Where can you buy brioche bread?
I'm dying to try brioche bread. Does anyone know of a bakery that sells it?
Brioche (as it's usually called, rather than "brioche bread") is sold at lots of finer bakeries. Brioche is typically sold in two forms: a small roll, and a large rectangular loaf. It's very rich and egg-y, and typically is very light (i.e. not dense).
Off the top of my head, I can think of two places where I've seen brioche, but I'm sure it's sold in lots more, especially French bakeries. Fox & Obel downtown sells brioche in both forms - small rolls, and a brioche loaf - and they just about always have it. Like all their baked goods, it's superb. The loaf also makes great French toast.
The other place I know usually carries it is Fresh Market in Wilmette, which has it only as small rolls. Fresh Market is a chain and I suspect they carry it in their other locations (Chicago-area locations also include Kildeer, Geneva, and Lake Forest).
Some other places that sell French breads and MIGHT sell it, but I haven't actually verified this, include Floriole (Chicago/Lincoln Park), Vanille Patisserie (ditto), Fritz Pastry (Chicago/Lakeview), and Alliance Bakery (Chicago/Wicker Park). Call before going!
You'll also find some places mentioned in this previous discussion:
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Nsxtasy's point is well taken, Fox & Obel sells good bread, brioche and many other varieties, and they start baking at sunrise, 8 am until noon is a good time to buy. Swedish Bakery at Clark & Balmoral sells brioche in large rolls, and they also sell brioche loaves, which they simply call "egg bread". 3 types are available, plain, crust dressed with sesame seeds, and crust dressed with poppy seeds, all excellent.
Trader Joe's sells brioche in the form of large hamburger buns, 6 to a bag. Very tasty, but I'm sure they don't bake these on the premises. That said, I don't recall buying a bag that wasn't fresh.
You shouldn't have any trouble finding brioche, but phoning ahead of time is wise, because quantities baked each day vary from one bakery to another.
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re: Greg in Chicago
>> they also sell brioche loaves, which they simply call "egg bread". 3 types are available, plain, crust dressed with sesame seeds, and crust dressed with poppy seeds, all excellent.
Most breads called "egg bread" are not brioche. Brioche typically features a higher butter content than other breads rich in eggs (such as challah).