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The leaves are changing colour here in Vancouver, which can only mean one thing: fall is officially upon us.
With it, comes a smorgasbord of seasonal treats as bakeries, cafes, and ice cream parlours concoct all manner of goodies using fall flavours like pumpkin and spiced apple. It’s goodies like these that remind us why we love fall so much.
So to help you get a taste of the season, here are 17 of the most drool-worthy must-try fall treats in Vancouver.
Beaucoup Bakery’s fall offerings (Photo courtesy Beaucoup Bakery)
For the fall season, past favourites like the pyramidal-shaped meringue topped Spiced Pumpkin Tart and the Apple Pie Croissant that is filled with cinnamon-spiced apples, almond frangipane and almond streusel. New additions to the fall menu includes the Plum Rosemary Bostock, a brioche with a lovely house-made rosemary plum compote and also the Chocolate Financier with Chilli which is a small almond tea cake infused with Valrhona Tainori chocolate and chilis. If you are craving something savoury, try Chef Betty Hung’s newest creation the Butternut Squash Pesto Tarte. Delicate layers of pastry and butternut squash puree is garnished with walnut sage, pecorino cheese, toasted walnuts and white balsamic pear salad. The fall menu is available until November 26.
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It’s hard not to drool when cutting into Butter’s pumpkin pie with its perfectly crimped pastry crust. Also back for the fall are their cute little pumpkin spiced cupcakes with caramel drizzle and a candy pumpkin as decoration.
For everyone who loves everything pumpkin spice, Bobacabana understands you because they have launched everything pumpkin spice on their menu. Start with a Pumpkin Chai Frappe that is a blend of ice cream and steeped chai. Enjoy it alongside a warm freshly made Pumpkin Spice waffle that comes with a generous dollop of housemade pumpkin infused cheesecake spread, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and finished with whip cream, chopped walnuts and a dusting of cinnamon.
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This popular Sicilian dessert spot is welcoming fall with their new seasonal pumpkin cannoli. The crispy cannoli shell is filled fresh to order with a housemade sweet pumpkin ricotta. The fall cannoli is dusted with powdered sugar and ground cinnamon. The ends are dipped in pumpkin seeds as a final garnish for the perfect fall treat. The new pumpkin cannoli and all of their other classic flavours like pistachio and the Sicilian are also available at their brick and mortar bakery of over 30 years, Italia Bakery.
Chez Christophe Pumpkin Tart (Photo courtesy Chez Christophe)
Until October 9, Chez Christophe’s limited edition Thanksgiving Pumpkin Tart will be available. With a base of roasted pumpkin puree with a layer of maple bavaroise cream is then garnished with a hazelnut sponge and cinnamon spiced and Zephyr caramel white chocolate cream. Chef Christophe’s Pumpkin Tart is a sophisticated take on the classic pumpkin pie and will definitely become your new favourite autumn inspired treat.
The Basic Witch from Dipped Doughnut Co. (Photo courtesy Dipped Doughnut Co.)
Dipped Doughnut Co. has got seasonal treats like the The Basic Witch (yeast fried base with a pumpkin purée filling, cream cheese glaze, topped with chopped pecans) and Spiced Caramel Apple (gluten free spiced apple cake base with an apple cider glaze and caramel drizzle).
Earnest has stocked their freezers with their fall ice cream flavours. Pumpkin Pie will be one of the flavours returning and is made from organic local pumpkin and an irresistible mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and allspice. There is also a Vegan Chai which is bursting with flavour from being steeped with cinnamon, cardamon, tea leaves, ginger and cloves before being churned into a creamy ice cream. Rounding out Earnest’s fall flavours will be Apple Pie, Cranberry Walnut and Milk Chocolate.
If you are looking for a gluten-free pumpkin pie, East Village Bakery has just announced that their house-made pumpkin pies will be returning, but only for the Thanksgiving long weekend. If you are hoping to bring home one of their creamy pumpkin pies garnished with candied pumpkin seeds for texture, be sure to phone ahead as they often sell out in stores.
