Bunner’s Bakery Toronto
When you don’t eat dairy or eggs, trying to get a cake or dessert can be a minefield in a normal baker’s or grocery store.
Now, imagine that difficulty, and being intolerant to gluten.
And I know that it’s popular on the internet these days to be scathing of those folk who have gluten intolerances. All sorts of stats are bandied about claiming the majority of people have no problems with gluten. If it wasn’t for two of my friends being severely allergic to gluten, wheat, and yeast, I’d probably not be as sympathetic as I am.
But there are people who struggle with these issues. And for them, getting desserts is just as much of a hassle as it is for people who don’t eat eggs or dairy.
It was like the gods had answered my calls when Bunner’s Bakery arrived in Kensington Market, Toronto. We’d just come back to Toronto after a three month roadtrip across America. I was sauntering around Kensington Market, enjoying the sun, and the odd characters hanging out in Kensington Market, when I came across Bunner’s.
An entire bakery, devoted to vegan and gluten free goods! Who would think? And I can be as scathing of vegan and gluten free baking as people who eat “normal” diets are. A lot of the time it tastes like cardboard and sawdust.
After sampling *many* of Bunner’s goods, I can attest that this stuff is freaking delicious. All of these things that I craved and couldn’t get at a normal baker’s, Bunner’s provides.
Over several visits I tried the butter tart, marble cupcake, salted apple caramel cupcake, date slice, and brownie. For a full list of their breads, baked goods, cakes, cupcakes, savoury goods etc, check out their online menu.
The butter tart was my stand out favourite. So much so, that the next time I was at Bunner’s and some poor innocent bystander asked what they should try, I pounced on her and told her that she absolutely had to try the butter tart and it would change her life.
She probably just thought I was one of the Kensington Market odd-bods, but they really are this good, I promise. I’ve also never tried a “normal” butter tart, so this was a bit of a revelation for me – I could finally understand why Canadians bang on about how delicious this tart is!
The marble cupcake was sweet, and tasty, but a little too bit on the salty side. It’s also extremely pretty. The salted apple caramel cupcake was delicious; the flavour combinations working so well together.
The date slice was my next favourite, after the butter tart. It’s salty and sweet, and crunchy yet crumbly. Like the butter tart, it manages to taste deliciously buttery, without using any butter.
The brownie is also very good. And yes, I’ve tried normal brownies and it pretty much tastes identical, which is always impressive! You wouldn’t know it’s not a “normal” brownie.
Aside from their sweet offerings, Bunner’s also makes savoury items, like the Veggie Pot Pie, Vegan Mac & Cheese, Chickpea Curry, Chilli Cheese and Pizza Pockets. I haven’t tried any of these yet, as I’m not too shabby with normal cooking – I’m just useless with proper sweets baking!
Bunner’s also has a cookbook, which I sorely wish I’d nabbed before we left Toronto for Chiang Mai And they deliver, and cater. They even let you reserve their baked goods, as long as you call with a credit card to reserve them.
Location & Contact Details:
244 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market (1.5 blocks south of College Street on the West Side of Augusta) 7 days a week: 10am to 7pm 647-350-2975 [email protected]
3054 Dundas St. West in the Junction (West of High Park Ave on the North side of the street) Monday-Saturday: 10am to 7pm Sunday: 11am to 5pm 647-352-2975 [email protected]