Where to find dense, moist wheat bread like in Germany?
- Chowpatty Feb 20, 2011 08:34 AM
I recently returned from Berlin where I had some of the best brown bread I've ever tasted. Has anyone found anything like these dense but not heavy loaves, that are soft (not super crunchy like French bread), but not as sweet as the mostly bad "honey wheat" bread most bakeries have here? I haven't been impressed with Great Harvest at all.
Googling around a little, I see that perhaps it's called Vollkornbrot, made with rye? It's lightly sweet, not at all like what we think of as rye bread.
Thanks, love Mark Stambler's bread but it's nothing like what I'm looking for -- it's French-style with a hard crust. I think Rockenwagner might be my best bet, but I just picked up a loaf of Il Fornaio multigrain at Bristol Farms with pumpkin and sunflower seeds that's not bad at all.
Not German, and it's a rye bread, but Hygge's dark rye bread is probably the best bread I've had in Los Angeles, and the closest thing to North European breads in general. It's not crunchy and it's not sweet whatsoever.
Haven't been in a while, but Alpine Village Market in Torrance usually has a good selection of German style breads. I think they are actually baked in OC though.
Alpine Village Market
833 Torrance Blvd Ste 1A, Torrance, CA 90502
As a German living in California I can fully understand you - I get most thing and much more in California than in Germany but I have yet to find good bread, rolls etc. in the same quality and variety anywhere in California. If you are looking for at least a few variations of decent German-style bread the supermarket in the "German" village in Huntington Beach is your best option.
Hie thee to Streit's Bakery in Downey. You can buy their breads in several places—Wholesome Choice, and I know they sell it at Mattern Sausage, and I think maybe also at Hollingshead's Deli (not sure on that one though), but why not go to the Mother Ship?
If you want to stay in L.A., go to Berolina Bakery in Glendale. It's Swedish, but the bread styles are similar and I've never had a sweet bread unless it was supposed to be sweet, like vörtlimpa.
1003 N Parker St, Orange, CA 92867