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kritafo Dec 12, 2007 12:00 PM

I have been trying to find good Poppyseed Challah since I moved to Calgary quite some time ago. It's doesn't have to come from a kosher bakery just good poppyseed egg bread

I tried some at the new bakery in Varsity NW but it wasn't very good. Plus they put lots of their fresh bread in bags so they lose the crusty texture.

any suggestions?

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    marcopolo RE: kritafo Dec 12, 2007 12:34 PM

    i've been trying to find any challah since i moved to calgary... i think we're out of luck unfortunately.

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      alex8alot RE: marcopolo Dec 12, 2007 01:33 PM

      I would have to agree. The one they sell at Community Foods isn't any good either, can't remember hte actual bakery name.

    2. maplesugar RE: kritafo Dec 12, 2007 03:44 PM

      Not sure about kosher, but I'd check Manuel Latruwe, or maybe Lakeview Bakery? I saw braided egg bread at Planet Organic the other day too but I couldn't tell you if it was good/bad.

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        cdn RE: kritafo Dec 12, 2007 04:04 PM

        Try the Carriage House Inn, they have a very, very good Kosher bakery in the hotel and sell their goods at a bakery counter in the lobby. Although I have no idea if they carry challah, but its worth a try. 253-1101 and if they dont they could probably point you in the right direction.

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          aktivistin RE: kritafo Dec 12, 2007 04:15 PM

          Perhaps you could request a poppyseed brioche from Manuel Latruwe or Ladybug. I know it's not quite the same as challah since it has both butter and milk in it, but the egg-y, rich brioche could tide you over until you find the real thing.

          1. weinstein5 RE: kritafo Dec 12, 2007 05:56 PM

            I was in Calgary about a year and went to a very good kosher bakery called Barel's and Nosh 131, 2515 90 Avenue SW (403) 238-5300 - I did not get the challah but the other bread was very good.

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              caseygirl RE: weinstein5 Dec 12, 2007 07:27 PM

              Canyon Meadows Bakery 11625 ELBOW DR SW (at Southland) 403-281-3313 does an eggy chewy challah - I order a few loaves at a time for Friday - not sure if it is a stock item you may want to call them -
              Carriage House has their kosher bakery on Friday's only - they have a good challah - not as eggy as I like though.
              If you go to Barel's I find Thursday afternoon you can get their challah almost straight from the oven - terrific when that fresh and freezes like a dream - their pita is terrific also - has a bit of a tang to it - their roasted eggplant is wonderful -

              Rustic Sourdough on 17th has challah they call it (egg bread) stock item I believe
              Sunterra (17th) Signal Hill Location - has a nice looking challah, the traditional 5 strands of braiding - and a good thick crust - I just picked some up on Tuesday.

              - I purchase the plain or sesame not sure which places carry poppyseed, however maybe they could accommodate you - if you called ahead -

              I was told by a couple of bakeries that challah is best when there is a steam process to baking - not all bakeries can accommodate this process -
              I don't understand that - I usually take a spray bottle of water and just spray it throughout the baking -

              I agree that the one sold at Community Foods (also at Lina's) is terrible - sweet and gummy -

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              kritafo RE: kritafo Dec 13, 2007 05:05 AM

              Ohh Excellent. I have tried the Lakeview bakery, Planet Organic and a few others. Most I agree aren't eggy enough or don't have the poppyseed, but I will try the others that I haven't

              Thanks so much. I miss knowing that I could go to the bakery at 2pm on certain days of the week, hot out of the oven Challah.

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                caseygirl RE: kritafo Dec 13, 2007 05:59 AM

                I have gotten hot out of the oven by going to Barrel's at that time - however, if you want to make sure I wasn't just lucky - give them a call before 238-5300 - good people, nice family -

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                  kritafo RE: caseygirl Dec 13, 2007 06:23 AM

                  Thanks caseygirl! I will give them a call. It's funny I keep telling my kids how good Challah is and I think they don't believe me... haha!

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