I could smell butter and sugar wafting from the Coach House Shortbread Company’s Tasting Event before I even hung up my coat. I couldn’t wait to sample the award-winning line of sweet and savoury shortbread.
Owner and baker Carl Stryg got started in the biz by experimenting with an old family recipe. He created a series of sweet and savoury shortbreads like no other. At first, his treats were gifts for family and friends. But soon, New York City stores were selling his shortbread, and now, the Coach House’s cookies are available across Canada.
This shortbread is nothing like the packaged cookies sold in the stores. Each shortbread has an intense flavour that crumbles on your tongue – as if fresh out of the oven. No “cookie-cutter” shortbread here!
To make our lives easier, the Coach House and sommelier Marliese Ponzo selected some wines to pair with these unique blends of shortbread:
Try pairing the Cheddar & Chipotle shortbread with Calera’s Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Vintage Chardonnay ($24.95). The wine’s lemony tang complements the smoky chipotle and sharp-aged cheddar shortbread to a tee.
Beware of this combo of Gorgonzola and Pistachio and 2009 Chapel Hill Shiraz ($25.95). The fusion of pistachio, lemon, and cayenne pepper with dark berry wine may leave you gobsmacked.
I finished off the tasting series with the Walnut and Bella Vitano, paired with Graham’s 20-Year Old Tawny Port ($36.96). Baked with an artisan cheese soaked in raspberry tart ale, this shortbread delivers hints of orange zest and caramelized onion. A glass of port brings out the fruity flavours in the shortbread – nothing short of fabulous.
The Coach House Shortbread Company will be at the One of Kind Show in Toronto (Nov 22 – Dec 2). The store is located on the east side of Carlaw between Dundas & Queen St, or you can place your order online. Purchases can also be made at Dinah’s Cupboard in Yorkville.
The Coach House Shortbread Company
235 Carlaw Ave
--- Lisa Jackson