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Oct 9, 2007 04:07 AM

Jewish corn bread

We've been talking about corn bread for quite some time here at work, and thought we had stumbled upon it (or at least what we remembered it to be fron Butterflake bakery inTeaneck. What we got was a huge loaf of bread, very heavy with a shiny light brown crust. When we tried to cut through it (very difficult), it had a decent taste, but we needed a hacksaw to get through the 1st 2 inches of it. This is not the cron bread that we remember from years ago. One of us is from NJ and other from NY and we remember the same bread. It was round (rye was long), it had a brown crust, it was relatively soft in the middle with cornmeal (Ithink) on the bottom of the loaf. I even remember the little paper stamp that was on the loaf. Anyone else have a recollection of this bread, and know if there is anywhere in NY/NJ that we can get this. I've put this on multiple boards for maximum exposure, sorry if you check them all THanks

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  1. Do you mean the kind of "corn"rye I'm familiar with, the kind you would get at a good deli or bakery that is more like rye than traditional "cornbread"? If so, you can get a good one at The Market Basket in Franklin Lakes NJ.

    1. I'm almost positive you can get it at Ostrovistsky's Bakery on Avenue J in Midwood, Brooklyn. (718) 951-7924

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        1. re: jnk

          and if you do don't miss DiFara for a decidedly tref pie! perfect pizza...

        2. re: bobjbkln

          I am sure you can get it on avenue grandpa used to take me with him to buy rolls and bread on Sunday. i don't know if it was the same bakery, but I am sure it is

        3. Mother's bakery in Riverdale has a pretty tasty corn rye... one of my staple finds upon moving here.

          1. Give me that corn bread slathered with sweet butter anytime. Yum. It's very hard to find nowadays, as there are so few old-style bakeries left, and even fewer that are any good. If you are on Long Island, try "The Bakery," either on Willis Avenue, in Albertson, or on South Oyster Bay Road, in Plainview. They definitely still sell it, but sometimes they run out.

            Bonus--if you are into Trader Joe's, there's one really close to the Plainview store, and what the heck, there's also a Fairway not far from there.

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            1. re: Shayna Madel

              what about Orwasher's
              78th St., between 1st and 2nd Ave.
              closer to 2nd

            2. Believe it or not, I've bought very decent corn bread at Zaro's in Penn Station in NYC. They actually had it with or without seeds (caraway I think). It is delicious with butter and I love it with leftover meatloaf or london broil.

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              1. re: Roz Raskin

                I second the corn bread at Orwasher's, see address above by Lettucepray

                1. re: hopegoode

                  I used to get my Corn Rye at J+D's on Queens blvd in REgo Park,. it was an old school jewish bakery near Knish Nosh for decades. The health dept closed it down about a month ago.

                  1. re: davidr1234

                    Didn't know that they finally closed down that dump. When I was a very young child (read over 45 years ago), my family lived in Rego Park and Mom got our birthday cakes there all the time. Apparently, in its day, this was a great bakery. I popped in there a few times maybe 5-6 years ago and each time took things home that turned out to be stale. Once it could happen, but not 2-3 or more times. That was it for me. The shame of it is, with all the bakeries in the area, there is no good bakery of that type in the Forest Hills/Rego Park area. And at the risk of sounding politically incorrect, it's not as if there aren't any old Jewish people around to support such a business...

                    1. re: davidr1234

                      Gee, your reply was ONLY 7 years ago,hahaha, J D was where we used to get our corn bread too and I'm still looking for it though it just may be one of those recipes that's gone extinct. Yes, I remember the place turning into a dump too.

                      1. re: jnk

                        Orwasher's on the ues still makes it.

                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          The Orwasher's corn bread isn't the same as those sold in the old Jewish bakeries from the 1950's -70's and truthfully, the "corn-rye that I'mm seeing/tasting isn't the same either. Corn bread was very dense with a crisp crust, no caraway seeds and wasn't called "corn-rye" back then.

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            I was in Orwasher's today and they said that the corn rye is only made "in the Spring".