Tasting the Filipino Ensaimadas at Heritage Baking

Chef Martha Ebro opened her Heritage Baking Company during the pandemic after she was layed off as a Pastry Chef at the Hyatt Regency downtown. She already had many years of experience working in kitchens at restaurants and catering companies, and the pandemic gave her the push she needed to start her own baking business.

Ensaimadas are soft and pillowy bun filled and topped with homemade ingredients such as Ube jam or Nutella or other fillings and then generously sprinkled with aged Gouda cheese or other toppings to complete the experience. In Vancouver these types of buns have been hard to find until now, Chef Martha and her team run their small bakery out of Coho Commissary where they make several different flavours of these buns available to pre-order for pickup and delivery. They also have a growing list of cafes around the city purchasing from them to sell in the cafes.

My favourites of the Ensaimadas that I tried were the Ube and Dulce de Leche, both sweet but both so good when warmed up. I also liked the Ultimate Cheese variety as a savoury option.

Martha’s company also makes Spanish Bread, Cruffins and a whole range of cakes. You can order from Heritage Baking Company here and follow them on Instagram @heritagebakingvancouver
By: Richard Wolak