130 W15th St
North Vancouver, BC
North Vancouver’s Laleh Bakery specializes in Persian cookies that you serve to accompany traditional afternoon tea. These melt-in-your-mouth treats pair well with tea drinking. They come in a variety of textures that complement the ritual – often slightly dry, flakey, and grainy – with crunchy punctuation provided by walnuts, or pistachios. Some are sticky sweet, or are covered in powdered sugar.
Butter and semolina lend their richness, and the subtle flavour of cardamon or rosewater permeate many of these confections. Date and fig jams are used as spreads sandwiched between cookie rounds or as fillings. Preserves such as apricot, or berry jam serve to fill thumbprint indentations.
These treats are surprisingly inexpensive – ranging from around $6 to $15 for a mix and match box. If this is your first time here, get the small box and fill it with a variety. You will quickly find your favourites. Mine is an unnamed light coloured meringue-like date cookie that is just sweet enough to satisfy.