Purebread Whistler Baking
A highlight of a recent trip to Whistler was my morning spent perusing the farmers market held every Sunday from June until October. While I happily frequent the local Kits and West End markets, the Whistler iteration is like a Vancouver market on steroids, filling the entire Upper Village with row upon row of merchants selling their fresh and tasty wares. Whenever I visit a new market, my first task is always to do a lap and scope out the vendors to see which have the longest lines; with so much overlap its best to trust locals to point you in the right direction. As a baked goods enthusiast, I made a beeline for the bakeries and found Purebread’s well-designed and overflowing kiosk to be the most popular. With such a tremendous selection of products available, both sweet and savoury, I had a difficult time deciding what to try. I settled on a piece of chili cornbread — my favourite savoury treat — and a lemon lavender mini loaf that was too beautiful not to purchase. The cornbread was moist and flavourful with just the right amount of chili to spice things up; I think this may have been the best cornbread I’ve ever had. The loaf also didn’t disappoint and tasted as delectable as it looked. The unique pairing of lemon and lavender was unusual but delicious and its charming presentation makes this loaf an excellent hostess gift. While I was yearning to try some of their bread offerings, including the cheddar jalepno and the buckwheat sour cherry pecan, I was staying at a hotel and unfortunately had no use for a large loaf. I was excited to discover, however, that my new favourite bakery is well represented at Vancouver’s farmers markets and I can continue to sample their excellent goods without having the make the trek to Whistler.
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