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Mike Jan 4, 2005 06:18 PM

I'm not sure I got the spelling right but does anyone know where I can get a Chocolate Babka (the highlight of one Seinfeld episode).

I think it's a Jewish cake.

Thanks - Mike

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    Nyleve Jan 4, 2005 06:24 PM

    You can get chocolate babka at Hermes Bakery (on Bathurst near Lawrence - can't remember if it's north or south of L.) OR at The Bakery Factory on the north side of Steeles between Bathurst and Yonge. Those two places for sure, but you can probably get it at any Jewish bakery.

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      MC Jan 4, 2005 10:42 PM

      Hermes is 6 blocks south of Lawrence off Bathurst at glengrove. Chocolate Babka is there.

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        Becca Jan 5, 2005 12:41 AM

        Its actually a eastern european cake (my polish family members and i make them in the easter season). don't have any good suggestions about where to find them since i just rely on our own but thought i'd clear up the background

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          J-lo Jan 14, 2005 09:14 AM

          Grodzinski's Bakery

          two locations:
          Bathurst at Ranee (west side) between Wilson and Lawrence

          Centre St just west of New Westminster in Thornhill

          Fully kosher bakery (closed on Saturday)

    2. shiro miso Dec 4, 2007 11:52 AM

      Hi Mike -

      I am also looking for this... is there anywhere further south that sells it? Anyone know?

      Thanks

      Shiro Miso

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        embee Dec 4, 2007 02:35 PM

        I don't know for sure, but it would be worth calling Harbord Bakery.

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          shiro miso Dec 5, 2007 07:10 AM

          That's awesome - thanks! Will call them.

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            Wylie Mar 8, 2008 09:57 AM

            I would encourage you to try the one from Kiva's at Bathurst and Steeles, however if you want more convenient I would find any What a Bagel (one at Yonge and Eglinton and many other locations), also Daiters on Eglinton is likely to have it. I'm a big Harbord fan but thats not the place for Bubka...even if they do have it.

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        embee Dec 4, 2007 02:34 PM

        I've been looking for a good one in Toronto for years and, to date, have never been satisfied. Most have been too dry and insufficiently eggy for my taste and many of the kosher ones are pareve (i.e., they contain no butter). My benchmark is from a New Haven Connecticut hole-in-the-wall, Mrs Gitlitz (who would have died decades ago).

        You'll find a variety of okay babkas at Granowska's on Roncesvalles. If anyone can recommend better Polish bakery sources in Toronto/Mississauga, please jump in.

        I've heard great things about the chocolate babkas at a Chasidic place in Montreal called Cheskes.

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          millygirl Dec 5, 2007 04:41 AM

          Thanks embee. I am going to be in Montreal in the next few weeks. I will check out Cheskes and report back. I love assignments!

        2. Maimonides Dec 5, 2007 05:31 AM

          Dear Mike,
          I bought a Chocolate Babka at Bagel Nash (formerly, What a Bagel) at Bayview north of Steeles, two weeks ago. BN is in the same plaza as Longo's, Ferrovia, Le Delice, etc. Their Babka's are very good, very old world, and seem to have rum or something in them. I've made them before, but never used the rum. BN is the place for you.

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            Strongbad789 Dec 5, 2007 11:44 AM

            Forgive my ignorance, but can anyone who's had both explain the difference between a chocolate babka and my current chocolate-and-bread favourite, chocolate buffalo from Haymishe bakery (or are they the same thing)? I find it hard to explain what exactly the buffalo is (beyond dough with chocolate inside) to other people, so maybe it's the same with a babka...

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              embee Dec 5, 2007 02:43 PM

              I have no idea what a chocolate buffalo is. Babka is a very generic term for an East European sweet bread, and there are many different types and many individual styles.

              My personal chocolate babka ideal would be a high loaf that is yeasty, eggy, buttery, and has dark chocolate shavings rolled into it. It is not too sweet and manages to be both flaky and fluffy at the same time. Creating this wouldn't be an easy task. I've never managed this myself.

              RIP Mrs Gitlitz

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                Wylie Mar 8, 2008 09:59 AM

                Chocolate buffalo is more like a Danish than the bubka which is a loaf/cake type shape...different consistency and flavours..but both excellent as dessert or decadent with morning coffee...

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                MsKnowItAll Dec 7, 2007 08:57 PM

                I've had the buffaloes from Haymishe, they are excellent. FYI - the only difference between the buffalo and the babka is the shape. Babkas are usually round, but sometimes made into a strip that you can slice similar to a strudel. Buffaloes are a single serving babka, that is if you can handle a whole one from Haymishe by yourself!

              3. JamieK Dec 5, 2007 03:02 PM

                I'm pretty sure Granowska's on Roncesvalles has babka, although maybe not chocolate. Haven't been in a while but they definitely had it for Easter.

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                Granowska's
                175 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

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                  Stewart Dec 7, 2007 05:35 PM

                  How about Kiva's (on Bathurst) chocolate babka.
                  It is one of my favs; try jamming a slice into the toaster long enough to heat up but not so much that it fills the toaster with melted chocolate !!!
                  ( I am such a meshugana (sp?!))
                  Enjoy

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                  MsKnowItAll Dec 7, 2007 09:00 PM

                  I found an excellent chocolate babka made by Tova's, you can get in at many European grocery stores and Galati's Foods. Comes in a round cake or a long strip that you can break pieces off of. Very dense, heavy with chocolate and worth every calorie. You can also get these at, of all places, T & T Market at Promenade Mall.

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