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Léché Desserts

Custom gourmet desserts have been popping up all over for the last few years; bakeries specializing in cupcakes, patisseries specializing in “Macarons” (French Parisian accent) and of course let’s not forget the gourmet doughnut shops with all their wacky flavour combinations.  On a rainy Friday afternoon after a delicious lunch at Campanelli’s, my best friend and I trekked the few blocks to Léché Desserts to taste their treats.  As a food blogger and food enthusiast, I am always hearing about new places and heard a lot of amazing things about Léché Desserts, so naturally I had to visit and taste for myself. 
Walking up the block we couldn’t help but notice how strange the neighbourhood seemed for a gourmet doughnut shop.  I know that the area is up and coming, however it just felt weird walking across train tracks to taste a doughnut.  As we walked up the stairs and entered the charming building, our noses were greeted with the most delicious smells of freshly baked doughnuts. Considering it was two in the afternoon, the doughnut options were extremely limited, we only had three options; lime coconut, P B and J and apple crumble.  We ordered one of each to share and quickly grabbed a seat. 

Lime Coconut

I wasted no time and dug right into my lime coconut doughnut.  The deliciously crispy coconut crusted exterior sprinkled with crispy candied lime zest was a perfect complement to the soft gooey center. It was more than delicious and I enjoyed every last bite of the tasty little treat.  The coconut and lime flavours were paired perfectly, I could have had a second but unfortunately there were none. 

Peanut butter and jelly

The P Band J doughnut was really sweet.  We liked it but nowhere near as much as the lime coconut.  The cracked peanuts all over the doughnuts was a little over kill and the creamy peanut butter and jelly center was too much and way too sweet.  I was glad I hadn't ordered this as my only option as I was only able to manage one or two bites and gave the rest to my friend to finish. She enjoyed it but agreed that it was way too sweet and had to remove some of the peanuts. 

Apple crumble

The apple crumble doughnut was a total miss, I don’t know if it was a bad batch but we found it to be completely inedible and tossed it out.  The crumble exterior was a great idea, the center on the other hand wasn’t. The apple center was not what we expected it to be.  Instead of being apple flavoured compote with diced apples, it tasted of pure soap.  Not sweet, not bitter but soap.  I was certain that this was a mistake or a bad batch until the couple next to us noticed that we were not enjoying the apple crumble and informed us that they just had the same experience with the lemon meringue doughnut.  They said it was inedible and so sour that it hurt.  We were both so very disappointed, two out of three doughnuts were total misses, the third was a huge hit thought!  I am willing to give Léché Desserts another try as they do have a much larger variety of doughnuts which I would like to try, I have to at least try a chocolate or maple flavoured one before I make my final judgment.  I guess for now I would not consider myself a fan of Léché Desserts, but hopefully when I am in the area again they will have more variety and convert me.    

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