Created with a more mature palate in mind, this pastry features a subtly sweet chestnut purée laced with a hint of rum.
Although Halloween is over, the harvest season is still at its peak. Ripe local apples, root vegetables and squash provide a bounty of autumn deliciousness. As temperatures drop, it’s no surprise that your sweet tooth may change with the season too, and warm, comforting spices, flavours and textures swiftly become appealing. Indulgent, luxurious, but still light and delicate, pastries are the perfect treat for fall. Since Japan has distinct seasons a lot like ours, the Japanese clearly understand the appeal as well. To make this season more cheerful and enjoyable, try yougashi, the Western-style pastry that has become widely popular in Japan.
Yougashi (洋菓子) literally means confectionery that was influenced by Western culture. Opposite to wagashi (和菓子) (Japanese sweets like mochi, for example), yougashi look very much like any regular pastry seen at any patisserie. However, their recipes usually stray away from the traditional in some way, often incorporating Japanese elements together with European ones, and they are noticeably less sweet. But don’t dismiss this as a passing trend—yougashi have been enjoyed in Japan for over a century. Pastries have their own special role in Japanese culture, and as with any other popular culinary tradition, yougashi have trickled down to Toronto, too.
While some are tucked away and others are much more prominent, look around and you’ll discover that Toronto (luckily!) has its fair share of Japanese pastry shops. Each one brings its own unique artistry to these baked goods, with pastries as distinct as each bakery’s culinary vision. Whether you are seeking the perfect buttery tart or the lightest and flakiest danish, be prepared to experience a little something different at these delectable shops. And pumpkin spice lovers, take note: these treats are so good, you’ll never look at your latte the same way again.
Savour the flavours of the season
The art of dessert
mon K patisserie A variety of innovative sweets can be found at this East York spot.
Honey butter elevates this intricately decorated apple tart and is the perfect complement to the naturally sweet flavour of the golden delicious apples.
The perfect snack to accompany your favourite cup of tea, this pumpkin tart is a milder way to enjoy pumpkin flavour and spice.
This elegant tart is a study in contrasting textures and flavours. A smooth and creamy custard is studded with ripe figs and crunchy pecans.
mon K patisserie
1040 Coxwell Ave., Toronto | 416-696-8181
OPEN: Tue–Thu 9 am–4:30 pm • Fri–Sat 9 am–5 pm Sun–Mon closed
Pumpkin is a quintessential fall ingredient
A smooth and creamy kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) mousse blended with rich white chocolate is sandwiched between two slices of slightly crunchy flourless almond sponge cake. $4.95
Pear Walnut Danish
Sweet and crunchy caramelized walnuts are the perfect contrast to the flaky, buttery puff pastry and crisp ripe pears in this danish. $2.50
To keep the Mille-feuille’s pastry crisp and flaky, cream is not added until after the order has been placed. $4.95
This traditional pie has a buttery crust and creamy filling, plus an extra dose of indulgence with its whipped cream topping. $3.50 per piece / $24 whole
Pumpkin Crème Bun
These cute treats are as sweet as they look. Take a bite to reveal a pumpkin filling and enjoy a light snack. $2
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Your standard crème brûlée gets a seasonal upgrade—featuring a sweet and smooth pumpkin custard under the crispy caramelized sugar crust. $4.50
bakerynakamura.com | 3160 Steeles Ave. E., #9, Markham | 905-477-3555
OPEN: Tue–Sat 10 am–7 pm • Sun 11 am–6 pm Mon closed
Uncle Tetsu’s signature soft and pillowy cheesecake gets an extra dose of colour and flavour thanks to their use of two different premium matcha powders. $8.85
These matcha madeleines (available plain or filled with red bean paste) are light and fluffy, similar to an extra-moist cupcake. $2.65 each / $7.95 for four
Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Matcha Cafe
596 Bay St., Toronto OPEN: Daily 10 am–9 pm