European Doughnuts and Pastry Pretzels at Raymerville’s Bakery – Bomboloni and Bavarian Schwabisch Pretzels!

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Even though living in the suburbs means longer commutes into the city and less frequent bus service than I’d like, I feel really lucky to have such an amazing bakery that I can go to for fresh bread, deli meats, and pastries.  Visiting fantastic bakeries around the city has made me so grateful for everything they have to offer and has made me feel so appreciative of the hard work that goes into running a bakery like clockwork.  So many of these businesses are family owned and run and after visiting these bakeries once, all you want to do is visit them every day so you can see what new things they have and to strike up some good ol’ fashioned conversation.  It’s rewarding getting to know the people who work behind the counter and you build such great relationships because of it.

What I love the most about Raymerville Deli & Bakery is how they keep things new and exciting.  I’ve been going to this bakery for YEARS (just think, since I was in high school!) and there have been things I’ve discovered over the past several months that I didn’t even know existed!  Not only do they have delightfully ginourous chocolate chip cookies and sweet fruity apple and cherry turnovers, but they stay true to their Italian and European heritage by having sweet European pastries!  Now, I had to do some research to figure out exactly we these yummy treats were, and I’m so glad I did!  It’s fascinating learning about the breadth of food culture and I tucked away some delicious info on Italian doughnuts and German pretzels! 

Raymerville’s bakery has these awesome cream and custard filled doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar called bomboloni (because they look like little “bombs”, hee) and they have two varieties: vanilla custard, which I love, and chocolate cream which my brother is very fond of 😀  And as for the pretzels?  Bavarian schwabisch pretzels!  Pastry pretzels that are crispy and “crackly” on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside.  The ones at Raymerville are cherry ones with dusted powdered sugar and sliced almonds. 

I wasn’t sure if I’d like the pretzels since I’m actually not a pretzel fan (gasp, I know!  Bread-like pretzels taste too…bread-like and starchy?  And hard pretzels are too salty for my liking!).  But these ones were good!  They had such good texture and they had both nutty and fruity sweetness to it.  The pretzels I’ve seen on a number of occasions, but the Italian dougnuts completely blew me away!  They’re so cute and of course, sweet and delicious.  I’m a sucker for custard and cream-filled doughnuts so really, the discovery was meant to be.

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Raymerville Deli & Bakery is located within the strip plaza right at the intersection of McCowan Rd. and Ramerville Drive south, on the east side of McCowan (Carlton Rd. is on the west side of McCowan).  It’s about a 10 minute walk (or a 2 or 3 minute drive) from Markville Mall.  They are closed on Mondays but are open from Tuesday-Sunday at 8:30am.

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The Sandwich Kick Continues – Alfalfa and Peppers and Cucumbers, Oh My! Fresh Kaisers from Raymerville Bakery

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I wasn’t lying when I said I was on a sandwich rampage.  All I could think of when I woke up yesterday morning was sinking my teeth into some fresh crunchy bread and turkey and veggies.  For your viewing pleasure today: the lovely sandwich I made for lunch yesterday!  Mum and I went on a grocery and bakery run yesterday morning and we picked up the fresh kaiser buns from Raymerville Deli and Bakery ($0.45 each, or $4.50 for a dozen) that my brother and I love so dearly.  Oh gosh, these kaiser buns are just divine.  They are the size of your face and they are crunchy and soft at the same time.  You know they’re delicious when you can envision yourself eating one without anything on it.  And that’s saying a lot about bread considering most people would wrinkle their nose if they had to eat bread all by its lonesome! 

