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Hard-to-find specialty breads in Seattle? Esp. pumpernickel-raisin?

So, I'm from New York originally and there are certain things I therefore miss and crave all the time. Many of these are bread products.

Has anyone had any luck finding specialty Eastern European breads around Seattle or the Northwest?

Highest on the list: *pumpernickel raisin*. Would it kill some bakery to attempt such a thing? Oh the cravings. I've just gotten funny looks when I've suggested it to bakeries. Does anyone make it here? I know - I'm dreaming.

Next: Heavily-seeded rye bread.

I'll start with those.

(In the meantime, I slowly savor the slices from Orwasher's in NYC that I keep in my too-small freezer.)

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  1. seeded rye of the wonderful sour style seems hopeless (the schwartz brothers' version served at goldberg's and elsewhere is a pale imitation) but there is a wonderful, rich cherry pumpernickel available in cuts from a huge round loaf at tall grass bakery on 25th avenue in ballard that is worth the drive over - they do not send it out to any of their retail sources. they also make the best soft pretzel outside of pennsylvania.

    1. seeded rye of the wonderful sour style seems hopeless (the schwartz brothers' version served at goldberg's and elsewhere is a pale imitation) but there is a wonderful, rich cherry pumpernickel available in cuts from a huge round loaf at tall grass bakery on 25th avenue in ballard that is worth the drive over - they do not send it out to any of their retail sources. they also make the best soft pretzel outside of pennsylvania.

      1. I have had similar experiences both in Seattle and Portland locating true Old World breads. The best answer is: Try to learn how to bake it yourself.

        1. Tall Grass Bakery, which is actually on 24th ave NW in Ballard has several interesting rye breads- all rye with lots of seeds and great pumpernickel ....

          1. There are a scattering of Eastern European groceries/delis in the area. For example, just off of Aurora near the Sams Club (about 130th). In Lynnwood, there's a Vietnamese owned produce stand with a selection of EE groceries and baked goods (Star Produce) - a block south of the Trader Joes.

            paulj

            1. If you are looking for east coast deli rye with caraway seeds try Snohomish bakery and cafe in snohomish. I Bake it and I promise it is what you are looking for. And as for pump raisin, I used to make it at a bakery I worked for in Michigan and it is a good combo. The rye is available wed-sun. If you want to make the trip call ahead so we save you a loaf.

              1. Ooh, fantastic! I will try it next time I'm going through Snohomish County at a decent hour.

                I bought a loaf of caraway rye at Borracchini Bakery on Rainier yesterday. Not bad for the Pacific Northwest!

                1. This is two years later and in Portland, but Pearl Bakery sells a great rye bread:

                  http://www.pearlbakery.com/

                  "VOLLKORNBROT
                  Another traditional, old world, German whole grain rye bread, lighter in color than Roggenbrot, and with the addition of steel cut oats. This bread is time-consuming to make and requires an aging period of at least two days before it can be sliced. Slice it very thin and enjoy with butter and marmalade or soft, fresh cheeses. Keeps in a paper bag for weeks. Does contain trace amounts of wheat. Available upon request or at the baker’s whim. Sold by the pound."

                  It's sold at the Portland Farmers Markets and at the Pearl Bakery store. It's my favorite bread!

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                  1. re: Eliza828

                    The NY Deli in the Market has seeded rye that I think they are importing from New York.

                    1. re: FoodDee

                      the deli in the economy arcade at the pike place market is called "i love new york deli" and, mirable dictu, has all his breads baked here using his own recipes. the seeded rye is superb as is his pumpernickel though it has neither raisins nor any other fruit; all breads are available by the loaf.