Its been a while since I've had cakes or pastries from Manuel Latruwe, home of freshly baked pastries, breads and tasty cakes. Located in a tiny spot a hop and a skip away from Bernard Callebaut, its a sweet lover's haven, with even freshly made Belgium waffles available on weekend mornings. I remember the days when if you forgot to order a cake, you better show up early before they all sold out. Thankfully, they have more bakers and pastry chefs now so there isn't a mad rush in the mornings anymore. They've expanded quite a bit from the bread, cakes and pastries... they also do ice cream and pizza too. Will have to try the next time I'm in Calgary. The strawberry tarts are only available when strawberries are in season, so a big thank you goes out to MilkTea for swinging by and picking up a treat for me and my family! Yumyumyum!
After the long drive up to Edmonton, the box is a little rumpled... but the strawberry tart is still in top form!
Mmmmm.. fresh sliced strawberries are kept moist with a thin fruit glaze and are nestled atop a bed of rich, creamy custard heavy with notes of Madagascar vanilla bean... mmmm!
The crisp flaky tart crust is cleverly kept crisp with a thin layer of white chocolate coating the bottom. Wish it extended up the sides as well, as the sides were a bit mooshy, after taking on some moisture from the custard.
Topped off with a small signature chocolate and a few whimsical dark chocolate swirls and what I think was a sugar decoration (which unfortunately didn't survive the trip), we all dug into this delightful confection... fresh strawberries, vanilla custard, crisp flan crust and chocolate = bliss. Nomnomnom!!!
Possibly the best place in Calgary to satisfy your sweet tooth and get amazing pastries and cakes made with passion, flair and style. Yumyumyum!
Manuel Latruwe Belgium Patisserie and Bread Shop
Address 1313 1 Street Southeast, Calgary, AB T2G 5L1
Phone (403) 261-1092
Hours Tues, Wed, Sat 7:30am-5pm, Thu-Fri 7:30am-6pm, Closed Mondays and Sunday
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