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Jun 11, 2010 12:49 AM

Looking for Brookline Bakery that existed 8 years ago

Hi- I lived in Boston about 8 years ago, and will be making my first visit back next month. I have craved a chocolate bread w/chocolate chips (had white, semi-sweet, and maybe even milk choc. chips) for the past 8 years, and hope to get some while there. However, I don't remember the name/exact location of the bakery. After google research, I think it may have been around the Coolidge Corner area. It was near a beautiful B&B where I initially stayed, and near a busy intersection of which one of the streets was a straight shot ( I think!) to Brighton/Allston. I thought it was the "When Pigs Fly" bakery, but I see that was built AFTER I moved, so can't be them. ANd the chocolate bread they advertise is not what I had- it wasn't like a brownie, but an actual yeast bread, not too sweet, but lots of chocolate chips! The place was kind of "earthy," had a screen door, and pretty mellow inside.

Anybody?? Though it appears it may no longer exist, could someone at least give me the name?

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    1. re: Berheenia

      I remember that place. Ugh, ticked me off when it closed.

    2. I loved Boston Bread but I think you'll like the choc. bread from When Pigs Fly. It's not really brownie like. Some of the other flavor combos are amazing too and they give a sample of anything on hand for you to check out.

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      1. re: Joanie

        I agree, the chocolate bread from When Pigs Fly sounds close to what you're describing, except with just semisweet chocolate instead of a variety. The bread part, aside from the chocolate, is not very sweet. They have a store in Davis Square and also show up at the Dewey Square (across from South Station) farmer's market on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

        1. re: Joanie

          they also sell mixes so you can make the bread at home. that said, it's not a hard bread to make from scratch anyway. rose levy barenbaum has a pretty decent recipe that's pretty close.

          1. re: autopi

            might also try Cheryl Ann's in Putterham Circle for a good chocolate babka, which is a little like a chocolate challah bread.

            Cheryl Anns
            1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

          2. re: Joanie

            if your going to be in brookline go to clear flour iam sure they will have something you will love!

            1. re: skasi

              I love Clear Flour dearly, but they've never made anything remotely like the bread being described.

          3. Hi, I got an answer from someone on Yelp- It was the Boston Bread Company. THe chocolate bread described and pictured on the When Pigs Fly site looks nothing like the bread from BB Co. Theirs was a yeast bread, barely sweet, but w/at least 2, possibly 3 types of choc. chips. I live in SF, where there's a million (okay, maybe not a million, but a lot!) specialty bread bakers, and I've yet to find anything even close to the BB choc. bread.
            :( I'm sad to learn they've closed. Sigh.

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            1. re: tigrema

              Nope, it was definitely Boston Daily Bread. I used to live right around the corner and I miss that chocolate bread as well.

              1. re: tigrema

                Since you live in the Bay Area try the Cheese Board Collective. They have a morning bakery that features "Chocolate Things", basically a yeast bread similar to a brioche with chunks of bittersweet chocolate. If you time it right they may still be warm and gooey. Cheese Board is in the heart of the gourmet ghetto across the street from Chez Panisse.

                1. re: tigrema

                  just to be clear, the when pigs ply chocolate bread IS a yeast bread. if you're dead set on this particular bread, i would check out the bread bible by barenbaum--she's got a couple chocolate bread recipes. one of them makes something like the when pigs fly version, and another one makes (i think--haven't made it) something kind of like a brioche w/3 different types of chocolates. if you're willing to putz around with the recipe a bit, you'll probably be able to recreate this bread without too much difficulty.

                  1. re: autopi

                    When Pigs Fly sells chocolate bread "kits."