The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2012
The best new bakeries in Toronto in 2012 brought terrible new temptations to those still clinging to the forlorn Atkins diet. Sorry. 2011's reign of the cupcake was replaced by a newfound appreciation for the heavily decorated doughnut, along with persistent dedication to the classic croissant and cookie. The year 2012 saw traditional French, country homestyle, and the odd vegan take on baking, with a couple of unusual options (or names) that seduce a second glance.
Here is the list of the best new bakeries in Toronto in 2012.
Tori’s Bakeshop arrived in the Beaches early in the year, and went on to prove that vegan baking can survive (and thrive!) on taste alone. Leaving the dogma and obtrusive signage aside, Tori let its cupcakes, cinnamon buns, and scones speak for themselves. And speak they did. Rumor has it the area is still enveloped in a (refined-sugar-free) doughnut coma, though luckily there are soymilk lattes to snap you out of it.
Did it really take this long for a bakery in Toronto to think up a “Streetcar” sandwich? In any case, Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery brought a whole lot more than clever nomenclature to East Chinatown with its summertime opening, offering a homestyle spread of classic butter tarts, cookies, cakes, and other sweets. “Wee cakes” reign supreme on the indulgent end, while freshly baked scones have come to dominate weekends.
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