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Authentic Poppyseed (or nut) Babka within driving distance of Fairfield County?

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MasterofLightChick Mar 7, 2010 05:04 PM

Ok, here's a thread I have never seen. Where can I get authentic, fresh, yummy poppyseed (or nut) babka like my Babka (grandma) used to make?

Here's where I've tried:

Best so far - Shoprite in Ansonia brings some in from NJ - this is the best! Fresh, soft, full of poppyseeds. They also offer many other babkas - prune, jellies, cheese, nut.

Derby church next door - Polish deli/restaurant is a runner up to the above. All flavors available too.

Polish deli on River Road in Shelton just north of Sikorsky - hit or miss. They bring in babkas from a couple bakeries and it's a crapshoot.

Kasia Bakery, New Britain - supposedly one of the 2 best bakeries in that town. Line literally out the door. Pastries beautiful - wish we had such a bakery (patisserie really) in lower Fairfield County. Straight out of Europe. Babka though - just ok.

Taste of Europe, Norwalk - what they usually have is unfresh and days old. You can special order, but it's never that great.

So, any suggestions?

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    JayCT RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 8, 2010 07:35 AM

    Authentic can be pretty hard to find and it really depends on what your definition is. My family will buy poppyseed and nut rolls at a couple of places in the Fairfield area. Adam's Bakery on Tunxis Hill Road and Billy's Bakery on Black Rock Turnpike have them but they are not the same as my family makes from scratch. Also the Hungarian Meat Market (also called Goulash) on Kings highway across from St. Emery's Church has them. Jay

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      JayCT RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 8, 2010 07:36 AM

      Forgot to add, I think the meat place across from Treeland in Bridgeport has them too. Jay

      1. jfood RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 8, 2010 08:48 AM

        Give Beldotti's in Stamford a call and see if they have. Jfood bought a chocolate babka there a few years ago that was outstanding. Even if you drive there and they do not have the babka, there breads are top-3 in FFD county.

        http://stamfordtalk.blogspot.com/2008...

        1. missmar79 RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 8, 2010 08:48 AM

          stew leonards has a good poppyseed babka, its to the right of their doughnuts display

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            MasterofLightChick RE: missmar79 Mar 8, 2010 01:40 PM

            for real? Do you know if they make there or bring it in from elsewhere?

            Those places mentioned in Fairfield excluding Billy's (which is nice for "normal" bread) sound like good leads.

            Thanks!

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              jfood RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 8, 2010 01:59 PM

              jfood has never been impressed with SL baked goods. Look and smell yummy in the store then fall when eaten at home.

              cant wait for your feedback

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                MasterofLightChick RE: jfood Mar 9, 2010 02:40 PM

                Am I missing something - what is SL?

                An aside. Not poppyseed babka, per se, but poppyseed roll rocks at the New York Bakery down in the Norwalk Wall Street area. They also sell them at Katz's in Westport. I went like 3 times this week to the prior and it's filled will old timers talking and having fun. A nice atmosphere.

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                  adamclyde RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 9, 2010 05:27 PM

                  SL = Stew Leonards.

                  I'm a big fan for some things @ SL, but bakery items is most certainly NOT a reason I go there. I find their breads quite poor. BUT, I haven't tried their Babka. Actually, I've never tried Babka before anywhere. In fact, I've never even heard of babka until I saw this thread and Googled it.

                  I learn something new every day.

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                    jfood RE: adamclyde Mar 9, 2010 07:30 PM

                    Even trade.

                    we teach you Jewish, you teach us Latin :-))

                    A great babka with a great cup of coffee is a perfect way to finish a bagel and lox sunday morning

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                      adamclyde RE: jfood Mar 10, 2010 01:20 AM

                      deal.

                      speaking of bagels (and not trying to hijack thread) you have a favorite place in Stamford or thereabouts?

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                        jfood RE: adamclyde Mar 10, 2010 03:25 AM

                        Oy

                        Jfood probably feels about bagels as you feel about some Latin food in FFD Cty. You look for the best you can find, but it ain't great. Best jfood can offer is Liz Su at Bulls Head in the same strip mall as Coalhouse pizza (go there as well, very good) There's a new Indian place that Louuuuu recommended as well in the same mall as well.

                        If you are in the new canaan area (which is a freakin' bagel wasteland) drive up route 123 and 1.5 miles on the left in Vista is Word of Mouth. Same strip mall as Greenwich Produce. Their smoked salmon ain;t bad either. Plus greenwich produce has very good stuff.

                        That's the total landscape, pretty dismal

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                          adamclyde RE: jfood Mar 10, 2010 07:25 AM

                          Indian meaning Chili Chicken? I've been there a number of times (I live within a stone's throw). Really like it, depending on the dish.

                          I have been to Liz Su and thought there were pretty good bagels. Good to know. (and oh how I miss Greenwich produce actually being in Greenwich)...

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                            jfood RE: adamclyde Mar 10, 2010 08:01 AM

                            The GP in Vista is twice the size as the old Greenwich location. It will be interesting to see how Fairway does. If it is Stew leonard qualty, then jfood will not be there. Likewise Whole Foods in Darien has some potential but they need to justify the cost for jfood to move from the Greenwich Produce in Vista standard.

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                    jfood RE: MasterofLightChick Mar 9, 2010 07:28 PM

                    Is the NY Bakery on Main good?

                    When you go there go up the road to Nicholas Roberts. The guy with the gotee is Robert (father was Nicholas) and this guy can cook. In a strip mall, opposite side of the road just before you get to route 1. Then you need to try Michael's a few doors down from NY Bakery. Also aces.

