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In search of brioche

Small Plates Nov 28, 2007 09:06 AM

Can anyone recommend a source for brioche? I have tried Lyndell's and LaCascia in Medford/Somerville and the local grocery stores. I haven't figured out where to look next. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!!

  1. heathermb Nov 28, 2007 09:08 AM

    Whole Foods always carries it. They'd probably also have it at Hi-Rise on Huron Ave.

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      Small Plates Nov 28, 2007 09:11 AM

      Never been to Hi-Rise. I will check it out. THANKS!! :-)

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        Pia Nov 29, 2007 06:26 AM

        Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave also has great square loaves of brioche, although I'm not sure where they get it from.

      2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 28, 2007 09:16 AM

        Clear Flour Bakery on Thorndike Street in Brookline (one block off Comm Ave near the Brookline/Allston line) does a fantastic brioche, both in a large round and as brioche de nanterre, in the sort of loaf shape. The bad news is that they only do them on Saturdays and Sundays, and the worse news is that they sell out quick.

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          deshuitres Nov 28, 2007 09:36 AM

          Hi-Rise on Huron Avenue does carry brioche- they have small and larger sizes

          1. finlero Nov 28, 2007 10:07 AM

            I like the brioche from Hi Rise a lot (not to mention the chocolate-filled brioche).

            Iggy's in Fresh Pond at least has brioche rolls (I don't recall seeing loaves).

            The bakery at Sel de la Terre does a great brioche as well.

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              finlero Dec 2, 2007 07:58 AM

              Was at Iggy's yesterday. They have two different size brioche loaves, including an almost alarmingly massive one.

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                deshuitres Dec 10, 2007 09:25 AM

                The last time that I had the brioches at Hi-Rise they tasted exactly like popovers- very disappointing.

              2. Small Plates Nov 28, 2007 11:00 AM

                Thank you to everyone for a strong list of go-to places that are all easily accessible for me.

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                  lergnom Nov 28, 2007 12:27 PM

                  Japonaise on Beacon and St. Mary's in Brookline.

                  Russo's almost always has brioche. I've never had theirs but their breads are generally good.

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                    teezeetoo Nov 28, 2007 01:12 PM

                    Clear Flour and Athans, both in Brookline, have been my mainstays. I would guess that Danish Pastry off Arlington Street in Iggy's old space might have something good too.

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                      Aromatherapy Nov 29, 2007 06:45 AM

                      OP: There's another Danish Pastry House on Boston Ave. in Medford Hillside. Don't know about brioche, though.

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                        finlero Nov 29, 2007 06:52 AM

                        I've never seen brioche at the DPH, although their breads are pretty universally good.

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                    Framinghound Nov 28, 2007 05:15 PM

                    In Framingham you can get brioche at B&R bakery.

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                      powella Nov 29, 2007 08:03 AM

                      The brioche rolls at Flour are heavenly.

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                        JennyL Dec 7, 2007 06:43 AM

                        Flour does a loaf, too, which is terrific and freezes well.

                        Formaggio, Hi-Rise, and canto6 for rolls are my favorites. The cream bread at Japonaise is also great--i use it for eating straight only. it's too good for anything on top.

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                      deshuitres Nov 29, 2007 09:50 AM

                      I second the Japonaise suggestion- it's not brioche, but they carry a sliced bread for toasting made with real cream called "Cream Bread" most surprisingly and when toasted exudes decadent rich flavour.It's addictive. They have a small outpost in the Porter Exchange building in Cambridge where they carry the bread but they do run out occasionally!

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                        StriperGuy Nov 29, 2007 09:56 AM

                        Now that you mention it, Yi Soon in Allston makes similar "Raisin Toast" and "Taro Toast" both are essentially brioche breads.

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                          Small Plates Dec 3, 2007 08:33 AM

                          WOW - that sounds delicious. I may shoot up there after work today and take a chance! Thanks.

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                            jonesg Dec 9, 2007 09:34 AM

                            Its pain au lait, instead of using milk and butter they just make it with heavy cream, its the same recipe as brioche but replace the eggs with cream.
                            I used to make it for all sorts of viennoiserie.
                            Its very expensive to bake.

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