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Acme vs. La Farine baguette tasteoff

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Robert Lauriston Apr 23, 2006 06:16 PM

I kept hearing about how great La Farine's baguettes were, so to go with a big spread of cheeses yesterday I supplemented our standard Acme rustic sweet baguettes with La Farine's regular and rustic sweet baguettes.

No contest, not even close, Acme had much better flavor. Seems like it's probably the quality of the flour but I don't really know.

The La Farine regular had a nice even dense crumb that would make it more suitable for fondue.

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    Morton the Mousse RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 23, 2006 06:20 PM

    La Farine is good for sweet pastries and breakfast goodies, but their bread doesn't come close to Acme.

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      oakjoan RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 23, 2006 08:56 PM

      I agree. La Farine makes scrumptious morning buns. They are verrrrry rich, but soo good. Their baguettes don't thrill me. The Acme sweet baguette, especially when bought at Cedar and San Pablo amid the smells of baking bread, is still the La Veritable Reine de Baguette.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 24, 2006 11:40 AM

        I didn't really expect to be impressed, but I wanted to make sure there wasn't anything to the claim.

        Their croissants, pain au chocolat, etc. are the best.

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          chocolatetartguy RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 24, 2006 08:25 PM

          They also make my favorite local cookie, the Jezebel: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts. Dense, chewy, nutty, sweet and more nutritional than the wonderful morning buns.

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          amyd RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 24, 2006 12:05 PM

          I agree that Acme is best overall, but I'm wondering which La Farine baguette you used in your comparison test. Although La Farine's sweet and sourdough baguettes aren't particularly notable, the rustic baguette is a worthwhile purchase.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: amyd Apr 25, 2006 12:16 PM

            Like I said in the original post, regular and rustic sweet.

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