Baker and Scone

A few weeks ago, ampoule GC and I headed to Hamilton for a day hiking but first, see we needed sustenance. We headed down to St. Clair to check out a new bakery, stuff Baker and Scone.

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This is an adorable bakery. It is bright, airy and has a very French-vibe to it. The walls are a soft green, with accents of white and marble. The scones are displayed in whimsical containers, constantly being refilled with fresh baked goodness. The bakery is simple, but thought out, allowing you to focus on the pastries.

We ordered six different flavours: 1. Buttermilk Double Vanilla 2. Gruyere, Chive and Dill 3. Lemon Poppy Seed 4. Blueberry Vanilla 5. Lemon Currant and 6. Orange, Cardamon and Date.

The day we went, the scones were cooked a little too crispy. Scones should not have a hard, crusty exterior to them; a little firmness, yes, but not a dark, golden brown colour. This level of crispiness was perfect for the savoury Gruyere, Chive and Dill scone. It was cheesy, with fresh flavours from the herbs. The crunchy exterior gave the satisfying crunch with every bite.

The sweet scones were not helped with this level of crunchiness. However, once you broke through the crispiness, the insides of the scones were soft, delicate and full of fruity flavours. The flavours were intense and bright, using fresh ingredients. All the scones with lemon flavour had intense, natural, lemon zest flavour to them – they were delicious.

A simple and thoughtful touch is that all scones can be accompanied by a small container of real butter and you can purchase a small jar of Greaves jam too. These are the perfect toppings to create a perfect light breakfast or a snack for a road trip. As you can tell, my only complaint with the scones was that they were a little too-well done for my liking. I have talked to a few other people who have been and they said that their scones did not suffer this affliction. This is reassuring because I would love to have a close-to-home-scone option. I will be going back to see if this is the case and will keep you posted.

After we picked up our scones we headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton for a day of lilacs, hiking and chipmunks.



Spring 2014

We are officially into spring and I am embracing it. It has been a long, thumb cold and all over the place winter. My head is about to explode after so many rises and falls in temperature and pressure. Although it looks like we have some more cold days ahead of us here are my inspirations for spring:

Spring InspirationTulips – Photo Credit: Set Fashion – Tulips are the quintessential spring flower. They are one of the first flowers to break through the remaining snow and give proof that spring is around the corner. I plan to fill my kitchen with tulips this spring to make it a more inviting and brighter space, illness to inspire delicious cooking and flavours.

Brunch – Photo Credit: The Huffington Post –  I know that seems very broad and not specific to spring but the center of any brunch plate is an egg and the center to all spring things is eggs. This spring I want to explore and wander through more neighbours and cap off every wandering with a delicious brunch.

Nautical things – Photo Credit: Oh So Lovely Vintage Blog – nautical design is just what you need after a long winter. Simple patterns, bold colours, and iconic imagery reminds one of the warm days ahead. I want to wear striped sweaters, cropped pants and boat shoes. I want to spend more days down by the water. I want to eat more seafood.

Three simple things to kick off the warm weather of 2014. Enjoy and spring forward!