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Baked Goods

Bread Stuff Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on February 23, 2013

bread stuff bakery torontoBread Stuff Bakery feels like a rustic country bake shop, despite its location on the ground floor of a busy North York condo. At the corner of Sheppard and Bayview, the boat-shaped condo seems like the last place you'd find homestyle cinnamon rolls, spelt loaves, and wheat-free date squares, and yet, Bread Stuff has been quietly churning them out since September of last year.

bread stuff bakery torontoHootan Mahajeri is the man behind the business, enlisting his friends Mike Murdoch and Michael Smith to help see to his plans to bring a quality bakery to the area. "Hootan lives in the area," says Michael as we chat by the counter. "And he realized that this was something the community was really lacking. There was just no decent bakery in the area."

bread stuff bakery torontoThe plan, initially, was to open a take on a high-end pastry shop. "But we decided this would be more welcoming, more approachable," Michael says. "We don't use commercial starters — only natural yeast — and our focus is on local and organic."

bread stuff bakery torontoThe bakery's spread is a extensive one, and includes a wide range of breads, loaves, sweets, and snacks. The roster on the day I drop by includes fresh baguettes ($3.25), wheat-free spelt loaves ($4.75), jalapeƱo cheese loaves ($6.50), sprouted grain bread ($4.75), dairy- and wheat-free breakfast bars ($3.50), cinnamon buns ($2.25), and plenty of cookies, croissants, scones, and more.

bread stuff bakery torontoBread Stuff also offers coffee from Global Coffee Roasters, though Michael says they have decided to stick simply with drip. "We thought about doing espressos and cappuccinos," he explains, "but that's not really our focus. We really want to keep the attention on the baked goods." Nevertheless, if you do opt for a coffee, Bread Stuff offers its house-made vanilla and "cinnamon heart" syrups as a bit of an extra kick.

bread stuff bakery torontoAs for the baked goods, Michael says the team is continuously venturing into new spelt and wheat-free options, though since there is a risk of cross-contamination, he is reluctant to call any of the options "gluten-free." I decided to go full gluten for my taste test, however, and take up Michael's recommendation of one of Bread Stuff's homestyle cinnamon buns. "Usually I'm not too into to cinnamon buns," he admits, "but I really love these."

bread stuff bakery torontoMade with brioche dough and direct-sourced Ceylon cinnamon, this bun is fluffy without being too light, and offers a great balance of sweetness and spice. I really think the cinnamon, in this case, makes all the difference — certainly much more "country kitchen" than North York congestion. And other than a little sugar clump in the middle, it's perfect. Just look for the giant Bayview cruise shop, and you'll know you're headed in the right direction.

bread stuff bakery torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

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33 Comments

Khristopher / February 23, 2013 at 11:43 am
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6 cinnamon buns for $12.00?!? Ripoff!
Mark / February 23, 2013 at 11:57 am
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A total rip!
cathie / February 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm
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The prices seem fair to me. $2 for an in-store made cinnamon bun is not outrageous. Go to Starbucks and check out their prices of mass-produced, off-site made pastries, which are average at best. Their muffins and croissants are $2.25. This guy's bread prices are in line with other stand alone bakeries. Even Ace bread at Loblaws can be $6 a loaf. I'm trying this place out today.
Robert Clemo / February 23, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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I work right beside this bakery (at the TD Canada Trust) and this place is awesome! I always have one of the freshly brewed coffees every morning and I'm addicted! What this article fails to mention is the background of all three of these guys. They are all graduates from Cordon Bleu and have held reputable jobs. From what I remember, Michael was the head chef of the President's Choice kitchen and was even one of the chefs behind the initial season of Recipe to Riches. These guys are no amateurs and this bakery is going to be a huge success in the coming months, especially during the summer!

For the individuals complaining about the prices, try and find a bakery just like this that only use organic ingredients and can freshly whip a batch of fresh pastries. There prices are fair especially for the amount of work and expensive ingredients used. These guys set out to accomplish their dreams. The amount of experience these individuals have are phenomenal. Usually my mornings start at 7 AM and these guys are already set up for the morning rush, that means getting to work sometimes at 3 or 4 AM!

Support your local chefs! These guys are hardworking and have strived to reach their life long dream. No I am not a spokesperson for them, just a fan of their awesome coffee and baked goods.
Andrew / February 23, 2013 at 01:36 pm
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You dopes complaining about a $12 dozen probably wouldn't have said word one about paying $2 for a single.
david / February 23, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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you idiots complaining about pricing need to grow up. artisan bread and pastries come at a cost. its so sad that people prefer quantity over quality! support the little guys that put passion behind what they do. F@ck big box stores! in the a$$.
Brocaja / February 23, 2013 at 03:04 pm
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If you want to go to a bakery where the items are mass produced and the ingredients are of unknown origin feel free; on the other hand, if you want to walk into a bakery where you are greeted with a smile and the enticing odour of pastries and breads baked fresh daily, then Bread-Stuff is the place for you. The previous poster is right, the chefs are all Cordon Bleu graduates and have a wealth of other experience. The ingredients used are premium and the pastries are we worth the price. You will have to look far and wide before you would ever find another bakery that offers all that Bread-Stuff does...give them a try, you definitely won't be disappointed!
cathie / February 23, 2013 at 07:22 pm
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As planned, I went today. The store is clean, staff was really friendly, everything was beautifully presented. My family inhaled everything I bought: the cinnamon rolls are indeed worth $2 each, they're wonderful. Chocolate croissants were not really a croissant, they were a bit heavy, but were amazing. I also bought a baguette ($3.75), a sourdough loaf, and a fig and something else (I can't remember) loaf for my Mom which she said was amazing. Everything was very high quality and made with obvious care.
Jimmy / February 24, 2013 at 01:10 am
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Those cinnamon buns look under-baked. I could do a better job at one-third the price.

