Over the past several years, Edmonton has become increasingly renowned across Canada for its food scene. Duchess Bake Shop, with its French-style and Albertan influences, is a culinary landmark that Edmontonians are very familiar with. Curious visitors who seek out the famed bakery fall in love right away. Edmontonians flock to the Duchess Bakery in throngs, led by the temptation of a warm environment where they can enjoy delicious baked goods with their loved ones. Others crave take out; perhaps they'd like to craft their own high tea at home on a Sunday afternoon, or they're searching for a superlative pie, one that's just right for a posh evening get together with friends and family.
Duchess' creators share an intense, long-standing passion for baking; they have lifetimes of experience. They stress the importance of fresh ingredients; they use organic, natural, top of the line baking constituents and all of their goods are made from scratch. Duchess' specialties are French pastries and what they describe as "Alberta Favourites". Numerous sweet delicacies, among them croissants, brioche, and cakes, are tantalizing. Gourmet baked goods are not limited to sweet treats. Duchess' lunch and other menus include savory options such as quiche, soup with something fresh baked on the side, tartine, and galette. Bakers have discovered that Matchstick coffee pairs well with their pastries, and they have designed a feature artisanal coffee, the result of collaboration with Matchstick.
Edmontonians and visitors to Edmonton give the Duchess rave reviews. Each frequent caller might have his/her own favourite, whether it might be Duchess' macarons or one of their savory delights. Despite the cafe being busy, customers are satisfied with the staff's friendly service, time and time again.
Duchess Bake Shop is a well-loved, prized spot for many Canadians. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the CBC that "As many pastries I bring home from the Duchess, I never bring enough". The shop has received a great deal of attention since it opened in 2009. Articles of praise occur frequently in Canadian media, as the world becomes acquainted with Duchess' fame. in July, The Globe and Mail reported that the Duchess Bake Shop "serves 300 people on the first hour of business on a Saturday". In 2012, the National Post declared, "Edmonton may just be home to the best patisserie in Canada". An article in the Edmonton Metro explains that "Duchess Bake Shop was listed by BuzzFeed as one of the '23 bakeries around the world you need to eat at before you die'– the only Canadian entry on the list".
Duchess Bake Shop has a gorgeous website, www.duchessbakeshop.com. On the main page, there is a video documentary; bakers share the story of their baking journeys. Check out the menus before dropping by because you're going to be presented with difficult choices and you'll need some time to think. The bakeshop menu is definitely drool-worthy. Those who are interested in the very likely delicious results of chefs' brainstorming will be exited to try the monthly features. One can browse the lunch, pastry, and packaged treats menus, and a special occasion menu. The masterminds behind the Duchess Bake Shop have also created a delightful store, Duchess Provisions. A wonderful selection of top notch cookbooks are available. Bakers can satisfy their needs for anything from flour and baking powder to blood orange compound and candied rose petals. Visitors will be enticed by tools, bakeware, serveware, and accessories. This is the right stuff for serious bakers and their soon-to-be impressed guests. Bakers can obtain the perfect cake stand or find their favourite apron. The store has adorable products for children. You can visit Provisions online and fill up your shopping cart that way.
Duchess generously caters to the needs of aspiring bakers. They have a teaching kitchen, Duchess Atelier, located right next to Duchess Provisions. Baking classes sell out fast. In preparation for the advent of Christmas, lucky Edmontonians will be attending various Christmas baking classes, where some will be learning to make cookie ornaments, and others will be mastering Buche de Noel. There will also be a cookie exchange session that looks as if it will be tons of fun. Duchess doesn't keep all of their recipes secret. Masterminds have created a cookbook, which, at 288 pages, is quite a tome. Baking aficionados can pick one up at Provisions.
In the heart of Westmount
Interested in visiting Duchess? The Duchess Bake Shop is located on 10718 124th Street NW, and Duchess Provisions is located at 10934 119 Street NW. In the heart of the neighbourhood of Westmount. Busy customers can pre-order. As the fall weather starts to kick in and days become shorter, it's probably a good time to take it easy in a warm place, blissfully aware that you and your friends are enjoying a world class indulgence. If you're visiting Edmonton for the first time, then stop by, enjoy some baked goods, grab some macarons to go, and polish them off while you see the sights.