Exotic Pastries and Treats For Any Occasion

Many people turn to professional bakers for celebratory cakes, but the Dessert Lady also offers various other goodies too to foodies and pastry fans in the greater Toronto area

FRENCH MACAROONS

This is a special type of small circular cake made typically from ground almonds, coconut, and/or nuts—sometimes potato—as well as sugar, egg whites, and, on occasion, honey, vanilla, or other spices. They may also have glace or cherries or another coating or topping too.

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

This is a type of chocolate-based confection made traditionally with a chocolate ganache center—a type of chocolate cream filling—coated in chocolate as well as cocoa powder or chopped nuts (commonly almonds or hazelnuts) or coconut.  They are generally round—spherical—in shape, or might be conical or curved.  The name “truffle” derives from the traditional shape, which resembles the edible part of the tuber fungus

PIES & TARTS

Pie is a baked dish typically consisting of a pastry dough casing wrapped around sweet or savory fillings.  In terms of desserts, of course, these tend to be sweeter—consisting of fruit or preserves.

A tart is a baked pastry similar to a pie. The main difference really is that in a pie, the pastry crust is wrapped around the base and over the top and in a tart the pastry crust does not wrap around the top; the fruit component remains exposed.

COOKIES & SHORTBREAD

Cookies, of course, are a type of small, flat baked good typically consisting of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter.  Of course, the joy of cookies is that you can add just about anything to this dough base—such as chocolate chips, oatmeal, raisins, nuts—to alter the recipe.

Whereas cookie recipes are typically the same with one or two variables, shortbread recipes are very specific

  • 1 part white sugar
  • 2 parts butter
  • 3 parts flour

While the type of flour and sugar can sometimes be altered, these cookies are categorically flaky and crumbly.

BISCOTTI & LOAVES

Biscotti is an Italian almond biscuit, twice-baked, and oblong in shape.  Dry and crunchy they might resemble shortbread except that they are strong enough to dip in drink; traditionally Vin Santo and, more commonly coffee too

CONFECTIONS

Colloquially known as sweets or candy, these are any other various type of baked good or sugar-based candy that might not have a specific name. This includes tarts and pastries as well as chocolates, sweetmeats, etc.