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                    missmar79 RE: jfood Mar 10, 2010 05:00 AM

                    i disagree. their snowball rolls are fabulous- my family from LI asks for them at every meal. I freeze them immediately- then reheat 30 seconds in the microwave and 5 minutes at 325 degrees in the oven- perfection dipped in olive oil.

                    Also I enjoy their while grain bagels and the Dads Chocolate Chip Cookies.

                    They also make a fine poppyseed babka.

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                      jfood RE: missmar79 Mar 10, 2010 12:01 PM

                      Yup, that's why threads on SL get so heated. People either love or not love their stuff.

                      One for and one against. :-))

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                        MasterofLightChick RE: jfood Mar 10, 2010 03:02 PM

                        oh, I'm against - so you've got 2 anti. I abhor going anywhere near there.

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                MasterofLightChick RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 2, 2010 06:53 AM

                There is a brand new (to me at least) Polish deli/bakery/grocery store in Norwalk across from Angela Mia - called POLISH DELICATESSAN. It is quite large with a nice hot lunch buffet offering all the typical Polish dishes. They had a fairly substantial bakery section too though I could tell the poppyseed babka was not up to my standards - it looked too dry. Regardless, it's a nice addition to the area to get Polish staples and to grab a simple homemade inexpensive lunch.

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                  harrie RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 2, 2010 08:43 AM

                  When I think of babka, I think of a round, cake-like ring, and I'm not sure I've seen a poppy seed babka.

                  If you mean a strip, like a stuffed bread with poppy seeds in and on top, the one at Eddy's Bake Shop in Ansonia has gotten raves from both my co-workers and family, and me of course. It's loaded with poppy seeds (or nuts when applicable); the bread is definitely bread-like versus cake-like but it's nicely moist.

                  They make their own stuff, it's not brought in; and everything I've had from there, sweet and savory, has been delicious.
                  http://eddysbakeshop.net/BakeryProduc...

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                    MasterofLightChick RE: harrie Apr 5, 2010 11:19 AM

                    Yes, I mean the strip - stuffed with poppy seeds, or nuts, or prune filling, or cheese and sometimes cherry.

                    Awesome about the Eddy's recommendation - thanks! Are there any other little finds in Ansonia?

                    Also close to you - the Shop Rite gets really nice babkas & other Polish goodies delivered on Tuesday morning from a place in NJ. Tell your co-workers to check those out. I drive from Westport to pick them up on that day. That particular store has a really nice bakery/dessert section.

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                  MasterofLightChick RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 11:34 AM

                  Braved going to Stew Leonard's for the sole purpose of grabbing a poppyseed babka per one of the suggestions above. Arrived at opening so it wasn't as nauseating an experience.

                  Verdict - overall GOOD...and they have a nut variation too. They are called "rolls". Poppyseed roll & Nut roll. Bravo to them for offering both variations.

                  but, NOT good if you have Polish hertiage and your grandma baked them fresh at home.

                  Not good enough for me ever to venture to Stew's again to get a poppyseed babka if I am ever craving one. I'd prefer to drive up to Derby from Westport than go around the corner to Stew's.

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                    jfood RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 12:16 PM

                    jfood walked through the dbury store yesterday and walked out w nothing.

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                    MasterofLightChick RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 12:21 PM

                    Pie in my face! Is that the saying?

                    Gave the rest of my babka (roll) to mom and she says..."it's one of the best - fresh and moist."

                    ...As if!

                    We both grew up on the wonderful babka grandma used to make. So, that goes to show you how opinions differ...

                    JFOOD - doesn't suprise me. Though I hear that's a better locale? For what, I don't know...

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                      jfood RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 12:45 PM

                      jfood heard they sold a cheesecake from Trumbell and he had meetings up there. So he goes to the cheesecake area and it is not from the Trumbell place. drats.

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                        harrie RE: jfood Apr 14, 2010 12:46 PM

                        Dare I ask, is who is this Trumbull cheesecake by? Because I can go home by way of Trumbull.....
                        TIA

                        And MOLC, if you're going to Derby for babka, one of these days go another mile and try Eddy's. Just sayin'.

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                          jfood RE: harrie Apr 14, 2010 02:24 PM

                          there was athread a week or so ag, jfood does not remember name. sorry

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                      MasterofLightChick RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 01:04 PM

                      Eddy's is totally on my radar screen now that it was mentioned. Next time I'm up there, I'll stop.

                      Funny story...told Mother of the MOLC about Eddy's and she says..."I don't get good vibes about their babka."

                      See where I get it from?

                      Me however - will try most and any all things and make judgements later...

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                        harrie RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 03:31 PM

                        <<Funny story...told Mother of the MOLC about Eddy's and she says..."I don't get good vibes about their babka.">>

                        Hey, you (and/or MOMOLC) may hate Eddy's babka - but everywhere I've taken it, it's gotten raves. My husband's family is Polish, and there are schisms all over the place food-wise, be it kielbasa, babka, pierogies, whatever - so I totally get it.

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                        MasterofLightChick RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 14, 2010 01:06 PM

                        Yes, where exactly is this Trumbull cheesecake from? Quite curious...

                        OMG - another strange random find. Went to rollerberby in Cheshire. They had vegan cupcakes from New Milford, which were fantastic! No idea where this bakery was and I spent quite a bit of time there. An anomaly...don't believe it really exists... :-)

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                          loeborg RE: MasterofLightChick Apr 16, 2010 04:02 PM

                          I think that if I am reading this correctly you are looking for Makowiec and not Babka. Warsaw Deli in Stamford on Main Street has a decent one, not too much dough, flavourful poppy seed filling with a proper amount of raisins. Go Thursday's after 1pm, that is when they get their weekly delivery so everything is as fresh as it's going to be.

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