Meet the passionate baker behind Sugar Loaf (but don't meet her in the morning)
Sugar Loaf's baker and entrepreneur Ana shares her passion for life through her pastries in Toronto's East End. We got a chance to sit down with her and dish some of that sugar!
What excites you the most about being a baker? Well NOT waking up early in the morning. I am not a morning person! But making good food, the artisanal way, and then seeing people pleased about having good food.
What is your biggest kitchen success? I'm really good at making pastries, laminated dough; croissants, danishes, I love it. I just know how to make them. I feel them. What about your biggest kitchen flop? Me making cakes! I'm awful! I made a simple carrot cake a couple of weeks ago and the thing got stuck in the mold!
So even the pro's have trouble! What advice could you give to some one starting out in this business? Follow your dream, because you need to have passion to work in this field. It's not easy. It's physically challenging, emotionally challenging. You really have to have passion and focus but if you love it, it is totally worth it. Do it!
Who taught you how to bake? Baking has always been my passion, I've been baking since I was a kid, but it wasn't a reality until I moved to Canada. Back in Brazil I worked in advertising!
Last question, what is your secret, store bought sweet? Marshmallows! First I hide them from the kids, then I broil them in the oven, so they get golden and then I just DEVOUR them!
Whether it's marshmallows or croissants one thing is certain, if you stop by Sugar Loaf today, you will DEVOUR everything this woman makes!