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May 18, 2011 09:07 AM

Brioche Buns from a Bakery in Pasadena?

Brioche buns seem to be the trend with great burgers these days. I'd like to try them at home. Any suggestions on where to find them fresh, in the Pasadena area?

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  1. Not buns, but Euro Pane makes a brioche loaf.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      oh ok, cool. i wonder if places like europane take custom orders. any idea?

    2. I have a faint memory of having seen them at Trader Joe's last summer.

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      1. re: mocro

        i'll give them a ring, thanks mocro!

        1. re: mocro

          Yes. They did have them last summer. I think they might be seasonal; I'm hoping to see them again this year.

          1. re: mocro

            It's been discountinued at TJ.

          2. Homeboy Bakery makes GREAT Brioche Buns... they sell them at the South Pas Farmer's Market on Thursdays.


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            1. re: Dommy

              Didn't know about this...thanks Dommy..will definitely get them here. Love to support this terrific organization.

              1. re: mocro

                Me too! And it doesn't help that most of their breads are absolutely delicious! Skip the big artisan loaves (Except for the one made with red wine and dried cherries), but the sandwich breads are my favorite in the city. We just tried their marble rye which is STUNNING... such amazing toast... soft, yet dense and assertive flavor without being over the top...


                1. re: mocro

                  Awesome, thanks Dommy! Looking forward to next Thursday already!

                2. re: Dommy

                  I went to the Homeboy Bakery today to buy some of the brioche buns. They didn't have any and couldn't tell me when they would ever have them. They just seemed pretty clueless. Do they ONLY sell them at the farmers Markets and not at the bakery itself?

                  1. re: Sam D.

                    Weird... but not surprising... I've found the actual bakery stock to be erratic at best (one time I came in first thing in the morning and they had no NO bread. They couldn't even tell me if they were GOING to have bread. Got some coffee and right before the girl finished pouring it... BREAD arrived...) The thing to keep in mind with the actual cafe/bakery is that most of the folks there are still in training so patience is a MUST.

                    Luckily, the Homies they have at farmer's markets are bit more trained and knowledgeable about the products. I know some of them I talked to actually WORKED in the bakery facility...

                    THAT being said, I will say in all my years of going to the cafe/bakery, I don't recall them selling their sandwich bread or buns. Mainly just the artisanal loaves and pastries. So they could be a wholesale only product (They sell to a lot of restaurants). But I'll ask them tomorrow as they are in Mar Vista Farmer's market and let you know! :)


                    1. re: Dommy

                      Okay... So I got the stand today and asked for the Buns and the Homie said, "Oh no! We didn't bring them!" GAH! But he said you should be able to get them at the cafe, just call ahead since they have to bring them from the bakery facility, as was the case today...


                    2. re: Sam D.

                      Sam D.,

                      Understand something Homeboy Bakery -- it is not a professional operation. I don't mean that in a derogatory way; it's just that they are run and operated by amateurs, on purpose. They are there as an employment conduit for at-risk individuals, and cooking and baking is almost like an unintended by-product of that well-intentioned endeavor.

                      This is the case with all Homebody Industry projects -- bakery, cafe, etc. Don't expect it to be what a typical bakery would be -- both in terms of quality and consistency in food and service.