From my Top 5 Latin American bakeries, Bagel Flame gets number one spot in my heart.
How Bagel Flame made me reminiscence this part of my life, was as a result of the lovely couple who own this bakery. Owners Saul Schimjawicz and Adriana de Francisco speak of baking as one’s transformation of energy via the making of delicious baked goods. This eloquent couple will lure you into their store with wide-open smiles and their unique offering of gluten-free and organic products that you will not find in any other Latin bakery. Both Canadian and Latin crowds cannot get enough of their Pandebono, made with fresh white cheese, corn flour and tapioca flour, Pan de Yucca (cassava bread) and just about any kind of “Pan” you can think of.
Not only have they mastered the unique and yet complex way of making a pandebono, but they have also hit high marks with their empanadas. In re-creating this delicious deep-fried corn patties stuffed with meat and potato, owner Adriana decided to create her own version of guacamole as dipping sauce, to please all crowds. And if I may add, this by far is the best “gauc” I have had in the Greater Toronto Area…I guess Bagel Flame’s guac has officially kicked to the curve my little old-time favourite guacamole from El Trompo in Kensington market.
Now on to the sweet treats, with a huge popularity in the Latin world, and many countries making their own version of it, I present to you – Alfajores.
Alfajores are simple cookie-type goodies made of corn starch, filled with Dulce de Leche (caramel) in the centre and dusted off with powder sugar. When you eat an Alfajor, whether Colombian, Argentinian or Chilean, you know you are in for a messy treat. The dusty sugar will soon be all over your face, hair (if you are not careful) and hands. I recommend you eat these just like that – getting messy. Alfajores bring me once again back to my childhood memories, when decisions had to be made between eating these ooey-gooey treats or spending some time cleaning afterwards, the former would always somehow win.
With the smell of baked goods on me, I leave Bagel Flame with a big smile on my face and the promise to both Saul and Adriana to come back. Moreover, I leave with a lot more than I came in with, this consisted of: more baked goods on hand to take home (I just had to), new great people I’ve met, tons of stories shared and the realization that one’s childhood lives forever within one’s heart. So thank you Bagel Flame for making my experience at your bakery one to remember.
Until our next Latin Bakery Foodies!
Specialty:Colombian and Canadian baked goods