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#productionpastries: Le Dolci
Here at the ELLE Canada office, the August edition is almost ready to hit the printing press – but not before a little (or a large!) injection of sugar to get the team over the finish line! This month’s glucose boost came to us in the form of macaroons, cupcakes and mini lemon-meringue shooters from
Toronto patisserie Le Dolci. There were also gluten-free brownie cups filled with caramel, which deserve a very, very special mention. We grabbed Le Dolci’s owner, Lisa Sanguedolce, for a lightening-fast (sugar-rush speed, people) round of questions about all things sweet and treat-related:
What’s the most popular item at Le Dolci? Macarons, macarons, macarons, the city and country is macaron crazy! We’ve shipped a few to Vancouver and Halifax recently so the crazy has spread from coast to coast.
What’s the story behind Le Dolci? Le Dolci started with me teaching one class of people how to decorate cupcakes in a friend’s little deli in Notting Hill, London, UK in 2009. Since then we’ve grown and are now located in a little studio in downtown Toronto where we teach over 10 different baking and pastry classes including: croissants, macarons, pies, soufflés marshmallows and more. We are also are lucky to have a little corner bake shop where we sell cupcakes, gelato, and freshly baked treats to the neighbourhood.
What is your favourite sweet treat? I love cannoli dipped in pistachio. It’s something I grew up on as a kid coming from a very Sicilian family and I love the whole soft and crunchy texture and flavour that the cannoli provides.
When did you start baking? I started baking when I was young with my grandmother (who never used a measuring cup!), but only seriously in 2009 when I started Le Dolci out of my tiny flat in London, England. I started taking orders and baking for classes and at that time I didn’t have a mixer so did everything by hand. Also, my kitchen was so tiny I could only bake one tray of brownies or cupcakes at a time. It is quite funny to look back to that time; buying a Kitchen Aid stand mixer changed my life!
What’s your favourite thing about being in the pastry business? I love our customers, they are all so happy, passionate and love talking about and eating sweets. Everyone that walks in comments on the smell and the cuteness of the place and how wonderful it must be to work here. It makes me very happy to know that people enter and leave our shop smiling.
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