So, as you read, on Thursday I went to Creston with my dad and we had a great lunch at the Creston Valley Bakery & Deli (no web site - come on guys, get with it!). In addition to the desserts we had with our lunch, I bought a small selection of other items on offer from the bakery.
L- R, starting at top: Skor Bar Square, Rocky Road Square, Chelsea Bun, Coffee Cake Bun, Bear Claw (hidden slightly).
First of all, take note of how yellow the dough is in the last three items. I strongly suspect that this is due to using local farm-fresh eggs, and not crappy mass-produced chicken farm eggs from the local overpriced grocery store. Beautiful, isn't it?
I have to admit we actually indulged in a second dessert after having our initial dessert. I was really eager to try out the Bear Claw as I have fond memories of Bear Claws I used to get when I lived in Ottawa from the Rideau Bakery. This Creston Valley Bear Claw had a date filling that was subtly spiced with probably cinnamon, and had fondant and a streusal topping. It was seriously good, but not as good as the ones from Rideau.
Once we got to the summit of Kootenay Pass, we got out the rest of the baking. To start things off, we tried the Rocky Road Square. Chocolate base, marsmallows, nuts, and sweetened condensed milk in there somewhere. Coconut, chocolate chips, sliced almonds. DECADENT. We both loved this bar.
Next up, the Skor Bar Square. I knew I would love this as the girl was lifting it off its tray in the display case to put in my box - it was so gooey she had trouble getting it out! Upon sampling, Dad and I were in heaven. Skor bars are my dad's favourite, so he was even more over the moon than I was. Chocolatey, caramely bliss, lemme tell ya! DIVINE!
Next we sampled the Chelsea Bun. I've never had one before and don't recall ever seeing one in a bakery before! I think they're kind of old fashioned. Made from soft possibly danish dough, Chelsea buns have candied fruit dotting them and this one was topped with some fondant and apricot glaze. It was really good! I might have to try making these sometime.
Finally, the Coffee Cake Bun. Made with a similarly soft dough - like I said, probably a danish dough - it was much like a cinnamon bun with a coffee & cinnamon-flavoured filling, topped with fondant and streusal topping. It was really yummy and we both enjoyed this very much. Might have been better with a nice hot drink, but still, it was tasty.
The Creston Valley Bakery & Deli is a definite recommend in my books!