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three of us Jun 23, 2011 08:48 AM

A very wonderful white chocolate raspberry scone from Verrill Farms got me thinking how I've never had a bad scone here. I don't get out to Verrill's wicked often, but will definitely go out of my way to get a scone when I'm within a 20 minute radius.

I've embraced the white choc raspberry scone as my go-to. It is so good, even when you don't get a bite with choc or raspberry (rare), the scone tastes fantastic.

Consistently swoon-worthy. I think it should be in the Boston Baked Goods Hall of Fame.

What are your nominees?

Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

  1. Bob Dobalina Jun 30, 2011 06:13 AM

    Don't know about HOF, but the strawberry cornmeal scones at Sherman have been oozing seasonal goodness the past couple of weeks.

    1. Pia Jun 29, 2011 06:21 PM

      Pear-ginger scone from Petsi Pies.
      Florentine cookie from Lakota bakery.
      Chocolate cork and canelles from Canto 6.
      Lemon meringue pie from Hi-Rise.
      Rustic fruit tart from Clear Flour.

      Petsi Pies
      285 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

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      1. re: Pia
        three of us Jun 29, 2011 06:28 PM

        Forgot about Lakota Bakery! I might just have to pay them a visit for "research".

        Lakota Bakery
        1373 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

        1. re: three of us
          teezeetoo Jun 30, 2011 06:15 AM

          ahn donuts, adzuki creams, cranberry walnut bread and croissants from japonaise on beacon street - scones from Petsi, almond cookies and florentines from Athans, sour cherry rustic fruit tart from Clear Flour, Iggy's raisin/walnut rolls, linzer tortes from Sweet Mandel

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        sflory Jun 29, 2011 04:28 PM

        Flour bakery Twice Baked brioche, hands down

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          meeps2002 Jun 29, 2011 05:12 AM

          I will retract my Danish Pastry House in favor of South End Buttery

          Danish Pastry House
          205 Arlington St, Watertown, MA 02472

          South End Buttery
          314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

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            chuck s Jun 29, 2011 04:32 AM

            Peanut butter-chocolate sandwich cookie at Lakota.

            1. holldoll Jun 25, 2011 07:08 PM

              Lowbrow-Verna's jelly donuts
              Highbrow-Petsi Pie Coconut Cake (special order)

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              1. re: holldoll
                bella_sarda Jun 28, 2011 02:21 PM

                echoing holldoll's post
                lowbrow: Verna's plain crueller (oh the nutmeg!), tied with Verna's coffee roll (fresh yeasty goodness)
                highbrow: Flour's craquelin: brioche dough rolled up with candied orange peel; needs to be fresh though (of course)
                Some honorable mentions

                1. banana brioche bread pudding at (gasp!) the Biscuit, despite the fact that virtually all of their other baked goods belong in the hall of shame.

                2. also in the caramelized-banana department, the banana cake at Padaria Brasil, Union Square (don't know the Portuguese name, Itaunas where are you?); tender yellow cake topped with thick layer of whole caramelized bananas---diabetics beware, this thing is sweet as hell

                3. scones of choice: Nashoba Brook's currant scone, and someone's savory parmesan-prosciutto scone (Sel de la Terre? Nashoba?), purchased at Flat Black coffee co.; savory goat-cheese scone at Crema Cafe also very good.

                Crema Cafe
                27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                winedude Jun 24, 2011 11:00 AM

                My nominees are:

                1. The oreo cookies from Flour. A bite of chocolate heaven.

                2. The Sourdough loaves from Clear Flour. Honorable mention to Pain D'Avignon, but they're technically in Hyannis (though available at many Whole Foods).

                3. The Croissants, Pain Au Chocolat, and other pastries at PB Boulangerie, in Wellfleet. It's worth the drive from Boston just to get these, seriously.

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                  meeps2002 Jun 24, 2011 06:15 AM


                  The Danish Pastry House in Medford is very good. Its low cost, better than North End baked goods are worth a short drive

                  Danish Pastry House
                  330 Boston Ave, Medford, MA

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                  1. re: meeps2002
                    StriperGuy Jun 24, 2011 11:16 AM

                    Sorry, but mot of the pasties at DPH are just not that tasty.

                    1. re: StriperGuy
                      Jenny Ondioline Jun 28, 2011 02:03 PM

                      Unless you're really really into Crisco, which is what all of them taste like.

                    2. re: meeps2002
                      meeps2002 Jun 28, 2011 02:07 PM

                      I love how CH becomes a forum for you simply bashing peoples opinions.

                      1. re: meeps2002
                        Jenny Ondioline Jun 28, 2011 02:59 PM

                        Sorry, but I would hate for people to trek all the way out to Medford or Watertown for "better than North End baked Goods" -- an odd description considering that they're not offering the same types of pastry one would go to the North End for -- and then get greasy pastries that, to me, taste of little but sugar and vegetable shortening. That's not "bashing people's opinions," that's providing another viewpoint.

                        Their milk bread makes great toast, though.

