The Old Bread Factory
110-4211 106 Street Nw
Edmonton, AB T6J 6L7
I happened to be in Whitemud Crossing, and spotted this new bakery as I was leaving the area. Thinking only that it would be nice to pickup a fresh loaf of bread before heading home – I noticed that the smaller print stated The Original Mexican Style.
The inside is filled with display cases showcasing a massive assortment of cookies, pastries and breads. First – grab a tray and a pair of tongs, and load up! I didn’t count the number of options – but if memory serves, I’d say there were at least 80 different things to choose from.
My first unofficial Spanish lesson was at a Mexican bakery with a work colleague – as he explained that they often name pastries after things they resemble: Concha (shell), Cuerno (horns), Canasta (basket), tornillo (screw).
This cuerno (horn) looks similar to a croissant, but is made of a sweet dough. This particular variation was filled with your standard-issue bakery apple filling, and topped with shaved almonds.
The strawberry filled empanadas were freshly put on display as we arrived – so we opted for these over the pineapple, apple or Bavarian creme filled options.
I believe these are called pan fino – or loosely translated to ‘delicate loaf’. The sweet bread is filled with another slightly sweeter filling which can vary. I wasn’t paying attention when I picked this up – and had a tough time figuring out what the filling actually was… (pumpkin?) Regardless – this was my favorite of the bunch.
Visually resembling a danish, but texturally more like a cookie or biscotti. I could see this matching up really well with a cup of coffee.
And alas, what I was originally looking to buy – a nice loaf of multigrain bread. Delicious.
I should mention that there was a full assortment of shortbread, sprinkle covered and tri-colored cookies, small sampler pack baskets of goodies, and a coffee station. Each of the above treats were about a dollar and change, so I was in and out for well under $10. Definitely worth another visit to try some other treats. Any suggestions would be appreciated – as I really don’t think I can survive sampling all of them :-)