Pecan Sticky Buns & Poppyseed Pastries
I figured I'd kill two pastries I have a weakness for with one rolling pin
1) Pecan Sticky Buns - so far the ultimate version I've found is at Fat Angel in Fairfax, followed closely by one at Tartine. Also had one at flourChylde in Novato that was pretty darn tasty. I've also had some wretched ones at Peet's (no explanation needed) and Panama Red in Vallejo (these should NOT have chunks of fruit in them, IMHO)
Any other versions that might be noteworthy around the area?
2) Does anyone have a poppyseed twist or braid in the Bay Area like they do at Pure Grain Bakery in Vacaville?
Fat Angel Bakery
71 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930
Pure Grain Bakery
600 Eubanks Ct Suite A, Vacaville, CA
850 Grant Ave, Novato, CA
Cinderella Bakery makes a poppyseed "roll" that I love. It's more a small rolled bread. Not overly sweet, perfect for a snack. No idea if the Pure Grain twist is like that or not.
Their breads are sold elsewhere in the Bay Area, as is the rugelach. Not sure about the poppyseed roll.
436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Berkeley's Cheese Board (mother ship to Arizamendi)used to have dynamite pecaan rolls, dripping with butter and brown sugar sludge, but some health nut evidently got hold of them a few years back. The current version is highly variable, perhaps depending on the baker, ranging from really good down to not worth the money. Bon Apetit et Bon Chance.
We love the pecan rolls at Arizmendi on 9th & Irving. We've found them to be pretty consistently loaded with the above-mentioned butter and brown sugar sludge, at least on a per-batch basis. Large variations within a given batch though, so you have to be sure to grab the right ones.
Robert Lauriston once described Arizmendi's pastries as "crude and hippyish", and they are, but in a good way.
I love the sticky pecan buns at Foreign Cinema. Those might be my favorite. Also, an underground baker named Rebecca Cheng makes an awesome set of them by custom order: you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I first tried her at the SF Underground Farmers Market. I bought some for a friend's wedding as a surprise and they loved them.
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Poppyseed pastries at Crixa Cakes. Not all versions everyday, check first.
Flaky tender pastry roll with ground, honeyed poppyseeds.
Poppyseed Walnut Cake
Tender, moist flourless poppyseed walnut cake with raspberry jam. In Hungarian, Mákos Diós Torta.
The Great Flodni
The Hungarian Trinity - Apple, Poppyseed, and Walnut - layered with flaky, butter pastry
2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
You might check Octoberfeast or Gaumenkitzel for the poppyseed bread, though Pure Grain is hard to beat. Rainbow Grocery carries some Pure Grain stuff, might be able to special-order that.
1954 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702