Two Moms Baked Goods
Two Moms Baked Goods leaves no question about its proprietors. Unsurprisingly, the business was created by two moms--Caroline David and Karen Freilich-Miller--who wanted to offer all-natural, "safe" baked treats that kids could bring to school and share with their friends. The "safe" aspect comes from the fact that their kitchen (kitchens, rather) is totally nut-free, eliminating the worry of parents with kids with severe nut allergies. The cookies, cakes, tarts, and squares at Two Moms are also all kosher and baked in baked either its dairy or non-dairy (parve) kitchen.
Caroline, who comes from a culinary background, and Karen, a former interior designer, are not in when I pop by the bakery on Eglinton west of Bathurst, but staffer Jenna Laskin tells me all about its history.
"We've been here since January," she says when I ask her about the pretty pink and white space. "We just outgrew our old place."
That old place was by Bathurst and Lawrence, but it was largely a wholesale operation without room to sit and enjoy a snack. This location offers a hot pink bench with a few tables, stools, and lamps by which to devour one of Two Moms' freshly baked cupcakes ($2.50-$3.75) or blondies or brownies ($1.75-$2.00), which are a couple of customer favourites, according to Jenna.
"I'm not a mom yet," she says, "but the idea was to create a space that's very family focused; a place to grab a treat without worrying about nuts."
"The moms wanted to offer something that kids could take to school."
I know back in my day, a peanut butter sandwich was out of the question, but it seems public school rules have become more stringent about reducing the risk for kids with allergies.
Speaking of which, Two Moms does offer some gluten-free items, but Jenna is wary to recommend them for people with severe celiac. "We just can't be sure about cross-contamination," she says.
Two Moms' counter is full of all sorts of delicious-looking treats, from red velvets to cheesecake bites and cookies of various varieties. I try a lemon square ($1.75) which ends up being quite light and delicious, with a tartness that tells me it's likely a grown-up treat. My second sample is equally satisfying; a cheesecake bite ($1.75) that's creamy and sweet and just the right size to satisfy a craving.
Those who are really keen on Two Moms' treats can learn to bake them themselves in one of the shop's baking classes ($25), which are offered for kids of all ages. The environment is, of course, also nut-free.
Photos by Jesse Milns