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Jun 17, 2008 05:34 PM

Challah and brioche, where to get it FFD

I want the real deal please!~

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  1. the two best breadmakers are

    Beldottis on Newfield in STM
    SONO Bake Shoppe

    Also NB, didn;t the bread lady from SONO move to the place at Bull's Head?

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    1. re: jfood

      Yes but honestly I haven't tried the bread yet, I always go to the shopping center for bagels not bread. I will try it sometime soon, thanks

    2. jfood...thanks for letting us know about brioche at Beldottis. Is it really "the real deal"? The New Canaan farmer's market guy used to make it, but it was HORRIBLE. His olive and ciabatta loaves are far better. SONO doesn't have brioche on a regular basis, but you can call them to see if they've made any, or you can request it for a specific date.

      In a pinch, you can buy Balthazar Bakery Brioche at Whole Foods. I have, at times, actually gone down to Balthazar in SoHo just for a decent loaf of Brioche. That IS the real deal. I've bought the bagged brioche at WF and it's fine. Hope this helps.

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      1. re: luvarugula

        luvarugula: I also tried the NC farmer's market bread and it wasn't good at all. defintely not enough butter, it wasn't yellow enough for a challah type bread.

        1. re: luvarugula

          jfood is not recommending beldotti's for brioche, but breads, sorry for the confusion, but he has never had a brioche there.

          BTW - the guy at NC Farmers market is Beldotti's according to some research by Amanda on these boards.

          1. re: jfood

            Hello everyone :) I actually haven't seen if the NC market guy has challah or brioche - but his other breads are fabu.

            As an aside, there's been a lot of press about Wave Hill breads lately. I think they're located on 7 towards Wilton? I did see WF carrying their breads as well. Maybe it would be worth calling them to see if they make what you're looking for nbermas.

            1. re: amanda3571

              Unless there were some recent changes, Wave Hill only makes one kind of bread (but they make that one very well.)

              1. re: lattelover

                Admittedly I've never had their bread. Just heard some good stuff.

                1. re: amanda3571

                  Wave Hill has a permanent booth at the Westport farmer's market (Thursday's for sure). It's true that they only make one kind of bread, but they bake it in a variety of shapes, and it is really delicious. Baguettes, rounds and that "donut" shape, for those who like extra crust.

                  I just heard about that place in Fairfield, too. Here's the website:
                  I'm sure they will have brioche at some point...what's a French bakery without it?

                  1. re: luvarugula

                    My family and I loved Isabelle et Vincent! We tried many items, including the Pain au Chocolat, homemade sorbets and ice creams and a wonderful specialty cake. I recommend you give them a try.

        2. for brioche, you may want to call the new Isabel et Vincent in Fairfield. It's a french patisserie, so I would imagine they would have it. I plan to stop by there sometime soon but have not yet had an opportunity to go.

          1. Judie's in New Haven. GREAT Challah and Brioche Am not a fan of their lunch, a bit overpriced. I wouldn't recommend Isabelle et Vincent in Fairfield. I went yesterday with high expectations and was quite underwhelmed; the Pain au Chocolate was dense, not flaky- tasted old, and the mixed fruit torte was light on the custard, and tasteless, chocolates are way overpriced.

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            1. re: GoodFoodie

              are you asking about FFD or FFD County? I find a great brioche at Whole Foods (I know, I know) but Kneaded Bread in Port Chester also tends to make great breads - challah included.

              1. re: KarenNYC

                I don't love Kneaded Bread challah very much, it is dry to me. But they have other great breads, thanks.

            2. Ross' Bread in Ridgefield. I haven't tried the brioche yet, but I love the challah and everything else. Make sure you call first before you go to see if what you want is available, I've been disappointed before when I get there too early (or too late and they're sold out of something I want.) .