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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.

            2. 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 lovelulus@gmail.com. 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.

              Foreign Cinema
              2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. 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.

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                1. re: oldunc

                  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.

                2. 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.

                  Cinderella Bakery
                  436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                  1. If you're in the Palo Alto area, Mayfield Bakery's pecan sticky buns are quite good.

                    Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
                    855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301