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Andrea Mut was prepared to launch her eponymous Gerrard Street patisserie last Tuesday but the city had other plans.
Now that the sidewalk's back in place, Mut is concentrating on the stellar baked goods that have earned the young married mom her considerable rep. Look for classic confections like ultra-gooey butter tarts ($3), retro chocolate-hazelnut scones ($2.75) and single-serving versions ($6) of the wild blueberry cheesecake ($45 for a 9-inch cake) made with naturally raised Montforte Dairy goat cheese that put Belong on the local foodie map.
"I left my recipe there but I think they've changed it a bit."
They have. It now comes topped with a blueberry compote infused with lime and a sprig of lavender ($9).
Mut also features what she refers to as "wee cakes" - small-scale takes on chocolate-fudge and carrot cakes ($7) - and "streetcar sandwiches," transit-ready snacks stuffed with either ham, egg and cheese or roasted veggies and chevre ($6). Ethically sourced coffee comes from ChocoSol as does all her chocolate.
After leaving Café Belong, Mut hadn't intended to open her own spot so quickly.
"I was going to take it slow but then I found this space," she laughs. "The rent is very reasonable for the amount of foot traffic on the corner. A business like this doesn't make a lot of money and a place this good doesn't come along every day. It was now or never!"
Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery, 635 Gerrard E, at Broadview, 416-465-4567. Tuesday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday, holidays. Unlicensed. Access: barrier-free, no seating, no washrooms.