Bake Croquembouche Chocolate Glazed Cream Puffs with Dufflet Pastries in Toronto, Canada.
How did you get started?
I started baking from my home kitchen in 1975 for a few local restaurants like Toronto's legendary Cow Cafe. In 1980 I opened a small bakery on Queen Street West which evolved into the cafe that is still there today. To handle the flood of orders from restaurants and hotels across the city I needed to open a production bakery in a much larger facility. 40 years later, Dufflet Pastries proudly supplies over 500 restaurants, cafés, gourmet grocers, hotels and caterers throughout Ontario, Quebec & Eastern Canada with an ever-changing selection of over 100 items - signature cakes, pies, cookies, a line of frozen desserts, a line of certified gluten-free desserts, along with custom wedding and celebration cakes.
Where are you located?
The wholesale bakery (not open to the public) is located in Etobicoke. We have three Dufflet cafes in Toronto; Downtown on Queen West, Uptown on Yonge, and Beach on Queen East.
What are your specialities?
We try to add something new every month to our list of offerings but some items have been customer favourites for years like our Cappucino Dacquoise, our Toffee Apple Cheesecake and our Chocolate Truffle Cake.
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
That changes every month, ha! We're constantly adding and deleting recipes to keep our line-up interesting. I guess right now my fav item is the Top Banana Cake which has moist banana cake with toffee cream cheese icing, a layer cake that we brought out in May.
What's on the stereo?
I listen to a wide range of music; Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Drake, Regina Spektor, KD Laing, Call Me Poupon. I have "go-to" compilations by Elvis Costello, Neil Young, and The Beatles that are great for road trips!
Where else should we visit in your area?
All three of our cafes are in such different neighborhoods but I always recommend Chinatown and Kensington Market along Spadina as must-visit parts of town to newcomers.
Do you host any special events?
We run an annual Tour De Dufflet cycling event during Bike Month (June). Registrants are invited to cycle to all 3 Dufflet locations in one day to sample our sweets and their $5 registration fee is donated to support Cycle Toronto.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
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