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Another Bostonian looking for good challah

For years our challah was always Cheryl Ann's -- a bit sweet, yes, but incredibly moist and delicious. Yesterday we bought a round challah freshly delivered to Fresh Pound Market in Cambridge, and it was dry as dust. So obviously they've gone downhill -- won't try that again. Is there any other bakery in Boston/Brookline/Cambridge that makes really good MOIST challah?

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Cheryl Anns
1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

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  1. Rosenfeld's bagels in Newton makes THE BEST challah I have had in Boston, period.

    They don't make it every day, so call ahead.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      Agreed - I prefer the whole wheat m'self... makes all manner of amazing French toast creations...

      but, you picked an unfortunate day to go searching for it.... Shanah Tovah!

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      Rosenfeld Bagel Co
      1280 Centre St, Newton, MA

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Agree with you, StriperGuy, no other place I know of is better than Rosenfeld's for challah -- but does Michael's in Brookline make challah? I hear that their bagels are as close to NYC as you can get in these parts, so perhaps any challah they make is great as well. (I realize that a bagel discussion is a different and important subject, and probably the subject of numerous posts. I have been in withdrawal...)

      2. Cheryl Ann's was a hardcore fail on the round ones yesterday. Maybe the quality will return to normal when they go back to regular production volume and loaf shape.

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        Cheryl Anns
        1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

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        1. re: Luther

          I agree, something was wrong with Cheryl Ann's round challahs. I felt them at Roche Bros on Tues, felt like a brick! Bought a Roche Bros one. Not bad, but I prefer Rosenfeld's.

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          Cheryl Anns
          1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

          1. re: CookieLee

            Agreed on Cheryl Ann's this week. My mom had one on Tuesday night for Rosh dinner and it was dry and hard as a rock. She bought it that day too.

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            Cheryl Anns
            1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

            1. re: Sugar

              Sugar,
              I called Cheryl Ann's today and asked the manager about those round challahs, and she corrected me -- told me that the round ones were MORE moist, and when I disagreed, she said, Well, once in a while I guess an overbaked one slips between the cracks. Sounds like I wasn't the only one....

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              Cheryl Anns
              1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

              1. re: ThrillerJoe

                Mine definitely wasn't overbaked -- it wasnt more brown on top than usual. It just had a stale/dry texture.

                1. re: Sugar

                  Yup, pale on top and dry inside like 2-day-old bread, without that moist and delicate "stringy" texture it usually has.

        2. I've always been happy with the challah from Quebrada in Arlington.

          1. My favorite challah comes from Clear Flour bakery in Brookline but I've found the ones they make on the High Holidays to be not as good as the ones they make on Fridays throughout the year. I don't think it's the shape that's affecting the quality, I think it's the unusually high quantity they must produce on these days that yields a different result. Clear Flour's challah is much less sweet than Cheryl Ann's. Nashoba Brook Bakery makes challah for Fridays and I've seen it at Russo's. It's very good and convenient for those times I can't make it to Clear Flour.

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            Nashoba Brook Bakery Cafe
            152 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742

            Cheryl Anns
            1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

            1. Cherly Ann's is what my Mom always bought but I tend to prefer the more bread-like less sweet style challahs. For a less sweet challah, I'll second Clear Flour's challah. I love their poppyseed topped one and since I'm at Clear Flour 2-3 times a week for regular bread anyway, it's hard not to recommend them.

              Kupel's in Coolidge Corner is another good option and they have several types including raisin, plain, whole wheat, round, regular.

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              Clear Flour Bread Bakery
              178 Thorndike St, Brookline, MA 02446

              Kupel's Bakery
              421 Harvard St, Brookline, MA

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              1. re: Klunco

                I don't consider either of these to be traditional challah. Some of the baked goods at Kupel's are very good, but I think their best breads are closer to the Brazilian tradition of their main baker.