Burlington Dessert Crawl

Burlington Dessert Crawl

WINTER IS COMING. And that being said, so are the Holidays! I feel like everyone can agree on this, one of the main things you do around the Holiday season is eat sweets. Am I right?

In Hamilton, we’re pretty blessed with a fair amount of bakeries and dessert shops in the city. A couple weekends ago, I tried to expand my horizons to include some places in Burlington…and went on a Burlington Dessert Crawl (with my Mom!).

I did it all in one day, so I only managed to visit 4 of the plethora of awesome dessert shops. Here are the ones I visited, and what I thought:

Sunshine Doughnuts

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This little beauty of a shop is tucked into the side of a plaza, somewhat hard to find unless you come up from the back. No seating inside, just a pick up counter with a counter for donuts and a counter for take-out espresso!

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They have quite a following online, which got some traction because they’re the owners of Son of a Peach Pizzeria. I’ve been creeping them online for a while so I was very excited to get out and try their donuts! Sunshine’s popularity was very evident as soon as we got there, because there was quite a line-up (right out the door!) and only one donut style left…Hibiscus. Normally not the flavour we would hover towards, but we ended up getting it alongside a Pilot Coffee latte, and we were both really impressed with it. It was sweet and yummy without being overwhelming or overloaded with sweetness. I’d recommend it!

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(Also, for all you instagrammers, they have the perfect wall to take pictures against ;). )

Website: http://www.sunshinedoughnuts.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunshineDoughnuts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hey___sunshine

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunshinedoughnuts/

Mollycake

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Soo…I didn’t exactly pace myself on this Bakery Crawl (lesson learned for next time), and I ended up getting almost all of Mollycake’s goodies and filling up on them half way through the tour. Oops! It was totally worth it though, because Mollycake has a bunch of different options to choose from, and now I know what I’d get again next time! My personal favourite: Lemon Tart. I could eat like 70 of these. I won’t, because that probably wouldn’t be good for my waistline – but I want to.

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I also tried their Chocolate Chunk Cookies, which were soft, chewy and the perfect sweetness. If you’re craving a Classic Chocolate Cookie – this is going to be your go to.

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The main draw to Mollycake – Christine’s beautiful cakes! She decorates them beautifully, if you’re throwing a party and need a fancy cake – here’s the place for you. (She also has a pie day for those who are more inclined to pie.)

Website: http://mollycakeonline.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollycakeyummy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mollycakeonline

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollycake/

Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Recently opened Nothing Bundt Cakes has had nothing bundt praise from everyone I’ve talked to about it. They’re a business from the States, but just opened their first Canadian location in Burlington! (Pretty neat they chose right here to open.)

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They specialize in soft, sweet bundt cakes in different sizes. My personal fave are the bundtlet options, because you get to choose a few different flavours and then share them with everyone…or…not. 😉

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When I was there, I tried the Pumpkin Spice Bundt because I’m bordering on basic and LOVE everything Pumpkin Spice. At other occasions I also tried a Raspberry and a Lemon. Honestly, they were all amazing and so soft, like they’re filled with icing. If you love sweets, you’ll love Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Website: http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nothingbundtcakes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nothingbundt

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nothingbundt/

Christy Gourmet Gifts

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So I might be a little biased on this one, because I used to work at Christy’s! But no matter how many years I worked there, I will literally never tire of their main product, Christy’s Crunch. (Which is saying something considering I smelled and tasted it it day in and day out!) Affectionately known to many people as “crack”, this goodie is a toffee base, biscuit, topped with high quality chocolate (Milk, Dark or White with cranberries) and almonds. They break it up into yummy bite sized pieces and then you enjoy an entire bag to yourself….I mean…. <3

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They also do large chocolate figurines filled with the delicious stuff, if you’re looking for any Holiday centerpieces!

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Their shop is little, but mighty, and so adorably decorated by Christy herself. You can shop online, but I would really recommend visiting them in person.

