Shop The Neighbourhood by Yellow Pages celebrates small businesses all year round, and reminds Canadians how shopping locally makes a difference in our lives and directly impacts the local economy. Small businesses are our economic backbone: they create jobs, funnel funds back into the community, keep decision-making power localized, and generally contribute to building healthy, thriving neighbourhoods.
In partnership with Yellow Pages, I wanted to highlight my favourite small business – French Made Baking located in Mount Pleasant.
French Made Baking
Mount Pleasant is a vibrant neighbourhood known for its unique stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and fun community festivals. The area is popular with urban professionals and young families. What better place than a French patisserie shop to appear. The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area has worked with them over the years to help promote their business at local events and on social media.
David and Catherine Introligator
French-from-France couple, David and Catherine Introligator produce authentic and tasty French pastries. They are dedicated to their craft and have been around since 2011. I remember meeting them at various bakers markets and special events before they had their storefront.
They have croissants, madeleines, caneles, and other items but their most popular items are their macarons.
Their macarons are fabulous! The texture and the flavours have always been spot on. I don’t think I’ve found one I didn’t like yet.
My usual order at French Made Baking is a canelé and a pack of macarons.
Canelé is a classic French pastry made from eggs, milk, flour, and sugar. It is a small pastry with a balance of sweet and savoury flavours. What I love most is the crunchy caramelized crust.
Macaron is another classic French treat characterized by 2 pieces of meringue cookie sandwiched with filling like ganache, buttercream or jam. It is generally made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar and ground almond.
They have rotating flavours, but a few of my favourites are:
- L’Anglais: Earl Grey tea infused milk chocolate ganache
- L’Oriental: rose & litchi white chocolate ganache
- Le Provençal: lavender & honey white chocolate ganache
- Le Praliné: hazelnut & almond praliné buttercream
- Pistache: roasted pistachio white chocolate ganache
Sometimes they make limited edition macarons for special events. I remember one when they made totoro macarons.
They also have larger macaron cakes.
They also sell 11 kinds of Kusmi Tea, a tea company which has been around for 140 years. Delicious high quality tea.
What to learn how to make macarons, croissants, or choux pastry? They offer hands-on classes with David at their “Atelier” kitchen on Kent Avenue.
A fun way to learn how to make French pastries the correct way while having fun with friends or coworkers.
Go for a visit
French Made Baking is one of many amazing local businesses in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. When you come for a visit, say “hello” or “bonjour” to their amazing staff as they serve their customers in both English and French.
Local businesses are neighbourhood-oriented. Business owners and staff share the community’s interests, and are personally invested in the welfare and future of the neighbourhood.
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81 Kingsway, Vancouver