Last week I reviewed one of the more strangely named bakeries in Batard (i.e. Bastard). This week, I had the chance to visit one of the most perfectly named bakeries in Butter Baked Goods – because what’s a more important ingredient in baked goods than butter? Well, maybe flour or sugar (screw all the anti-carb, Gluten Free and Paleo bandwagoners, I’m sure in another 10 years we’ll have found some other food group/nutrient to demonize), but butter has to be a close third and a bakery named Butter automatically has my interest.
Now, I don’t usually notice or care about the appearance/atmosphere of places much seeing that I almost always take my food to go, but this has to be one of the prettiest bakeries that I’ve visited, with colourful walls, shelves and furnature. Even their good are cute and clearly play to childhood nostalgia: colourful cookies and bars, marshmallows and cupcakes. For my visit, I got their Dunbar, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Slice, and Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich.
The Dunbar ($3.5)
“Our most popular bar… an oatmeal base with loads of chocolate, pecans, coconut and dulce du lece (Mexican caramel) in the middle”
From appearance alone, it really didn’t look like much, so I’m surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the bar. All of the components and flavours in the bar worked very well together and were absolutely delicious. It had a layer of chocolate chips that was topped by a delcious layer of thick, sweet dulce de leche. The streussel topping, which contained oatmeal, pecans and coconut was crunchy, buttery and had a nice hint of salt that complemented the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel. I did find the pecans to be a bit on the raw side and I do wish that the coconut flavour was a bit more promient.
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Slice ($2.25)
“We used to only sell this one during the Christmas season but our customers demanded it year round”
It basically consisted of their plain, house-made (vanilla?) marshmallows mixed together with a peanut butter frosting. I’m not a marshmallow connoisseur; I thought that theirs was fine – soft, fluffy and mildly sweet. What makes the slice special was their peanut butter frosting. It had a great peanut flavour and a perfect balance between sweet and salty.
Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich ($4)
“Two big soft peanut butter cookies with a creamy peanut butter filling… for serious peanut butter lovers”
I had pretty high expectations for this cookie, and fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed. The cookies themselves were soft and almost melted in my mouth. The peanut butter filling was quite different from their marshmallow slice – it was fluffier, less sweet, and didn’t have as a strong peanut flavour. Eaten separately, I found that both the cookie and the frosting to be a bit weak in flavour and almost bland. However, when eaten together (as the sandwich is clearly meant to), the flavours just build and combine to form the perfect bite.
If you couldn’t already tell, I really liked this bakery. All of the treats that I’ve sampled have been good, if not fantastic. This is a place that I can see myself coming back to many times in the future.
Recommendations: The Dunbar (or any of their other delicious-looking bars), Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich (they also have an Oreo version, which I’m sure is also delicious)