Andrea’s Gerrard St. Bakery
635 Gerrard St E
Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2
Sitting pretty amidst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown East, Andrea’s Gerrard St. Bakery is a welcome reprieve from the street-side chaos. Owner Andrea Mut, who opened her shop last week, offers up a selection of fresh baked treats, sandwiches and coffee for the person dashing around town.
After growing up around three family-owned restaurants, Mut hopped off to George Brown College for some additional culinary confidence. Becoming particularly enamored with the pastry side of things, she cut her teeth at the likes of Edward Levesque’s Kitchen, Circles and Squares Bakery and Café Belong, where her chèvre cheesecakes were the stuff of legend. At the start of this year, Mut decided to branch out on her own; things quickly fell into place and, lo and behold, her Gerrard St. Bakery was born.
Outfitted in a baby blue paint job and finished with a sumptuous chandelier, the space has seats for six, though folks are mostly getting the goods to go. The star attraction is the aforementioned cheesecake ($6), flavoured with chèvre from Montforte Dairy — which gives a bit of a kick while preventing overt sweetness — and topped with the likes of wild blueberry or lemon.
Other baked treats have a bit of retro flair. Mom’s recipe for carrot cake ($7) sits alongside grandma’s butter tarts ($3), though the corn syrup from that recipe has been replaced with maple syrup. Savory sandwiches ($6) come with a roster of fillings — including curried veg and goat cheese — which are baked into the dough, making the sandwiches mess-free for that TTC trek.
With two growing boys at home, Mut has a lot on her platter. The kids however, “definitely like to do taste testing!”
Published on: Aug 1, 2012