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Mar 12, 2011 10:52 AM

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

Flourchylde Bakery
850 Grant Ave, Novato, CA

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  1. 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.

    OctoberFeast Bakery
    1954 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Specialty's Chain has a flaky version that is often still warm from the overn...

      1. re: myst

        I've had that one - that fell into the middle-of-the-road category for me. Another couple that fall into the same category for me were two Napa-based-bakery versions (Sweetie Pies and Model Bakery)

        Model Bakery
        610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

    2. Both La Farine and Bay Bread have great versions of the Pecan Sticky Bun.

      Bay Bread
      2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      La Farine
      6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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      1. re: JasmineG

        The one at Bay Bread is very good.

        Bay Bread
        2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      2. Poppyseed pastries at Crixa Cakes. Not all versions everyday, check first.
        Poppyseed Rugelach
        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

        Crixa Cakes
        2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

        1. Oh. Easy. The best pecan sticky bun is at the Bread Garden Bakery on Domingo in Berkeley. Truly.

          Bread Garden
          2912 Domingo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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          1. re: peterme

            This is true, I had forgotten. Those are amazing.

          2. I liked Arizmendi's until I had Tartine's

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            1. re: wolfe

              Arizemendi's are heavy from whole wheat flour, I guess, or just underproofed. Not their best goodie.