The aroma of autumn is in the air. The sweet smell is part Mother Nature and part pumpkin spice. It’s time to celebrate the season, so break out your best cozy sweaters and get ready to take a big bite of fall.
Pumpkin desserts aren’t just for Thanksgiving, they’re an incredible addition to any meal. Dig into these pumpkin-infused treats in Toronto this fall.
Dufflet is well known in the city for its exceptional lineup of sweets, no matter what season it is. But when fall rolls around, Dufflet definitely hops on the pumpkin wagon. Dufflet Uptown (2638 Yonge Street) offers an array of seasonal pumpkin treats, from September 5th to November 22nd, including: Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Tarts, Cheesecake Mini: Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Loaf.
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
Wanda Beaver is the Wanda behind Wanda’s Pie in the Sky. She has been baking pies since she was 9 years old, and you can taste the fruits of her labour at her Kensington Market mainstay, at 287 Augusta Avenue. Their traditional Pumpkin Pie is perfectly spiced and perfectly creamy. Wanda likes to keep you guessing, so there are often unadvertised seasonal treats to try, if you ask. The Pumpkin Coffee Cake is well worth the trip. Many pies are available in gluten-free and vegan varieties. Stop in for a seasonal slice of heaven, Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Sundays from 9 am to 7 pm.
Natale Bozzo opened SanRemo Bakery (374 Royal York Road) in 1969 with his brothers Giuseppe, Peter and Giancarlo. In 1995, Natale’s sons Edward, Nick and Robert took control of the family business, creating the finest Italian baked goods using traditional methods and quality ingredients. Come by the cafe for your favourite treats, or pre-order your seasonal favourites including their Pumpkin Cheese Tart, Pumpkin Cheese Donuts, Regular Pumpkin Tart and Classic Pumpkin Pie. They are closed on Mondays, but open to serve you Tuesday to Saturday from 8 am until 7 pm, and Sundays from 8 am until 6 pm.
The Rolling Pin
Isabelle and Vanessa are the owners and self-proclaimed ‘dessert specialists’ behind The The Rolling Pin. Stop by the shop at 1970 Avenue Road for some of the finest baked goods anywhere, and some fall favourites you will look forward to all year. Try autumn indulgences like their Chocolate Pumpkin Pie ($25.00), Jacked Up Pumpkin Pie ($30.00), Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie ($30.00) and Traditional Pumpkin Pie ($25.00). The Rolling Pin also rolls out a seasonal selection of Donuts (Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake or Pumpkin Pie — 6 for $19), Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (6 for $19) and Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars. You can place an order for their incredible seasonal cakes, too. They are available in Chocolate Pumpkin or Pumpkin Spice. The Rolling Pin is your pumpkin-infused fall paradise! They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. They are closed on Mondays.
The Pumpkin Chiffon Cake is back at Roselle Desserts (362 King Street East). It’s only sold in the fall and is well worth the wait, but fall always feels like the shortest-lived season. Make sure you live it up this year and treat yourself (and your friends and family, of course) to this indulgent, perfectly-spiced, perfectly-sweet delicacy.
Steph and Bruce are the partners behind Roselle. They met while working in Paris and have both worked in Michelin-starred kitchens across Europe and Asia. Thankfully, they have brought their worldly (or maybe other-worldly) experience and talent home to Toronto. Their cute little shop in Corktown is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm, Fridays from noon until 6 pm, Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. You can also stop by for evening desserts on Saturday and Sunday nights, from 8 pm until 11 pm.
Sisters Cindy and Sarah Coelho are the sweet minds behind the Bake Shoppe at 859 College Street in Little Italy. They live the sweet life all year long, but when fall descends on Toronto they help lift locals’ spirits with homemade pumpkin pie pop tarts. Pop by the Shoppe, Wednesday to Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. They are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Don’t let pumpkin season pass you by. It’s time to dig in and savour the sweetness. Just like the fleeting fall season itself, these pumpkin-infused treats will be gone before you know it.
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