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Jan 14, 2008 08:19 AM

Clear Flour Golden Fruit Tea Bread

I just need to sing the praises of the golden fruit tea bread at Clear Flour, which is only available on Sundays. It's an eggy, buttery bread baked in a pannetone paper, loaded with golden raisins, dried apricots, and dried pear. I used to be so addicted to it that I could pretty nearly demolish an entire loaf in one sitting. And to add to its glory, I have discovered that it makes the best bread pudding ever.

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  1. Clear flour has awesome breads. If you get a chance you should try their olive and rosemary bread or rolls. They are tasty, soft and delicous! I could definitely finish a full loaf of most of their breads in one sitting!!

    1. I didn't even have to read the description - just the title of this post had my mouth watering. I am going to set my alarm and drag my hungover self down there this weekend. Thanks for the heads up!

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      1. re: jsjs09812

        We'll probably stumble into each other on the way in. This bread sounds ideal with cheese, and I've got a nice little wedge of brie snoozing in my cheese drawer.....

      2. allstonian, we made it to clear flour today (first time in ages!) and fought the line, and were rewarded with a golden tea loaf which my gf remembered from this thread. my goodness, it's every bit as good as you say. kind of like a brioche, kind of a like an orange flower water bread we make, with a light sweet glaze--what a great bread. bread pudding sounds like it would be decadent, though frankly i'm not sure the loaf will survive long enough to make it to that stage. thanks for bringing our attention to this little gem!

        1. I am but one person and cannot justify buying a whole loaf of this, but if anyone is there tomorrow and would like to share a loaf, please give me a shout :)

          1. It pains me deeply to bump this old thread in order to share the news that although it had been a Sunday staple for at least a decade, Clear Flour has stopped making the goden fruit tea bread because it wasn't selling well any more.

            I admit that it's been long enough since I myself visited on a Sunday and bought a loaf, that I don't know exactly when this unhappy change took place. I stopped in last Sunday and noticed there was none on the shelf, and learned the sad news when I asked. They still have amazing morning buns and some of the best croissants in the city, but it saddens me to lose this unique and delicious bread.

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            1. re: Allstonian

              My dad was a huge fan of the tea bread and I just learned about its demise a couple of weeks ago. Clear Flour is hands down my favorite local bakery but I can't help but wondering if poor sales were really the reason they discontinued the bread. The reason I say that is because the past couple of times I've gotten their fruit and nut breads--the Paris Night and the New England Night--I've noticed that they are much lighter on fruit and nuts than in the past. Even the morning buns with nuts are much less nutty nowadays. My suspicion is that they can only charge so much for a loaf so one way to keep the price down is to cut back on the more expensive components. With all the different fruits in the Golden Fruit Tea bread, it may have gotten cost prohibitive to keep it in the rotation. Has anyone else noticed this trend at Clear Flour?

              1. re: Velda Mae

                The morning bun I had yesterday was as packed with walnuts as ever, and the mini loaf of the new cinnamon-raisin swirl bread (which was amazing) had plenty of both.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  Just to be clear: we haven't gotten the cinnamon raisin bread before - that's my fault, because I'm not always a fan of the genre - but it's hardly new. It certainly is excellent, though!

                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    That is so good to know. Thanks! Is the cinnamon raisin swirl a Sunday-only bread or do they have it other days of the week?

                    1. re: Velda Mae

                      Saturdays and Sundays. I'm the only one in the house who eats this (my wife doesn't like sweet breads) so I buy the full-sized loaf, slice it up, and freeze it in small packets. Toasts up beautifully straight from the freezer!

                      1. re: Velda Mae

                        According to their website, the raisin cinnamon bread is available both Saturdays and Sundays.