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Momofuku stollen at Union Sq. gift market

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hungrycomposer Dec 13, 2010 12:48 PM

Momofuku has their delicious holiday stollen again. I got it at a booth at the Union Square gift market, I don't know if they're also selling it at the milk bar. Delicious as ever, and Christina Tosi herself was running the booth. Nice person, great holiday eats.

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    kathryn RE: hungrycomposer Dec 13, 2010 01:15 PM

    I've not seen it at the Milk Bar EV this weekend or last. I believe it's only at Union Square.

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      hungrycomposer RE: kathryn Dec 13, 2010 05:36 PM

      The lines are shorter at the gift market anyhow if you can brave the cold! They are also selling 6-packs of cookies, tote bags, and some cute aprons.

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        janeh RE: hungrycomposer Dec 13, 2010 05:59 PM

        Does anyone have a recipe? I live far away and hear that it's great stuff.....

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          hungrycomposer RE: janeh Dec 13, 2010 06:32 PM

          I never attempted to make it, intrepid baker that I used to be. Milk Bar candies their own peel for the stollen, too much work for me in a cramped NYC apartment! Some things are best purchased...

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        loratliff RE: kathryn Dec 13, 2010 06:14 PM

        Yeah, it is only at Union Square apparently. I've heard it's amazing... I need to get over there and get some!

      3. JungMann RE: hungrycomposer Dec 14, 2010 06:13 AM

        Is this a traditional stollen or do they have some sort of unique spin on it?

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          hungrycomposer RE: JungMann Dec 14, 2010 09:35 AM

          It's like stollen except it's not leathery and it tastes good... They describe it as "boozy, fruity, sugary-sweet crunch". The ratio of fruit to bread is very high, and the bread is more tender (and less heavy) than other stollen that I've had in the past. The filling makes kind of a swirl in the bread. I can't remember what the exact ingredients are, except that they make their own candied peel. During the holidays I'm more of a latke maker than a stollen eater, but this could convert me. At least in terms of holiday eats.

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            FoodDabbler RE: hungrycomposer Dec 14, 2010 03:07 PM

            Do they have it just on Saturdays, or on Wednesdays as well?

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              gloriousfood RE: FoodDabbler Dec 14, 2010 03:13 PM

              I bought it today. As far as I know, the Union Square Holiday Market is open 7 days/week and has nothing to do with the Greenmarket. So it doesn't operate on the Greenmarket's schedule.

              Btw, it's delicious. I have to ask my husband to hide it from me or I'm going to eat it all night!

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                FoodDabbler RE: gloriousfood Dec 14, 2010 03:23 PM

                Thanks. Is this the kind of thing that would also freeze well? I'd like to buy one or three for immediate consumption, but also freeze one (if that seems like a good idea) to take to friends abroad on a trip later in December.

                And, what does it cost?

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                  gloriousfood RE: FoodDabbler Dec 14, 2010 03:34 PM

                  $6.

                  As for the freezing, I don't know. I'd ask the person at the booth. Or call Momo up to find out.

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                    hungrycomposer RE: gloriousfood Dec 14, 2010 05:33 PM

                    You can't call Momo directly. But they would definitely know at the booth, esp. since the fabulous baker who developed the recipe is often the one working there!

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                      FoodDabbler RE: hungrycomposer Dec 14, 2010 06:28 PM

                      Do you know when their booth opens? I usually try to get to the greenmarket early on days I go there, but it won't pay enough stollen to get there too early tomorrow.

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                        hungrycomposer RE: FoodDabbler Dec 14, 2010 06:41 PM

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                        http://www.urbanspacenyc.com/union-sq...

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                      serious RE: gloriousfood Dec 18, 2010 12:18 AM

                      the person at the booth says OK to freeze.

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            FoodDabbler RE: hungrycomposer Dec 15, 2010 09:37 AM

            I got to the market a little past 11. The Momo booth was zippered shut. The woman at the information booth next to Momo didn't know when they'd open. But, as my old childhood saying goes, "all good shtollen come to those who wait in the bitter cold." I waited. They opened a bit before noon. The young woman who unzipped the booth couldn't have been nicer or more apologetic. They had had some mixups that morning, she said.

            The stollen was well worth the wait. Thanks, hungrycomposer. It's fragrant and light (the stollen, not hungrycomposer), and laced heavily with pistachio paste (not traditional marzipan). The candied fruit and ginger fill your mouth with flavor. At $6 a loaf, it's also a terrific value. (Compare that with the very dry, whole-wheaty, stodgy version that Hawthorne is selling in the Greenmarket for $14.). My only complaint, a slight one, is that the Momo stollen is just a little on the dry side as well. That may be a function of when the particular loaf I cut into was made. Stollen keep reasonably well, but they do dry a little as they age.

            I asked about freezing. I was told they freeze well. I bought extra loaves, and I'll find out.

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              kathryn RE: FoodDabbler Dec 15, 2010 11:08 AM

              Thanks for the report!

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                small h RE: kathryn Dec 15, 2010 03:47 PM

                I wandered past the Momofuku booth today around 1:30 - no stollen, just crack pie & cookies. I wasn't shopping for it, so it's nuthin' to me, but in case you're planning a foray - get there early.

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                  FoodDabbler RE: small h Dec 15, 2010 04:26 PM

                  It would appear that I bought them all. I'd apologize, but I'm not really sorry.

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                    gloriousfood RE: FoodDabbler Dec 15, 2010 04:50 PM

                    Ha ha. Enjoy!

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                      small h RE: FoodDabbler Dec 15, 2010 04:53 PM

                      Nor should you be. All's fair in love & stollen.

                      So kathryn, maybe you don't need to get there that early. You just need to get there ahead of FoodDabbler!

