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Greenlee's Cinnamon Bread

How did I not know about this stuff until this weekend. I was at Farmer Joe's and there was a small display of it near the check out. I thought to myself, }Well that looks mighty tasty," and put the loaf onto the conveyor belt.

This is heaven in bread and insanely addicitive. They slice it really thin (probably for caloric reasons), but I have been hard pressed to stop at only 1 slice.

Holy cow, if you haven't tried, do!

Greenlee's Bakery
1081 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

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  1. It's even better lightly toasted and served with butter or cream cheese.

    1. The cinnamon bread long-famous at their bakery seems to be more widely distributed these days. I've seen it at the Temescal farmers market and I'm pretty sure Berkeley Bowl is now carrying it.

      1. I went to Berkeley Bowl today and (still stunned that I was immediately able to find a parking space) paused to collect my thoughts at the first place that I could do so without being in the way of other shoppers, which was in front of the bakery display. And there was a display of numerous loaves of Greenlee's cinnamon bread. BB managers must be reading Chowhound. Yes, it's very good, pricey, but very good. I used to be a fan of Semifreddi's cinnamon bread, but it's been transformed into "Semifreddi's sweetish stale-ish bread that had a little bit of cinnamon briefly brushed up against one edge". This is so much better....thanks for the tip.

        1. I recently ordered some of Greenlee's bread, and they called to tell me that I could also now purchase it at Andronico's in SF!

          1200 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          1. I just found this at the Whole Foods in Potrero Hill - picked it up on a whim because it looked good, and it really is! Hasn't even read about it on chowhound until now. I have been eating it for breakfast this week, telling myself that I'm having toast.....really it's more like coffee cake since it's so sweet.

            Not cheap at 6.99 a loaf I think, but the slices are thin and each one is delicious. It would make seriously amazing French toast.

            Dave MP

            1. WF carries only the Cinnamon bread so far (at least the one in San Mateo), but Greenlee's has been selling quite a few product lines at various farmer's markets. The one in Belmont had a lemon poundcake that was very nice and I really enjoyed their Banana nut bread (although way too sweet) that if it were much less sweet, would surpass those Artisan versions (fresh) from Peet's Coffee. I remember sampling the chocolate (pound)cake from Greenlee's and it too was splendidly decadent.


              1. It is ridiculous how delicious this cinnamon bread is. I haven't had the kind with Raisins but the other is part of my daily routine. In fact, there are two pieces digesting in my belly right now! Definitely worth the $5.99. I almost had a heart attack when I was at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago and it was buy one get one free. I think I bought every load they had there.

                1. Yeah, just had the stuff and it is ridiculous.

                  Dunno if they're in order, but did anyone notice how sugar comes *before* flour in the list of ingredients???!!!

                  1. Too heavy for breakfast. Kids love it toasted with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

                    1. I have been a fan of Greenlee's for at least 4 years now, and I can only imagine how much you're in love with it.

                      And right with ya, Dave MP. I HAVE made french toast with it, and it is SERIOUSLY GOOD. However, as many have said before, it is decadent, so Greenlee's French Toast is only for those days when you're REALLY craving something sweet and sticky and crispy to start off your morning (why anyone wouldn't want something sweet and sticky and crispy to start off every morning is an intirely different conversation)

                      Now that I think about it, it would probably make a mean bread pudding (though incredibly rich)

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                      1. re: seeingiTALL

                        I picked up a loaf when I was in the South Bay on Thursday, thanks to this thread.

                        Damn you, Greenlee's Chowhound thread. Thanks to you I have a new addiction. This stuff is good (and the people at that bakery are really nice to boot...)

                        1. re: Agent 510

                          i got a loaf today at berkeley bowl. it has an unusually addictive texture to it that i cant describe.

                          1. re: majordanby

                            It *is* very good. I picked up a loaf at Piedmont Grocery and they definitely have it at Andronico's as well.

                            1. re: PegS

                              Who has the best price?

                              I think I paid $7.50/loaf a month ago at the Berkeley,Telegraph Andronico's.

                              Very tasty,but not cheap.

                              However, it is kinda like a quality cinnamon roll in every slice.

                              1. re: Mission

                                It is $6.99 at CalMart in Laurel Village.

                                1. re: meggie t

                                  I just had to try this -- could not find it in bread section so asked clerk and he said it was on the shelving with the eggs. I got the cinnamon with raisins -- so good but expensive.

                                2. re: Mission

                                  I had a slice toasted this weekend, my first taste of this bread. A quality cinnamon roll in a slice is quite an apt description. I like the moistness.

                                  1. re: Mission

                                    $5.99 at New Leaf in Half Moon Bay...

                          2. Saw Greenlee's cinnamon bread at New Leaf Community Market in HMB for $6.29 for 1.5lb loaf. Didn't get it, but I do love Greenlee's cinnamon bread.

