What's the holiday season without holiday-themed baked goods? Sugar cookies cut in the shape of Christmas trees, Yule logs, Galette des Rois. You could bake these yourself, but honestly, you're not going to make anything that comes close to Sophie Sucrée's gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free goodies. Bakeries around Montreal embrace the season and come out with a special holiday menu to delight festive Montrealers looking to enjoy the season's best dessert dishes. Here are some of the best options from some of the best bakeries around Montreal.
Pâtisserie Almond Butterfly
Where: 5607 Ave Coolbrook Montreal, QC
Why: If you're looking for a gluten-free option this holiday season, look no further than Pâtisserie Almond Butterfly. On the holiday menu are streusel muffins, peppermint cupcakes, and gingerbread cookies. Their gluten-free, dairy free, soy-free Yule log (picture above) looks absolutely amazing. It's a vanilla sponge cake rolled with chocolate icing filling and topped with candied nuts for $39. You have to have this on your table for dessert on Christmas.
Simplement D Liche
Where: 3964 Rue St Denis, Montreal, QC
Why: D Liche is a gourmet bakery you'll want to check out. This holiday season they're offering Xmas shortbread cookie trees and Xmas cupcakes with figurines made by using fondant (shown above). They also have a Yule Log to rival Almond Butterfly's that comes in small (that serves 6) or large (serves 10). All their tasty holiday treats are special order and have to be reserved in advanced so don't wait another minute!
Cerise sur le Gateau Pâtisserie
Where: 107 Avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montréal, QC
Why: Another bakery for those who are looking for gluten-free options, Cerise sur le Gateau Pâtisserie offers delicious and aesthetically beautiful Yule logs including their Bûche Cassimarron, Bûche Pêcheresse, and holiday macarons, all without gluten. Other tasty delights that do have gluten in them include a Galette des Rois with rum and Bûche Mikimoto.
Where: 640 Rue de Courcelle, Montréal, QC
Why: Léché's claim to fame is their status as the first artisanal doughnut boutique. They've attempt to reinvent your classic doughnut with a modern twist using natural and local ingredients. Montreal has caught on and now Léché serves restaurants and neighborhood diners in the city. But they don't exclusively sell doughnuts. This holiday season, they're offering a Christmas gift box that includes tons of holiday goodies that comes in this enticing package.
Where: 167 Ave des Pins E, Montreal, QC
Why: This quaint bakery located at 167 Ave des Pins offers lots of vegan and gluten-free options. This winter they're adding a chocolate hazelnut Yule log that's gluten-free and vegan, as well as fruit cake, dark chocolate truffles, gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa mix, and cranberry sauce. If you want to stay up to date on Sophie Sucrée's latest masterpiece, check out their awesome Instagram account where they post delicious pictures of their baked goods.
Where: 1245 University St, Montreal, QC
Why: This well-established bakery is adding a whole bunch of new cupcakes to their usual 32 flavors of cupcakes. Their holiday-themed cupcakes come with faces of jolly old Saint Nick and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer among others. Be sure to try their eggnog flavour-of-the-month cupcake for December.