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Eddy4444 Nov 9, 2009 10:18 AM

I am new to Toronto (Thornhill, actually) and love cinnamon , walnut, or chocolate babka or yeast-type dough crescents pastry.
I Ilved in Montreal many years ago and Cheskies on Bernard had great babkas. There was also a tiny shop on Cote st. Luc Road near Earnscliffe where the owner baked a fabulous babka; sadly, the owner died and that was the end of it.
We lived in Ottawa until recently where there was no babka available worth eating, only horrible greasy ersatz babka made by Wawel Bakery in Montreal.
Thanks for your suggestions!

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    phoenikia Nov 9, 2009 11:28 AM

    the following threads are a little old, but they might help you in your search:
    chocolate babka:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/101681
    best babka:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/440175

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      airsey Nov 9, 2009 12:38 PM

      Hazelnut Babka from Haymishe at Bathurst and Lawrence. Best. Babka. Ever.

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        Strongbad789 Nov 9, 2009 01:32 PM

        I was just about to recommend Haymishe. I'm a big fan of their chocolate buffalo (I'm not sure if that's the same thing as the babka or not).

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          prima Jul 16, 2012 10:15 AM

          Is Haymishe's babka still the best babka on Bathurst?

        2. GoodGravy Dec 3, 2013 12:49 PM

          BUMP! Yelp says Haymishe's is temporarily closed til the end of the year.

          Who else got good babka?

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            magic Dec 3, 2013 01:19 PM

            Haymishe burned down last year and is supposed to reopen in Spring I believe.

            Bakery World, aka Bagel World, makes amazing babkas. Sold at various locations around the city as well Bagel World itself.

            Harbord Bakery makes a killer chocolate danish ring. Essentially a babka. A great one.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888061

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              GoodGravy Dec 3, 2013 03:35 PM

              Good to know. Thanks!

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                magic Dec 3, 2013 08:03 PM

                Pleasure :)

          2. Notorious P.I.G. Dec 4, 2013 12:36 PM

            Anybody do a cinnamon Babka?

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              magic Dec 4, 2013 12:40 PM

              Bagel World's cinnamon is delicious.

              I forgot, What-A-Bagel does a nice chocolate.

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                Notorious P.I.G. Dec 4, 2013 01:08 PM

                Thanks a ton!

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                  magic Dec 4, 2013 01:11 PM

                  You bet!

                  I've seen the Bagel World cinnamon babka around town too, not just at Bagel World.

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                    Notorious P.I.G. Dec 4, 2013 06:51 PM

                    I'll have to keep an eye out!

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                      magic Dec 4, 2013 07:04 PM

                      :)

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                Chester Eleganté Dec 5, 2013 12:57 PM

                "<gasp>...Another babka??"

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                  Notorious P.I.G. Dec 5, 2013 02:12 PM

                  Are you sitting down?

                  Another Babka.

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                  Davwud Dec 6, 2013 04:21 AM

                  I love the Cinnamon Babka at Phipp's on Eglinton between Bathurst and Avenue.
                  They have many terrific offerings actually. They have a really nice hot bar at the back and great bakery wares up front.

                  http://www.phippsbakerycafe.ca/

                  DT

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                    magic Dec 6, 2013 06:00 AM

                    And their cinnamon rugelach are also amazing.

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                      Davwud Dec 6, 2013 06:50 AM

                      I've had the apple and it too was amazing.

                      DT

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                        magic Dec 6, 2013 06:53 AM

                        Will have to try!

                        My mom loves the chocolate rugelach there. As do I. Haha.

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                        Notorious P.I.G. Dec 6, 2013 07:43 AM

                        I would eat a boot if it was covered in cinnamon so that rugelach is going to get it.

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                          magic Dec 6, 2013 07:44 AM

                          Go get 'er.

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                            Davwud Dec 6, 2013 07:57 AM

                            I'm having company over tomorrow for football and have been trying to come up with a dessert idea.

                            I'm thinking Cinnamon Babka Bread Pudding w/ Bourbon Sauce.

                            <now where can i get a cinnamon babka??>

                            DT

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                              magic Dec 6, 2013 08:02 AM

                              Lucky company :)

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                            kwass Dec 6, 2013 09:36 AM

                            I'm with you Notorious!!!!

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