Jfood to Kneaded Bread (P'Chester) - Great, Good and Not So
Well Jfood made it to Kneaded Bread in Portchester NY this weekend. As he was walking to the front door he remembered Mrs. Jfood mentioning a great bakery on this street last summer and did not put 2 and 2 together until he walked through the front door. At first he was a little nervous because all he saw was bread, no pastries, no cupcakes, just bread. But this was a bread lover’s Nirvana.
He took his spot in line and looked through the case and saw the beautiful pastries on the right hand side but still no pastries. What the heck, at least he would enjoy these. So when he was next in line he ordered a croissant, a chocolate croissant and a heart shaped brownie. As the woman was placing in the bag he spotted the cupcakes on the other side of the counters. So he wondered over to see what was there. And yes there they were cupcakes and pastries. The lady came over and Jfood ordered three cupcakes as well.
On the way to the Stamford mall Jfood started sampling his goodies. First bite into the croissant was heaven, flaky, buttery and perfect on the outside. Well this can go back in the bag so Jfood can try the chocolate croissant. One bite into this morsel and Jfood could not stop. He finished the whole thing before he knew it. It was fantastic. Then back to the croissant. As he took a few more bites it lost a little of its luster. Although the two ends were absolutely perfect, unfortunately the fat part was undercooked and the inside was not flakey at all. Jfood understands this is probably a fluke but this was not a complete package. Next Jfood reached into the bag and took a piece of brownie and took a taste. Bingo. This was the best brownie Jfood has tasted since his days in NJ when he made them himself. In fact, the recipe tasted like Jfood's old favorite.
Now onto the cupcakes. The first try was the chocolate cake with pink frosting. This was very disappointing. The cake was dry and not very chocolaty. And the icing was way too sweet. Next cupcake was a vanilla cake, vanilla frosting and chocolate jimmies (sprinkles). Cake was nice, nothing special and the icing again was way too sweet. Both Jfood and little Jfood could not finish. Last was the vanilla cake with milk chocolate icing. The cake on this was very good and you could at least taste the chocolate in the icing, but once again way too sweet.
Jfood will definitely go back and give it another try, the right side was fantastic, but the left side did not live up to the expectations.
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glad you tried it. I've actually never tried anything from the "left" side. Where the sweeter stuff resides. Well, not true, I guess, because I've had their brownies, which, as you say, are tremendous.
I like their rye breads, rustic loaves, round country loaves, aged provolone bread, olive breads, etc. Actually, I like pretty much all of their breads except their baguettes. Those are still good - better than what you find around here normally - but not great in my opinion. I actually don't know if I've had a great baguette in the NY area. But everything else is good.
Some other things to try. Their "sticky buns" are awesome, as are their almond croissants. My daughters get the donuts and they are actually very good. The jelly and chocolate brioche is good too. Oh, and try their hot chocolate. Excellent.
You have to try the provolone bread there, thats out favorite. The brioche "jelly dougnuts" are also a charm, but not if you expect a traditional jelly doughnut since they are a on the yeasty side.
Not a big fan of much of their sweets, including the cupcakes, very dry -- not a shock that you didn't have as much fun on "that" side of the counter.
I agree with the provolone bread recs it has an intenseness that will make your entire car smell like a cheese shop. If there is any leftover, try toasting it the next day....divine!
I also love their olive bread and their multi-grain rolls. Next time I go I will try a brownie, although I doubt it will beat my own recipe :) They also make great sandwiches which are in the refrigerated case on the left where the beverages are. I believe they are only a limited amount and not made to order.
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