A few packs of fresh deli meat and a few tons of fruits and vegetables later and we were good to go.  I made myself a kaiser sandwich with some oven roasted turkey, mozzerella cheese, a little mayo and honey mustard (what you see peeking out underneath the top bun), baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, cucumbers, and green bell peppers.  This thing was so big my jaw cracked every time I tried to fit it in my mouth (it’s not as painful as it sounds.  Actually, it’s not painful at all.  I have a weird cracky jaw).  I “mmm”ed my way through lunch and even though everyone else had devoured their sammies and made fun of me for only getting through a third of mine by that time , I’d like to think that I’m the winner because I get to savour my sandwich the longest 😀

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Raymerville Deli & Bakery is located within the strip plaza right at the intersection of McCowan Rd. and Ramerville Drive south, on the east side of McCowan (Carlton Rd. is on the west side of McCowan).  It’s about a 10 minute walk (or a 2 or 3 minute drive) from Markville Mall.  They are closed on Mondays.

Valentine’s Series: The Keys to My Heart Part IV – Memories of High School & My Favourite Turkey Sandwiches

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Forget the pretentious gourmet stuff.  The BEST turkey sandwiches in the world (okay, fine, in my world) are made at one of the most fantastic bakeries in town located just across the street from my old high school: Raymerville Deli & Bakery located at 1 Raymerville Drive south, off of McCowan Rd. and north of Bullock Drive in Unionville, Markham.   This is truly one of the reasons why I’ve been so excited to share the Keys to My Heart series; to showcase the things I love the most in any category of food and to tell all the memorable stories attached to them.  I think I may keep this series around just for the heck of it because talking about my favourite things is fun and makes me happy! 😀  This bakery holds a lot of fun memories, especially from high school. 

I would buy my lunch once a week and about a third of the time I’d go to the bakery across the street.  I remember running over at lunch hour with a few friends in tow and lining up in the packed bakery for my coveted smoked turkey sandwich on crusty kaiser bun.  Watching the ladies slice my turkey meat, pack on the toppings, and wrap it in the signature white sandwich paper with deli sticker made my heart pump fast and till this day, it still does.  Everything about this sandwich is amazing.  The crusty kaiser is the best with its bread crumb dusty top and soft insides and no sandwich makes me happier than this one: fresh smoked turkey piled high with lots of shredded lettuce, tomato, mozzerella cheese, and mayo and mustard.  I might be all into trying new things and consistently expanding my food horizons (pft, like you couldn’t tell from the blog, right?  Ha!) but this is one thing that I’ve been eating the same way for 10 years and it tastes SO FREAKIN’ GOOD each and every single time.  This bakery has not lost its touch.

The bakery is family owned and run, and is stocked to the brim with Italian pastas, meats, and dry food pantry items.  Racks and racks of fresh baked bread are ripe for the picking (with a bread slicer that you can use if you would rather have it done in-store) and there is plenty of other good eats to nosh on too: pepperoni pizza slices the size of the moon; ginormous chocolate chip cookies which might as well be the moon because of the all chocolate chip craters; fresh baked apple and fruit pies; apple, cherry, and raspberry turnovers (my brother and mum’s favourite); pastry twists dusted with powdered sugar; and oodles of tarts, cookies, and strudels.

You can choose any bread or bun in the bakery and bring it up to the deli counter to have  your sandwich made, but I’m telling you, you MUST order  a sandwich on the kaiser, which they have a basket of up on the counter.  Why?  Because I said so.  Trust me!  Prices for kaiser sandwiches vary depending on the type of meat you want and whether ot not you order it with cheese (extra 50 cents), but most sandwiches are anywhere from $3.50 to $5.  Oh!  And no tax.  I KNOW.  What dimension are we in, right??  If it’s $4.50 for your sandwich, it’s $4.50.  Take a minute and wrap your head around that.  And imagine all the yummy baked goods you can buy for $10.  Mmmm.  It makes me wistful knowing I can’t walk across the street to the bakery anymore, but I look forward to any and all trips I make there.

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Raymerville Deli & Bakery is located within the strip plaza right at the intersection of McCowan Rd. and Ramerville Drive south, on the east side of McCowan (Carlton Rd. is on the west side of McCowan).  It’s about a 10 minute walk (or a 2 or 3 minute drive) from Markville Mall.  They usually have a day off during the week and I’m pretty sure that day is Monday, although your best bet is to visit them during the middle of the week or on the weekend.