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Chocolate Babka

SarahKC Sep 29, 2007 07:50 PM

Can you recommend a source for chocolate babka? I hear that BiRite is making some now but it's not dense.

Thanks kids on behalf of me and my grandmother who would be offended by the idea that I live in a place without babka.

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    mchan02 RE: SarahKC Sep 29, 2007 08:31 PM

    I know there's a place in the outer Richmond, although I don't know the name or its address. I'll ask my friend for the info.

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      dreamsicle RE: mchan02 Sep 29, 2007 09:27 PM

      I remember seeing it on the menu at Saul's Deli in North Berkeley, though I've never tried it.

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        kungful RE: dreamsicle Sep 29, 2007 09:35 PM

        They do have Green's brand chocolate babka at Saul's
        You can buy a whole babka, frozen, but usually have to convince the cunter help that they do sell them that way.

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        mchan02 RE: mchan02 Oct 1, 2007 08:22 AM

        apparently they sell out very quickly.

        Tel Aviv Kosher Meats Deli & Restaurant
        2495 Irving St
        (between 25th Ave & 26th Ave)
        San Francisco, CA 94122
        (415) 661-7588

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        milklady RE: SarahKC Sep 29, 2007 11:52 PM

        They sell a packaged one at Berkeley Bowl that's actually delicious (and pareve if it matters to you).

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          SarahKC RE: milklady Sep 30, 2007 03:26 PM

          This is all great info. thanks. I'll post once I've gotten some.

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            zaftig RE: milklady Sep 30, 2007 06:44 PM

            That's actually the Green's brand from Brooklyn they have at Berkeley Bowl. Delicious, especially warmed in the oven until the crust gets a little crisp and the chocolatey parts get gooey. Has anyone tried Bi-Rite's attempt? How is it??

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            P. Punko RE: SarahKC Oct 1, 2007 01:08 AM

            I've seen a couple of kinds at Mollie Stone's. I think one is Green's. I can't remember which one I had, but I'm not a babka expert so I can't say how it compared to some of the famous New York ones. My feeling is that babka is a little bit of a very personal thing. The one I had was OK, but it didn't taste super fresh.

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              cheesecakeking RE: SarahKC Apr 24, 2011 10:03 AM

              Niles Pie Co. in Pleasanton makes a very good babka.


              Does anyone know of a good babka maker in the South Bay?

              1. jillyju RE: SarahKC Apr 24, 2011 12:11 PM

                I strongly recommend Wise Sons Deli. They are currently operating as a pop-up, open on Saturdays at 105 Valencia St @ McCoppin, inside Jackie's Cafe. The babka, either chocolate or chocolate with caramel, is out-of-this world good. Loaves are 11 or 20, or $3.50 for a generous slice. They are seeking a permanent spot, which I look forward to.


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