FU Omicron: sweets for the sweet

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Here’s a short list of some of my favourite sweets to enjoy with a good cup of coffee — and to counter the sour Omicron taste in your mouth.

Kouign-amann at Ambrosia
The kouign-amann is magical when it comes to laminated doughs and the way butter and sugar play together. Essentially a croissant with yeasted dough and butter, the kouign-amann (pictured above) has lots of sugar which helps produce a thick, chewy-crunchy and caramelized morsel. It’s awesome.

Sweet pastry at Queen Shawarma and Kebab
There are several sweet pastries you will find in this small take-away store near the old bus terminal on Charles Street and Ontario. There’s bahklava but also other Turkish delights (including vegan versions) such as revani, a cake-like square, and tatli, a sort of Turkish churro with sugar syrup.

Revani, bahklava, tatli from Queen Shawarma (andrewcoppolino.com).

Viennoiseries at Ghost Light Cafe
As part of this genre, croissants are a laminated pastry that first appeared on the global scene at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that they became the flakey, butter-rich creations we enjoy today. Ghost Light has pain au chocolat too.

Ghost Light croissant and pain au chocolat (andrewcoppolino.com).

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