns. It takes a couple of minutes to make them up and 20-30 to bake.
Bea / July 14, 2010 at 08:24 pm
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Ola C,

A gente mora longe uma da outra, eu estou en Regina=SK, eu faco e vendo Pao de Queijo caseiro aqui na cidade, eu congelo os paes de queijo e o pessoal compra e os assa em casa, se voce se interesar me manda um alo...Bea
Helen / October 26, 2010 at 05:27 pm
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I waited way to long to pay for my bread. One person working the coffee counter and one person working the deli/cash area. Both of them were handling food and money (sometimes at the same time). People just want to pay for the bread and go. They don't want to wait for someone's huge order of sliced meat and cheese. Poorly managed!
Marlowe3000 / August 1, 2011 at 07:55 am
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The shrimp and cod fritters here are AMAZING!
Fernando / December 12, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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The name «Padeiria e Pasteleiria BRASIL» can be translated as Bakery and Pastry Brasil. The word «Brasil» refers to the name of the establishment not the type of product it bakes/sells.
Regardless of its name this particular bakery bakes and sales Portuguese style products.
Tanya / January 21, 2013 at 10:15 am
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I don't know the proper names of anything here but I've visited three times now and everything I've had was been amazing. The donuts are HUGE and delicious and cheap! Don't bother with the $3 fancy donuts that are taking over the city...go here and get the best donut you've ever eaten for a dollar.
Gabe / March 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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Fresh Buns. Sausage Buns. Beef Patties too... Deli Cold Cuts, Buns, Cheese, Mustard, Tomato.
neuza / July 23, 2013 at 08:27 pm
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disgusting place thats for sure

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