The cinnamon buns at Grounds for Coffee are embracing fall and are going pumpkin for the Thanksgiving long weekend. The nutty spice of the ground cinnamon paired with sweet pumpkin puree in these pumpkin buns beats a pumpkin spice latte any day. Eat these delicious pumpkin buns in store fresh out of the oven with extra cream cheese icing because nothing beats a warm sticky bun on a fall day.
To welcome the arrival of fall, Innocent Ice Cream has created a seasonal Baked Apple Cheesecake Ice cream sandwich to join their classic flavours. Sweet creamy cheesecake ice cream is swirled with cinnamon ice cream to create a rich spiced ice cream which is then scooped between two house-made cinnamon apple cookies. The best part, all of the cookies at Innocent Ice Cream are completely gluten-free.
La Glace Ice Cream is embracing its first fall with the introduction of their seasonal Peppered Pumpkin ice cream. Locally sourced pumpkin is pureed till smooth and incorporated into their signature egg custard base before being churned. Their Parisienne style ice cream is rich and decadent lending well to the warm notes of pumpkin and cinnamon. Cracked black pepper is added to enhance the pumpkin. Pair your scoop of Peppered Pumpkin with a gluten-free pumpkin spice meringue for the ultimate pumpkin experience.
Next time you are at Lucky’s Doughnuts, take a close at their doughnut case because their popular Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismark is finally back! Their perfectly fried golden doughnut is stuffed with their house-made pumpkin pastry cream and finished with piped zesty lemon cheesecake cream and a dusting of pumpkin spice. Hopefully you are lucky enough to get the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismark as they sell out fast.
After a summer filled with delicious stone fruit and berry pies, The Pie Hole is finally serving Pumpkin Pie for the fall! Striving to offer only the freshest of pies, only locally grown pumpkins are used to make the delicious roasted pumpkin custard filling before being baked in their flaky pie crust. This fall favourite is then finished with swirls of fresh whipped cream and grated nutmeg. If you are needing your pumpkin pie fix, call ahead or place your order 48 hours in advance.
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Sisters Andy and Stephanie French have just announced their Thanksgiving holiday menu and on it is their Heirloom Pumpkin & Spice, a rich thick layer of pumpkin custard infused with cloves, ginger, nutmeg and ceylon cinnamon. If you are more of a fruit pie person, order their East Van Purple Plum & Black Frier Plum pie which is finished with a lovely almond and sugar butter streusel. Also available for pre-order is their chocolate pecan, salted honey and their stunning wild & foraged coastal berry pie with lemon verbena buttermilk custard.
Part of this year’s Thanksgiving treat offering is a pear bourdaloue which is french for poached pear and almond tart. Delicious whole poached pears are nestled atop sweet pastry and almond cream. Part of the Fall Collection is a Coconut Coffee Tart, a caramel, coffee and chocolate mousse fills a sweet coconut sable crust. There is also a pistachio cake, paris brest praline cake and a creamy pumpkin spiced creme brûlée.
With the arrival of fall, Thomas Haas has embraced autumn with the introduction of 6 pumpkin inspired treats. Their classic pumpkin pie is available with just cinnamon Chantilly cream, or also with caramelized spiced apples all in a butter tart. If you are wanting something other than a pumpkin pie, pick up Thomas Haas’ newest creation, a pumpkin cake. Between layers of pumpkin cremeux, roasted pumpkin mousse and amaretto bavarois are crunchy caramelized pumpkin seed croquants. The cake is finished with a stunning orange glaze and the individual sized cakes are shaped and decorated to look like adorable mini pumpkins.
Main street is lined with wonderful little bakeries, but Trafiq holds its own with their immaculate layered cakes made in house fresh everyday. Joining their usual treats in the display case are adorable little pumpkin spiced cheesecake squares with a swirl of maple cream. The size is perfect for a small little midday treat and pairs wonderfully with Trafiq’s brewed spiced Chai lattes.