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Dec 7, 2005 05:59 PM

Jewish Rye “Cornbread”

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Can anyone point me to a bakery in Brooklyn or Manhattan that makes a type of dense Jewish rye bread we used to call “cornbread”? (It’s nothing like southern style cornbread.) I posted the question to Chowhound's Kosher board a few days ago, and got some suggestions (thank you!), but it occurred to me that there may be some hounds who know what I'm looking for but don't frequent the Kosher board. Note that it doesn't matter if it's actually "Kosher" in the strict sense of the word.

Many thanks!

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  1. I'm sure that if you posted this on the Kosher Board that they mention Ostrovitsky's Haemishe Bakery on Ave. J (just two blocks from DiFara's if you are not kosher). They have the best Jewish style breads in NYC.

    1. I think the phonetic "korn" is the rye grain - not maize or corn as in American corn, so you just want to ask for a very dense rye. I have vauge childhood recollection of calling rye bread "kornbread".

      1. I believe that Orwasher's on East 78th Street carries it. Good, old-fashioned Jewish rye.


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        1. re: Deenso

          Absolutely, Orwasher's is the real deal when it comes to Jewish cornbread. You need hot, strong coffee in order for it to soften enough to get down your throat. It is to die.

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          ChowFun (derek)

          I like "Gertel's" on the lower east side...terrific breads, you can get Cornbread with or without "seeds".

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          1. re: ChowFun (derek)

            I think a "cornbread" is included in the Silver Bell line of Lithuanian ryes sold loose around NYC, so you might look out for these. Also take a look at the stores, Zabars, etc. that accumulate the best breads from all over -thats also a likely source.

          2. If you find yourself on Long Island, go to Wall's Bakery in Hewlett. Excellent kornbread, rye bread, raisin pumpernickel and all the rest...Jewish carbohydrate heaven!!!!

            Kornbread differs from rye bread to me in that it seems a bit more "sour" and dense, as you say.