Website: www.christysgourmetgifts.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChristysGourmetGifts

Twitter: twitter.com/christyssweets

Instagram: www.instagram.com/christyssweets

What are some of your favourite bakeries in Burlington, Hamilton, or the GTA? Share them in the comments below!

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Food and Beer Pairing: Part I

Beer and Food pairing isn’t a new concept, those in the know have been talking about it for years. But now, it’s more widespread. People are realizing the nuances of each brew, and noticing that perhaps maybe there are bevvies that go better with particular dishes.  I’m by no means a beer expert – I rely on the Hoppily Ever After blog for that! But being a foodie, I’m always interested in hearing more about flavour pairings and how I can make my food taste even better.  Recently, I’ve done a lot of foray-ing into the Food and Beer Pairing scene (with Jessica and Josh, the Hoppily crew), and I’ve been really impressed so far. It started out with the Brewer’s Plate event in Toronto, and then led to a whole beer and food pairing meal with. 

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Brewer’s Plate was quite the party. The event: A rock music theme (wear your favourite band shirt) and many booths with a Craft Beer sample to choose from and a food mini sample to pair with it. Plus it was all for charity!

(More details about the event HERE)

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Back to the pairing dinner.

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I have an obsession with cookbooks. There, I said it. At the moment, I’ve got over 75 cookbooks, but my weapon of choice is vintage cookbooks, to be specific. There’s something about the worn pages with unidentifiable food stains from years past, somewhat weird ingredients to the modern folk (like lard) but always overall simple recipes, that just warms my heart. Lately, I’ve been particularly attached to one certain series – The Time Life Foods of the World series. Since Jessica and I both have a German background, we decided that “The Cooking of Germany” recipe book would be perfect for our first pairing meal.

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We chose to make two dishes from the cookbook and purchase one dessert. Here’s what we made and paired:

French-Bean Salad (Click HERE for the RECIPE) with Black Oak’s Beat the Heat
Read more about the pairing at Hoppily Ever After 

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Pork Chops with Knackwurst and Potatoes (Click HERE for the RECIPE) with Old Tomorrow’s Track 85
Read more about the pairing at Hoppily Ever After 

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PURCHASED Apple Strudel from Denningers with Refined Fool’s My Cousin Knows the Drummer
Read more about the pairing at Hoppily Ever After

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Interested in learning more about pairing food and beer? We’ll be doing more of these series within the coming months PLUS are planning two special events for October’s NOSH Week – one being a Food and Beer Pairing Tour in the city of Hamilton! More details and ticket info coming soon.

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RECIPE: Bohnensalat

This recipe was a part of our Food and Beer Pairing meal, which you can read more about HERE. The basis of it was taken from vintage cookbook: Time Life Foods of the World – The Cooking of Germany. Certain things have been simplified, or edited to make it more “modern friendly”.

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Enjoy!

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Bohnensalat
(French-Bean Salad)
Serves 4

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1 to 1 ½ tablespoons red- or white-wine vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
1 lb. fresh French beans
1 sprig fresh summer savory, or ¼ tsp dried summer savory

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1. In a small bowl, vigorously beat together (with a whisk) the vinegar, oil, 1 tsp of salt and a few grindings of the pepper. Blend thoroughly.
2. Mix in the dill and parsley.
3. Set a cover on the bowl and set aside the mixture.
4. Cut the ends of the beans and cut them into 2 inch lengths.
5. In a medium-sized saucepan half filled with water, add the rest of the salt, savory and bring to a boil over high heat then drop the beans in by the handful.
6. Bring the water back to the boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and boil the beans (uncovered) for 10 to 11 minutes, until tender but still slightly firm. Do not overcook them.
7. Drain the beans through a colander and for a few seconds, run cold water over them to stop cooking.
8. Spread thee beans on paper towel and pat them dry.
9. Place the beans in a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing over top.
10. Stir the beans until they are all coated thoroughly. Taste for seasoning and chill for 1 hour before serving.

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