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                      kathryn RE: small h Dec 15, 2010 04:54 PM

                      They posted that they ran out on their Twitter feed:

                      http://twitter.com/#!/momomilkbar

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                        small h RE: kathryn Dec 15, 2010 05:09 PM

                        Oh, you kids & your newfangled communication methods. My cell phone is so old it's powered by a team of oxen. I have to get my stollen updates the old fashioned way, by walking around.

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                    uniqueusername RE: FoodDabbler Dec 16, 2010 07:53 AM

                    Is it a big loaf or are they individual portions?

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                      FoodDabbler RE: uniqueusername Dec 16, 2010 08:30 AM

                      It's a decently sized loaf, about 6" long, 4" high and 3" across (going by memory right now). Definitely not an individual portion -- unless you're in the habit of putting away a pound of stollen at a sitting.

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                        uniqueusername RE: FoodDabbler Dec 16, 2010 10:04 AM

                        well, I do like stollen alot... ;)

                        Thanks!

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                      serious RE: FoodDabbler Dec 18, 2010 12:20 AM

                      The person at the booth says that it should keep for about three days. I don't know if they bring 'fresh' ones every day.

                    3. loratliff RE: hungrycomposer Dec 18, 2010 06:41 AM

                      I "tweeted" at Momo and didn't get a response: do they take CCs at the booth or just cash?

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                        FoodDabbler RE: loratliff Dec 18, 2010 08:33 AM

                        They take CCs (at least from me).

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                          loratliff RE: FoodDabbler Dec 18, 2010 11:56 AM

                          Yep, they confirmed to me that they do indeed take CCs, and not just FoodDabbler's black card. ;)

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                        FoodDabbler RE: hungrycomposer Dec 18, 2010 08:47 AM

                        A comment on the longevity of Momo stollen: they claim a shelf life of several days, but I've found that it dries out fast over the first day or two, then settles into a slightly dry, stable state over the next two days. I haven't had mine for longer, so can't say what it will be like after a week of keeping. It will probably be consumed before then, anyway. I have two loaves in the freezer that we'll only get to in early January. I'm curious to see how they emerge. There's another oddity about the stored, non frozen stollen. One of the loaves has developed a greenish tinge on one side. I can't imagine that it's mold, with all the sugar around the loaf, etc., so I think it's likely a safe leakage of the pistachio paste. If I post here again you'll know that's what it was. If I don't, you'll know it wasn't.

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                          Pan RE: FoodDabbler Dec 18, 2010 02:25 PM

                          With the caveat that I'm not a medical practitioner: Green mold, if that's what it is, won't kill you, unless you're violently allergic to it. So I expect you'll post again.

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                            serious RE: FoodDabbler Dec 19, 2010 10:48 AM

                            zip locked the stollen has three good days.

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                            hungrycomposer RE: hungrycomposer Dec 19, 2010 07:15 PM

                            I dropped by Union Square today, and they were long out of stollen, but told me that they keep best if they are kept in the bag and not cut. Once you cut them they tend to dry out faster. We ate ours in 2 days and it still tasted great.

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                              hungrycomposer RE: hungrycomposer Dec 23, 2010 10:11 PM

                              My last chance for stollen... The Union Square gift fair ends today. Still delicious.

                               
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                                loratliff RE: hungrycomposer Dec 24, 2010 05:10 AM

                                Yum! I'm heading over there today to stock up.

                              2. loratliff RE: hungrycomposer Dec 24, 2010 11:34 AM

                                Psst... I headed over there early this morning (for fear they'd be out) and bought a few loaves. She said they have plenty, so if you've been waiting: do it! It is really, really delicious—I wish I'd jumped on the bandwagon earlier.

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                                  sugartoof RE: loratliff Dec 24, 2010 08:49 PM

                                  For future reference that's possibly of use for next year, they had 91 loaves today which they started selling at 10am.

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                                  FoodDabbler RE: hungrycomposer Jan 12, 2011 10:04 AM

                                  As I'd said upthread, I froze two loaves of Momo stollen in mid-December. At the end of the month I threw them in a suitcase and traveled half way across the world. They emerged a bit battered, but still very tasty. The powdered sugar had absorbed moisture and become more of a glaze, and the aroma was not as intensely perfumed at the first cut as it had been with the fresh stollen, but the drying out was not as bad as I'd feared. The fresh stollen is significantly superior to the frozen, but the frozen was good enough to still be better than any other stollen I've had.

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                                    sugartoof RE: FoodDabbler Jan 12, 2011 11:11 AM

                                    It's the best thing I've had from Milk Bar/Momo

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                                      serious RE: FoodDabbler Jan 12, 2011 03:02 PM

                                      Thank you for the very important report. I'm crazy about that stollen and froze several.

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                                      merry8 RE: hungrycomposer Nov 30, 2011 09:53 AM

                                      Fyi, the stollen is back at Union Square Holiday Market. Milk Bar is in the same location. I went the other evening expecting them to be sold out, but they had plenty!

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                                      Union Square Holiday Market
                                      E 14th St Union Square W, New York, NY 10003

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                                        loratliff RE: merry8 Nov 30, 2011 11:03 AM

                                        So happy that it's back! I became seriously addicted last year; this stuff is good!

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                                          FoodDabbler RE: merry8 Nov 30, 2011 11:18 AM

                                          Are they selling it anywhere other than Union Square? I, too, liked it very much last year.

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                                            kathryn RE: FoodDabbler Dec 2, 2011 01:51 PM

                                            Per their Twitter account, the stollen is only sold at the Union Square Holiday Market, and only until 12/24.

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                                          sugartoof RE: hungrycomposer Dec 2, 2011 03:14 PM

                                          Worth noting there's been a slight increase for 2011, and they are now $7, with what looks to me to be a slightly larger loaf.

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