It's officially pumpkin spice season in Toronto. This time of year is also referred to as fall (or even autumn) and as the weather cools, sweet and spicy orange-hued foods appear in stores throughout the city. You can guzzle pumpkin spice lattes from chains like Starbucks, Second Cup or McDonalds, but there's always more to discover.
Here are 13 local takes on pumpkin spice treats in Toronto.
You can find Dufflet cakes at stores across the city. But for an even better selection, visit the bakery's storefront on West Queen West. You'll probably come across this pumpkin spice-flavoured cheesecake.
Pumpkin Buns (Bakerbots)
Bakerbots might be tiny, but it packs a slew of treats into its small storefront. Instead of regular cinnamon, grab a pumkin bun if you need a mid-afternoon treat.
Pumpkin Pie (Wanda's Pie in the Sky)
It's not Thanksgiving without a slice of pumpkin pie. Visit this Kensington Market institution so you don't break tradition.
Opera Cakes (The Tempered Room)
As if this Parkdale bakery wasn't tempting enough already, it's now gone adn added an opera cake -- with pumpkin spice and milk chocolate mousse -- to its lineup.
Jacked Up Pumpkin Pie (The Rolling Pin)
If a regular pumpkin pie won't do, grab one of thesejacked-up pies from the Rolling Pin. Each one features a graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie filling a layer of salted caramel, whipped cream and candied pecans. Be sure to order ahead for Thanksgiving.
Macarons (Petit Nuage)
These two-bite bursts of deliciousness will surely satisfy your cravings for pumpkin spice. And if one pumpkin spice macaron doesn't do the trick, simply grab another.
Chicken and Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Tom & Sawyer)
Why should humans have all the fun? Let your furry friends indulge in the pumpkin spice trend too with these chicken and pumpkin spice muffins. (Yes, these are indeed for dogs.)
Croissants (SanRemo Bakery)
This Etobicoke marketplace bakes everything in house and this fall you should order yourself a flaky (and creamy) pumpkin cheese croissant. If that won't do, pick up a pumpkin cheese doughnut instead.
Gelato (Lamanna's Bakery)
If you're still in denial about the season, partake in the pumpkin spice craze will a few scoops of gelato from this Scarborough-area bakery.
Vegan Waffles (D-Beatstro)
Vegans can get in on the fun thanks to D-Beatstro. This restaurant added pumpkin spice French toast to its menu - get there for brunch next time you're in Bloordale.
What's better than a handheld brioche? A pumpkin spice brioche. Get yours when it's on the menu at Fantails, located in Roncy. Take one to High Park and gobble it down as you marvel at the foliage.
Chocolat Madeleine (Butter Avenue)
Yes, Butter Avenue makes awesome macarons, but it also serves up a range of other yummy treats - take chocolate madeleines, for instance. These pretty looking chocolates come in three flavours, including in pumpkin spice.
Latte (Cafe Con Leche)
Sure, Starbucks might have a near monopoly on PSL, but a few local cafes serve them too. Cafe Con Leche in the Junction Triangle will make you one and will top it with pretty latte art too.
What's your favourite pumpkin spice treat? Let us know in the comments.
Photos by: @lovelife_jax, @m.marcille, @ant_tor, Butter Avenue.
by Amy Grief via blogTO
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