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Any ideas on where I can buy fresh or frozen all butter puff pastry on the Peninsula or even SF? I read in old posts that TJ's has a good product but couple of times I have checked they have not. All the stores I've checked only seem to carry Pepperidge farms, which I don't care for or none at all.

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    1. If you know of a bakery where you like the puff pastry, you might ask you if can buy some.

      1. I hope tj's hasn't stopped carrying their puff pastry. It was pretty good. I know whole foods carries it, I've seen it in San Mateo and RWC.

        1. I've bought puff pastry at the TJs on Masonic/Geary. Rainbow and WF also carry some in a tin box (cardboard top).

          1. Bi-Rite Market on 18th between Dolores and Guerrero in SF sells its house-brand puff pastry, which I think they use at Bi-Rite creamery. I've used it once or twice before--it's very good, and expensive.

            1. TJs stuff is quite good. I've not had a problem finding it in the east bay.

              If you do go to Oakland, the Pasta shop in Market Hall (Rockridge BART) has their own in the case. Haven't used it though, and haven't been there in a while, so call ahead if you're considering it.

              1. Pepperidge Farm has a frozen puff pastry that perfectly good and which is carried by almost every supermarket I've ever been in. All Whole Foods stores in the Bay Area also carry a brand of frozen puff pastry.

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                1. re: Paul H

                  The request is for all-butter puff paste and explicitly not for Pepperidge Farm, which is made with shortening.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Oops. missed that. Now I'm going to have to do a puff pastry cook off. You do seem to be right about the shortening...

                    Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin) Vitamin B2), Folic Acid), Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening (Soybean and Cottonseed Oils Colored With Beta Carotene), Contains 2% or Less of: Gluten, Mono and Diglycerides (from Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), and Soy Lecithin.

                2. Mollie Stone's stores carry puff pastry as do Andronico's. I think that both of these chains carry the excellent Dufour brand.

                  1. Piazza's Fine Foods (Palo Alto, at least) carries frozen all butter puff pastry that works beautifully.

                    Good luck -- Howard

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                    Piazza's Fine Foods
                    3922 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

                    Piazza Foods
                    1218 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94403

                    1. Whole Foods has the Dufour brand, which is all butter and excellent, and Whole Foods has it at the best price that I've found locally.

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                      1. re: JasmineG

                        Thanks for the suggestions. I was actually looking for a peninsula alternative to the Market Hall Bakery in Rockridge. I like their product, but its a long way away. I checked Whole foods in Palo Alto and I didn't see it. Its a small store, so I'll go to the one in Redwood City and check there. I keep forgetting about Piazza and Drager's too. I called Andronico's and they said they didn't carry it.....but maybe I ought to go look myself. I'll definitely give the Dufour brand a try.

                        1. re: greggc

                          If you can't find it at Whole Foods, ask, sometimes it's stuck away in weird places.

                          1. re: greggc

                            The brand that Whole Foods carries is the same brand that they have at Market Hall (Dufour) so you'll like it when you find it! At least at the Berkeley Whole Foods, it's a few dollars cheaper.

                            1. re: greggc

                              Just got home and checked the package in the freezer. Piazza's sells the Dufour brand.

                              1. re: greggc

                                I havr seen it at Andronico's in Palo Alto and Los Altos Whole Foods and maybe even Sigona's

                            2. TJ's san carlos has it in the pizza freezer, the box is shaped like a pizza. $4.99. Just saw a big stack today.

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                              1. re: peppatty

                                I just did some googling, and came up with this e-gullet thread that indicates TJ's puff pastry is all-butter and made by Bay Bread for TJ, as well as the rustic levain and apricot streusel tartes:
                                http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?s...

                                I'm intrigued by your description of a pizza-shaped box at TJ, because the dufour product is folded over more than I would like due to the rectangular deep tin box.

                                1. re: SteveG

                                  The puff pastry sold at TJ's comes in a flat sheet with no folds.

                                  1. re: cvhound

                                    Yes, I like that It's easy to defrost since it's flat. It's a better price than the other stuff, although I didn't compare the quantity of Dufour brand vs. TJ's

                                    1. re: peppatty

                                      Any idea where I might be able to find large puff pastry sheets (24" x 12") in the bay area. We recently moved from Chicago and the PF outlet store in Chicago used to carry a big case of 20 large sheets. I'd love to know where we'd find something similar here in the Bay Area. All I've found here are a single sheet or 14oz retail boxes.

                                      1. re: khaaana

                                        I don't know the sheet size. but Smart and Final has large cartons of puff pastry that cost about $35.00 per box. I have never bought any, but I would imaging they are simply wrapped in plastic wrap or parchment. As for size, you can always join two sheets for a larger treatment.

                                        1. re: khaaana

                                          La Farine makes beautiful puff pastry and sells the dough for $6/lb. They use butter, not shortening.

                                          I assume they make gigantic sheets of it for use at the bakery and just cut it to size so if you called ahead and ask them nicely I bet you could get them to cut you a big sheet.

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                                          La Farine
                                          6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                                          1. re: Truffle Dog

                                            I love La Farine's puff pastry! It's the best out there IMO.

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                                            La Farine
                                            6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                                  2. re: peppatty

                                    TJ's San Carlos didn't have any puff pastry. I checked today and they weren't sure if they were going to get it back in stock.

                                    1. re: peachblossom

                                      I used to buy the puff pastry in the flat box at TJ and have been told at all the SF and the San Mateo store that they are out and will not be carrying it again. I recently purchased some from WF which was more expensive but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Can't recall which brand it is.

                                    1. re: Cindy

                                      La Bedaine's puff pastry is rolled by hand. The one time I was in there, the woman mentioned that the puff pastry was made in house and with butter. I glanced around the work area and said, where's your sheeter? The chef heard me, and asked what that might was. When I explained that commercial bakeries use them to roll out pastry dough, he waved his wooden rolling pin at me and flexed his biceps saying that was all the equipment he used for puff pastry sheets. He's been using the same rolling pin for decades and it has a lovely patina from all the butter that has rubbed the surface over the years.

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                                      La Bedaine
                                      1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

                                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                                        I attended his puff pastry demo in March; he also uses that pin to measure out the pastry before folding. The pin was made in France from wood from a berry bush - that's all I was able to get from him.

                                    2. Any bakery sources of puff pastry in the North Bay?

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                                      1. re: maria lorraine

                                        Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg sells their's.

                                        1. re: celeryroot

                                          That's what I was thinking. Thanks, celery root.