                        1. re: meeps2002
                          Guinness02122 Jun 29, 2011 07:30 AM

                          Sorry. I think the point of posting something is to give your opinion. I've seen positive posts about Greenhills Bakery (on other sites) which is in Adams Village, Dorchester. I wouldn't recommend that place to anyone. The service and food are terrible, but that's just my opinion. Many locals from the neighborhood love the place.

                      2. threedogs Jun 23, 2011 06:37 PM

                        The gigantic donut coffee-roll at Linda's in Belmont. Yes, I ate all of it myself. Yes, in the car, before I ever got home. And yes, I'm dieting now.

                        Enough said. (and I'm going to stop reading this thread now or I'll go totally bonkers).

                        1. Boston_Otter Jun 23, 2011 05:46 PM

                          Second the earthquake cookies at Sofra.
                          Chocolate croissant at Quebrada.
                          The sticky bun at Flour.
                          And the humble raisin-pecan rolls from Iggy's. Brilliant.

                          1. viperlush Jun 23, 2011 04:59 PM

                            Sofra's Morning Bun

                            1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                              mleighn Jun 23, 2011 04:59 PM

                              The currant donut at Clear Flour (I think on Saturdays? Maybe Sundays?) is amazing. I actually can't even think of a word to describe how great it is.

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                                DoubleMan Jun 23, 2011 04:47 PM

                                Sofra's earthquakes and Canto 6's chocolate whiskey cakes.

                                1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                1. re: DoubleMan
                                  newhound Jun 23, 2011 06:02 PM

                                  Come to think of it--Sofra's red lentil fatayer is a great thing anew each time I eat one.

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                                  makonna Jun 23, 2011 12:02 PM

                                  Verrill scones are also my favorite. But they share my love with the plain croissants at Bella Moto.

                                  1. hiddenboston Jun 23, 2011 11:38 AM

                                    The sourdough bread from Iggy's makes me jump for joy whenever I have it (which makes me avoid having a piece of it while I'm in my car).

                                    1. MC Slim JB Jun 23, 2011 11:20 AM

                                      Don't eat a lot of baked goods at home, but I've recently enjoyed the imported alfajores at Rincón Limeño and the chocolate croissants at Chocolee. Once in a while I get sfogliatelle from Maria's and amaretti from the Modern.


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                                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                                        treb Jun 23, 2011 12:00 PM

                                        On occasion, I've driven to Ricon just for the alfajores, they never make it home.

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                                        sallyt Jun 23, 2011 11:03 AM

                                        I second the white choc raspberry scones - I was there around 3 pm on Sunday, and was so sad that all of the scones were gone! Their cookies just weren't that great.

                                        The scones at Canto 6 are a close second...

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                                        1. re: sallyt
                                          Blumie Jun 23, 2011 11:16 AM

                                          As great as those scones are, if you get there early enough in the morning when they're still warm, they're just remarkable.

                                          1. re: Blumie
                                            sallyt Jun 23, 2011 04:52 PM

                                            Blumie - which scones - the ones at Canto 6 or Verrill Farm?

                                            Verrill Farm
                                            11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

                                            1. re: sallyt
                                              Blumie Jun 23, 2011 10:54 PM


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                                          Pomegranate Martini Jun 23, 2011 10:52 AM

                                          The dried cherry scones at The Tasting Cup on Tremont St in Boston are unreal! Very close second, their eclairs. The pastry chef there is extraordinary.

                                          Tremont Cafe
                                          418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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                                          1. re: Pomegranate Martini
                                            Allstonian Jun 23, 2011 11:13 AM

                                            Should that be Thinking Cup?

                                            1. re: Allstonian
                                              Pomegranate Martini Jun 30, 2011 11:13 AM

                                              Sorry, yes the Thinking Cup.

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                                            kimfair1 Jun 23, 2011 10:29 AM

                                            Gruyere Cheese Croissants from Clear Flour

                                            Cream Puffs from Clear Flour (thankfully for my waistline only available once or twice a year!)

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                                              Guinness02122 Jun 23, 2011 09:57 AM

                                              Petsie's Pies Brownies. Their cupcakes are an honorable mention.

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                                              1. re: Guinness02122
                                                fantundo Jun 29, 2011 10:10 PM

                                                Petsi's would have to be in the Boston Baked Goods Hall of Fame just in general, but my personal favorite is the peanut butter chocolate rice krispie bar.

                                                1. re: fantundo
                                                  Bob Dobalina Jun 30, 2011 06:09 AM

                                                  I would nom the chocolate banana muffin.

                                              2. ChickenBrocandZiti Jun 23, 2011 09:55 AM

                                                Iggy's ham and cheese croissant. I'm actually glad the had to stop delivering them to South End coffee shops, I used to eat one every morning.

                                                I would also nominate the cream filled dougnuts at Flour on the weekend.

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                                                  Splendid Spatula Jun 23, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                  That vanilla bean cake at Hi-Rise. It completely slays me.

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                                                  1. re: Splendid Spatula
                                                    nonaggie Jun 23, 2011 10:46 AM

                                                    For me, it's the chocolate cork there.

                                                    1. re: nonaggie
                                                      newhound Jun 23, 2011 12:13 PM

                                                      Maple pecan scone at Hi Rise.

                                                  2. StriperGuy Jun 23, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                    The Great Boston Pastry Hunt: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/694363

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