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Food with Sarah Elton: February 2013 Archives

Food Column: Elton on Artisanal Bread

At any supermarket in the city these days, you'll find all sorts of bread. There's olive boule, multigrain, baguettes--breads that the signs and the packaging call "artisan bread." We've gone way beyond sliced bread in Toronto. But is this bread really worthy of the artisan label? Is there real artisan bread in our city? Our food columnist Sarah Elton told us the story behind the bread and found out that artisan really means par baked. That is bread that is partially baked in an industrial facility, flash frozen, and then shipped to the supermarket where the baking is finished and the loaf is sold as fresh, artisan bread. Listen audio (runs 6:14)

If you wanted to try the real artisan bread she spoke of, head to Cliffside Hearth at 3047 Kingston Road, not too far from St. Clair. The phone number is 416 261 1010 and it is best to call ahead to find out their hours.

You can also buy the bread at:

Courage Foods in the Upper Beach
Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakeshop near Broadview
The Butcher Shop at Kingston Road and Markham Road


Food Column: Elton on Semla Buns

If you follow Christian traditions, yesterday was shrove Tuesday, the day before a period of fasting begins. This day is also known by some as pancake Tuesday. And on pancake Tuesday, it is the custom in many homes to make pancakes for dinner. But Swedes in this city have been celebrating this time of year with an entirely different food. Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in to tell us about the Semla bun. It's a cardamom scented bun stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream. Listen audio (runs 5:08)

You can find the buns at this store. Just make sure to call ahead to check if they have any in stock.

Beaches Bakeshop and Cafe
900 Kingston Road, Toronto
(416) 686-2391