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Jan 6, 2009 10:10 AM

Where to buy bread bowls in Toronto?

Hi - I'm looking to buy ready-made bread bowls (or bread rounds sizeable enough that I can cut off the top and dig out a bowl) in Toronto. I'm serving beef stew and I'd love to do it in a tasty, crusty bread bowl.

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to which bakeries/stores I could try?

Thanks - I appreciate any help.


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  1. Health Bread (previously Open Window) on Eglinton just west of Bathurst has fabulous round-ish-shaped pumpernickel and rye breads. They're crusty, very good breads. They'd be perfect for your needs. I don't know if all Health Bread/Open Window bakeries have the same bread products.

    You might also want to call in advance, because this store tends not to carry a huge amount of bread and often sells out of these particular breads by midday.

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    1. re: Tatai

      Thanks! I was hoping for more of a white style Italian or French loaf, but I'll def. check out Health Bread.

      1. re: torontoboy

        Then just get yourself some large Kaiser rolls, cut off the tops and reserve them for service. Then hollow out the rolls leaving at least a 1/2 inch thickness of bread. Brush the insides with a mixture of Dijon and melted butter and bake for 10 minutes in a 375F oven. Voilla!

        1. re: iamafoodie

          In the same vein, Thuet "hamburger" rolls would be great, too. They're crusty, slightly salty and taste a bit like soft pretzels.

    2. Do you have Costco nearby? Here in Calif. they have them, four to a bag I believe. Well, not already "bowled" but the round loaves.

      1. I recently bought a round pumpernickel bread at the Real Canadian Superstore at Dufferin & Steeles. It was very crusty on the outside and soft in the middle. It's the type of bread that you would use to put a spinach dip in.

        1. What about Ace's round calabrese? (photo at link)

          1. The ACE olive loaf wold be great with stew served in it.

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