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                            1. re: hhc

                              i think the regular is $5.99, the one with raisins is $6.29, but I could be wrong.

                            2. I purchased some today at the CalMart in Laurel Village and I don't think it's all that great. For me, too much sugar and not enough cinnamon. My kids agree and asked me to make my own cinnamon bread tomorrow.

                              I don't think the slices are particularly thin; each one weighs about 2 ounces and according to the package has 32 grams of carbohydrate. This is equivalent to about two slices of regular bread.

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                              1. re: Euonymous

                                I've never bought a loaf but have tasted samples a number of times and have never found them to be great, just OK. Nothing like the (old?) Cinnabon rolls, just sort of sweet with some cinnamon flavor. Not worth the calories for me.

                                174 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

                              2. Agent 510-You mention they are nice to boot, very true, great service. Kind of funny but they also make a great breakfast burrito. The line in the morning is for either breakfast burritos and/or a loaf of cinnamon bread. Coffee is good too. Also great fruit danish.

                                1. Available @ Cupertino Farmers Mkt Wolfe & Stevens Creek on Friday, and Sunnyvale Farmers Mkt Evelyn & Frances on Saturday. It's similar in taste to Cinnabon sans the icing.

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                                  1. re: kemi5

                                    >It's similar in taste to Cinnabon sans the icing<

                                    That's (almost) enough to send me right out for a loaf. I remember Cinnabon in one of the Embarcadero buildings in SF as the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had. Are the remaining locations as good as they used to be?

                                    1. re: Mick Ruthven

                                      Can't answer your question, but I've seen loaves of Cinnabon bread at Walmart

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        >Cinnabon bread<

                                        Did you mean that? I've never heard of Cinnabon bread, only Cinnabon rolls in their own (or franchised) shops.

                                          1. re: rworange

                                            Thanks! I've never seen that. Is anyone able to compare Greenlee's Cinnamon Bread with Cinnabon bread?

                                            1. re: Mick Ruthven

                                              Can't tell you, but when I was at Berkeley Bowl today today they had both Greenlee and Cinnabon. While the ingredient list wasn't the worst, the Cinnabon had a list three times longer while Greenlee and things like eggs, sugar, etc. That is a heavy loaf.

                                              Coincidently, it seems Cinnabon also makes candy. The Berkeley Grocery outlet was selling it today 3 for $1. Again ... too much .... stuff in it. Some sorty of turtle-like candy.

                                      2. re: Mick Ruthven

                                        By the way, Cinnabon sells their Makara cinnamon via mail order. It's the best cinnamon I've had.

                                        1. re: waldrons

                                          >Cinnabon sells their Makara cinnamon via mail order. It's the best cinnamon I've had.<

                                          The cinnamon flavor in the rolls in their stores is (at least used to be) the best cinnamon flavor I've tasted. Their website says it's made with their own their own process, etc. But I couldn't find the Makara cinnamon as a product for sale on their website although recipes on the site call for it. Can you provide a link to purchasing it?

                                          1. re: Mick Ruthven

                                            Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I just looked and you're right! Last time I ordered, the web site said I had to call. Try their Customer Service phone at 1-888-288-ROLL (7655). I pray they haven't stopped selling it at all! I only have 2-1/2 jars left!!


                                      3. re: kemi5

                                        For the detail-obsessed, it isn't QUITE like a cinnamon roll - more like cinnamon bread than a roll - but it's pretty close. If the sugar/cinnamon-to-bread ratio were higher, it would be hard to put in a toaster.

                                        Each loaf seems kind of heavy when you pick it up - b/c of all the sugar?

                                          1. re: Agent 510

                                            Each loaf is at least 24 oz., which is a pound and a half. More than you might expect from a loaf of bread. I imagine it's a combination of the sugar, oil, and eggs that makes it so rich and heavy. But that seems to be why people like it.

                                            Melanie's right. Sugar holds moisture like no-one's business.

                                        1. Saw a stash of this at the Fairfield Costco today @ $4.99/loaf. Not sure how long they'll have it for or if this is the only Costco that has it in stock

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                                          1. re: josquared

                                            Saw it for the first time last week at the Redwood City Costco.

                                            1. re: josquared

                                              Also picked up a loaf at the Costco in Livermore. Love it toasted with peanut butter!

                                            2. Fremont Costco has it too, I got a loaf $4.99. I really like it, wish they had walnut inside though.


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                                              1. re: hhc

                                                SSF Costco only has the regular one; I LOVE the one with raisins. I think WF sells it here for $6.99. (WF also sells 1/2 loaves for $3.59 or so.) Toasted in toaster oven, makes the house smell WONDERFUL.

                                              2. $4.99 is a huge bargain! I can only find it for $7.99 at WF. But then again, I do live in IL.. so it is traveling far from CA. Enjoy it!

                                                The cashier says it makes the best french toast.