Blog - Portofino Bakery
Portofino Bakery is a wholesale bakery. We offer a full line of breads and buns, as well as speciality items like pretzel buns, ciabatta, & artisan breads.
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At Portofino we are a local business with strong roots in the community.  It is through this community support that we have been successful and grown to the thriving business we are today.  Over the next few months we are going to highlight some of the various community members who continue to support us and grow with us!

Keep an eye on our website and social channels, as we feature some of our favourite local companies and what they are up to! (and some of them are up to some wicked stuff!)

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This week we caught up with Peppers Foods and talked all things local and how they continue to support and build their community through various initiatives.

Peppers Foods has been a community staple in the heart of Cadboro Bay for the last 54 years.  Located just a few blocks from the beach and Gyro park, this grocery store is full of heart and takes a lot of pride in giving back and supporting their community.

Over the years, Peppers has built up a loyal customer base with many customers stopping by multiple times a week. It’s these relationships that influence the many community initiatives Peppers is involved in.

Most recently Peppers was a key part in having Buddy Benches installed in all the local schools in the area.  Buddy Benches is a program that prevents bullying and promotes inclusion in elementary schools. “We felt this was an important issue and something we could take action on and make an impact in the community” says Cory, the store manager.  The community feels the same way, and it’s these selfless acts that make Peppers a vital part of their community.

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Looking into 2016 Peppers is excited to host the annual Local Island Showcase happening in July, where local vendors promote their products.  “Our customers want local product, and it pushes us to seek out and support as many local vendors as we can” Cory told us.  Peppers recently added a full service meat counter to the store.  With this addition they are looking forward to expanding their house made sausage line and providing a large line of high quality meats to the community.

Peppers Foods carries a large line of Portofino products including products that you can’t get at some larger retailers, such as the Cheese and Garlic Pan Loaf, Cheese Kaisers, and all our French Loaves. Peppers truly is the heart of the Cadbro Bay Community, stop by, say hi and be sure to pick up a picnic lunch before checking out Gryo Park!

Its 10 days until Christmas, the lights are on the tree, your shopping is almost done, and the house smells of freshly baked holiday treats… or not. We get it, you get busy, life gets in the way and holiday baking gets pushed to the bottom of your to do list. Don’t fret we have you covered.

Our elves work hard baking goodies and cakes that will leave your family, guests, and colleagues wondering when you became a master baker.  These items are perfect for putting out for guests, gifting to party hostesses, or snacking on when you need a little energy boost shopping.

Cranberry Ginger Brioche Buns

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This bun is a cousin to the Hot Cross bun, similar in size however offering a sweeter more seasonal flavor.  These buns have a sugar topping which crystalizes in the baking process leaving you with the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

How to enjoy: Breakfast’s favourite dessert! Enjoy as a holiday brunch treat.


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Our short bread will melt in your mouth! We stick to the basics, using butter, flour, and sugar to make this English holiday staple.  This year we have added a Candy Cane flavor to the line-up, it’s soft and crunchy all in one bite.

How to enjoy: after a meal or a mid morning snack with a cup of tea.

Cranberry Ginger Cake

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Cranberry is one ingredient that sings Christmas to us here at Portofino, whether it is going in a cake, bread, or stuffing we just can’t get enough! This sweet treat combines cranberry and ginger in a cake, topped off with icing and a few more cranberries.

How to enjoy: as a dessert or afternoon entertaining square.

Nothing says Christmas time like Stollen here at Portofino Bakery.  For us Stollen has been a holiday tradition since we began in 2004, with many customers lined up to place orders in early November.  This dense bread has come a long way over the years, evolving from a dense fairly tasteless loaf in the 1500’s to what it is today: a sweeter loaf filled with all sorts of goodies like dried fruit and nuts or poppy seeds.


Stollen takes two days to make and starts out as a simple dough before we add in the dried fruit.  Next the stollen gets rolled out and formed by hand and the marzipan log gets added in the middle.  Its then off to the proofer overnight before it is baked off.  Once baked, the stollen gets coated in not one but two types of sugar and melted butter.

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The Stollen dough itself is actually very healthy and low in sugar.  By adding dried fruit, a marzipan log, and covering with powered sugar we make this dense loaf a sweeter more tasteful bread.  The finish product is a bread perfect for your next holiday brunch or post-dinner party dessert.  Stollen can be enjoyed on its own or toasted with butter or your favourite preserves.