Sadly, it’s Foodies Inc. Anniversary Edition finale. After going around the GTA reviewing all kinds of Latin Bakeries, we are ending the month of celebration, the month of August, with our last bakery and none other than the mother of all Colombian bakeries in Toronto – Columbus Bakery.
The taste of Colombia in Canada is is this bakery’s modus operandi. All treats, sweets and even savories are 100% authentic. Their assortment of breads from Pan de Queso (cheese bread), Pan de Camaron (bread in the shape of a shrimp) and Pan Aliñado (traditional Colombian bread) are Columbus’ best offerings. With my family, we always come here for the bread, and when we do, we consider it a treat because of two main reasons. One, we drive across the city just to get the bread; and two, it means none of us are dieting at the time, so its green flag for us to indulge in the goodies.
The goodness of the breads, especially as they are made the Aliñado way, comes from the use of corn flour, cassava, white fresh cheese (2 ways) and eggs. Its a very unique way in which Colombians make bread, that make the taste and texture something else.
Another one of my favourites at Columbus is their Pasteles. Colombians speak of flaky pastries or deep fried pastry as “Pasteles”, and pasteles is what we are known for. Columbus’ Pastel de Platano con Bocadillo y Queso (plantain pastry filled with guava spread and cheese) is one ooey-gooey treat.
One bite into this pastry will have you reaching for a napkin to wipe-off all the guava that has just re-melted on your hands as you continue to dig your teeth onto this sweet treat. The cheese, although it could have used a little bit more of it, joins the slumber party as you are half-way through the pastry. This is definitely one of those treats, that on a nice Saturday morning, will start your weekend on a good note.
And so we come to our very sweet anniversary edition finale. Many thanks to the owners of all bakeries that allowed me to take pictures of their food and snoop around their businesses. Bagel Flame, Edgar’s Latin, Pancho’s Bakery and Antojitos, thank you all for keeping our traditions and delicious treats alive.
Specialty:Colombian Baked Goods
Location: 2931 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario
Reviewed: All Breads and Pastel de Platano con Bocadillo y Queso