Leah's bakery is black, white and sweet all over. Opened for just 9 weeks, it's a quaint space with lots of bright light and charm. With limited seating and no WiFi, it's more of an in-and-out kind of place. Little touches such as hand written place cards, and a large framed photo of Julia Child are inviting.
Owner Leah Kalish is famous for her biscotti. They are sold all across the city including Pusateri's. Needless to say, I had to try one. I chose the chocolate almond biscotti ($1.25) to see what all the fuss was about. I wasn't disappointed. It was the perfect mix of soft and crunchy, insomuch that I didn't need to dip it in my cappuccino ($3.00) but I did anyway. All coffee such as a latte ($3.00) or espresso ($1.75) comes in recyclable paper cups and there is no extra charge for special milk.
Cory tried the peanut butter chocolate rice crispy squares ($1.25) and he raved. Lastly, we split a carrot pecan muffin ($2.25) with a dollop of cream cheese icing that was both nutty and creamy. There are also many gluten-free options and the biscotti are lactose free. Beyond desserts, Leah's offers savory snacks such as chicken and vegetable samosas ($1.75) and hand cut fresh chips ($6.50).
Popular customer favourites include Dulce de Leche cheesecake ($5.00) and orange muffins ($2.25). Unique desserts offered range from lollipop sugar cookies ($1.25) to Bake Your Own Molten Lava Cakes ($4.50).
Leah has been catering and wholesaling for 20 years. All desserts are baked in-house and she offers catering for pastry, wedding cakes, holiday baking and parve baking. Leah is bubbly with bunches of curly hair and a boisterous personality. She explains how people have been sending their gratitude to her for bringing this little bakery to the St. Clair street corner.
The response has been nothing short of amazing, she says. I know the next time my cappuccino is lonely; I may have to scour the city for Leah's biscotti. Next on my list: lemon poppy seed.
Photos by Cory Vanderploeg