The Goods from The Bench Bakehouse
Vancouver, BC | Spring is in the air, and The Bench Bakehouse is celebrating with a delicious array of seasonal goodies including freshly prepared, bake-at-home, and decorate-it-yourself Easter sweets. From classic hot cross buns made with buttery, spiced brioche, to chocolate hot cross buns filled with Cacao Barry milk and dark chocolate, co-owner and baker Tracy Steele adds her creative, decadent spin to traditional delights for springtime festivities. In addition to her skillfully prepared baked goods, some of Tracy’s Easter highlights include: bake-at-home hot cross buns and croissants, Easter Stollen, passion fruit pavlova, and cheerful sugar cookies that are either hand decorated and ready to enjoy or packaged in a DIY kit for a creative afternoon at home.
The Bench 2021 Easter Offerings:
Hot Cross Buns
For both the traditionalist and the chocolate lover, these buttery buns are baked fresh daily.
Traditional Hot Cross Buns, $4.25 each or $16 four-pack: classic brioche filled with raisins, apricots and house-made candied lemon and orange.
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns, $4.25 each or $16 four-pack: Made especially for those who prefer chocolate to candied fruit.
Pull them from the freezer before going to bed, and these treats will be perfectly proofed the next morning ready to pop in the oven—perfect for Easter breakfast:
Hot Cross Buns, $16 four-pack: with spiced brown sugar glaze.
Croissants, $14 four-pack: made from scratch with high-quality butter.
Pain au Chocolat, $16 four-pack: filled with dark chocolate.
Easter Stollen, $20: Following a traditional recipe, The Bench’s signature Stollen only comes around twice a year. Tracy’s Easter version of this incredibly rich bread is studded with pistachios as well as rum-soaked apricots, cherries and cranberries then filled with made-from-scratch pistachio marzipan.
Cookie Kit, $30: The Bench’s popular cookie kit includes six freshly baked cookies in three different Easter shapes, piping bags of brightly coloured icing, decorative sugar, and Easter M&M’s.
Sugar Cookies, $5: Hand-decorated sugar cookies in bunny and egg shapes, each one completely unique and absolutely delicious.
Pavlova, mini $10 (serves 1-2); medium $35 (serves 4): A marshmallow-like meringue with a crispy shell, topped with passion fruit curd, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Available April 1-4.*
Easter treats will be available at The Bench Bakehouse (1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) as of March 19. Goodies can be purchased in store, or pre-ordered online up to a week in advance at thebenchbakehouse.com/order-online.
*Easter Pavlova will only be available for pickup April 1-4. Advance online ordering is highly encouraged as only a limited number will be available for walk-ins.