They say they use "only natural yeast". Is there such a thing as unnatural yeast? And please, spare us the crap about, "our focus is on local and organic".
Francesco / February 24, 2013 at 08:10 am
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North York already has an abundance of Italian and Portuguese bakeries that have been established for years , give this place a year and there done
Tony replying to a comment from Francesco / February 24, 2013 at 11:21 am
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Francesco really?? At Bayview and Sheppard? Name one. And do they offer the same type of items. Probably not. Very poor comparison.
Diana / February 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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Best bakery ever! Go here all the time, coffee/muffin deal in the morning is great! All the people blabbing about how it's not that good, and it's too expensive clearly have never had fantastic fresh made bread at a great price, while supporting local business and local economy! Enjoy your over priced ace bakery nonsense. True foodies will love it here!
Jenny / February 24, 2013 at 03:55 pm
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Francesco's right , north York probably has the most bakeries in all of Canada ,
Sara / February 24, 2013 at 05:04 pm
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I agree with Tony. Francesco, where does it say that there are no decent bakeries in all of North York? It's true that the Bayview & Sheppard area was lacking in that department; the closest "decent" bakeries are on Bayview, south of Eglinton. And why would you wish for a small, independent bakery to go out of business???
James / February 24, 2013 at 08:59 pm
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What's a bakery without mortadella and espresso
Guido / February 24, 2013 at 09:02 pm
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You forgot the cannoli's, gelato, and paninos
Steven / February 24, 2013 at 09:06 pm
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I wish Scarbrough had a good Italian bakery,
Robert Clemo replying to a comment from Steven / February 24, 2013 at 09:45 pm
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Steven, check out Francesca's Bakery at McCowan and Sheppard
Robert Clemo / February 24, 2013 at 09:49 pm
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You guys keep saying North York has an abundance of bakery's. Clearly none of you people have BEEN to Bayview & Sheppard. The closest thing to a bakery before Bread Stuff Bakery was a freakin' Pusateri. These guys will survive and do amazing.
Steven / February 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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Clarification: west of suffering bakery on every block (Italians, Portuguese, Spanish) east of dufferin not so many bakeries (Jew , Filipino part of north york
Janice / February 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm
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I think u meant to say dufferin
Andrew replying to a comment from Steven / February 25, 2013 at 02:13 pm
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Scarborough does have great bakeries:

Francesca's @ McCowan and Shepphard

Bon Via Bakery @ Markham and Painted Post

Lamanna's @ Kingston and Port Union
Elliott / February 26, 2013 at 09:50 am
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The quality of their product is second to none. Some of the best baked goods in the city!!! Worth every cent and more. Believe me, you won't find better anywhere.
Ben / February 26, 2013 at 05:25 pm
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As if anyone would go to Bayview and Lawrence. What a sham.
Ben / February 26, 2013 at 05:26 pm
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@Steven: That is so racist. Troll.
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DSK Dental / April 16, 2013 at 09:30 am
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Everyone at our dental office goes here every morning for breakfast. It's nice to always be greeted by friendly people. We order baked goods by the dozen for our staff meetings and send all of our patients over to them. The salmon sandwiches and strattas are amazing! The prices are reasonable for such fresh and delicious food.
Jonathan / June 10, 2013 at 08:27 pm
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This is a wonderful bakery with a charming ambience that stands out from the area around it. My girlfriend and I go regularly -- our favourites include the double-chocolate croissants and the danishes. We've also picked up some terrific bread there, and we're dying to try their foccacia with rosemary and cheese. (As for their sandwiches, they have a terrific chicken sandwich which I seem to recall had basil and avocado and a delicious sun-dried tomato spread.) I think the coffee is quite respectable as well.

I should also mention that the quality is surprisingly consistent -- I've never noticed any drop-off in quality in all the times I've gone.

Definitely worth a try if you're in the area and haven't yet tried it out.
Chris / August 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm
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By far the best spanakopita in the city, in fact the closest thing to Greece. As for the other bread and baked goods, for what they do and the quality and freshness of their products, their prices are cheap. Just go to Starbucks and pusateris and see what a rip off it is for a coffee and mass produced desert. There is no comparison. As for the Italian bakeries, you can't compare apples to tomatoes, these guys don't do Italian deserts but their croissants, cookies, and muffins are by far better then any other Italian bakery I've tried. They aren't cheap when it comes to their ingredients like those bakeries. It's a must try.
Vicquality / December 27, 2013 at 01:01 pm
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A true gem in the city and I encourage everyone to check it out. I am a resident of neighborhood and I have to say that this bakery has been a blessing. Picking up a baguette is one of my day's simple pleasures.
Angela Zaglul / January 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm
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I have enjoyed various delicious pastries, aromatic coffee and home like feeling of Bread-Stuff Bakery.
Whether trying to escape the shining blind light of a summer afternoon or the cold winds of a winter storm you will enjoy the contagious smile, joie de vivre and boundless positive energy as you enter this bakery at the foot hills of Bayview with Sheppard Avenues located in one of the most attractive upper class corners of Toronto's North York.
There is no better customer service in toronto as the personal touch that everyone receives from its owner Hootan Mahajeri only comparable to the warm and personal touch you may still find in some small family restaurants in the Latin Quarter of Paris or at a Tango music playing corner bar of Buenos Aires.
Espresso Lover / January 18, 2014 at 07:58 pm
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They DO serve espressos, cappuccinos and lattes - hooray!!

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