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bakeries with the best Bear Claws?

RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 07:25 AM

What bakeries in the Greater Boston & suburb area are recommended for Bear Claws?
Also, are Bear Claws a bit apple-y?

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  1. itaunas RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 07:53 AM

    Bear Claws in cafes are often sourced from larger commercial bakeries. Some of the local Italian bakeries do offer them. I find them a bit sweet for my tastes -- and generally they are doughy, with a bit of cinnamon, and thick white glaze. Can't think of ever having them with apple, but there are similar pastries made from same dough with clear glaze and apple. As noted above, I am not a huge fan, but think that Roma Bakery in Woburn used to do a good job with them (its been a while). I swear I have seen them at La Contessa in Davis Sq, but the Italian bakeries I frequent more do not regularly carry them. The phone number of both of these should be pretty easy to find.

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      Blumie RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 08:03 AM

      Bear Claws usually are filled with almond pasted and coated with almonds, although they can be made with raisins and/or dates. They are not apple-y.

      1. CocoDan RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 08:59 AM

        Two good choices would be: White's Bakery of Hingham and Brockton and Fratelli's in Quincy. Both are good (and fattening). Enjoy!

        1. gansu girl RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 11:48 AM

          No apples in bear claws . . . not sure, but Lyndell's in Somerville might have them (and if they do, I bet they'd be GOOD).

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            Joanie RE: gansu girl Feb 27, 2007 05:26 AM

            I bet Boschetti's in Roslindale has them. Maybe Diane's too. And Kupel's?

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            twentyoystahs RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 27, 2007 10:08 AM

            Are we thinking about the same Kupel's? In Brookline? IIRC they make bagels and only bagels. Definitely no bear claws.
            I've gotten them before from Mike's Pastry --in the North End. However, I'm not sure if they're a regular item. You'd have to give them a call to check.

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              Joanie RE: twentyoystahs Feb 27, 2007 10:39 AM

              Kupel's has a ton of pastries, rugelach, cookies, black & whites, other danish type stuff.

            2. Gio RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 28, 2007 03:04 AM

              The Panera Bread Co. has Bear Claws: "Made with an almond filling, drizzled with icing & sliced almonds." There's one in Saugus, but I think there are a few other locations in the Boston area.

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