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Zwiebaqck? Where?

sweetfern Jan 8, 2012 06:23 PM

I have looked in my favorite stores for Zwieback, and it seems to have gone out of fashion
around CAMBRIDGE, where I live. Any buyers and users in my vicinity? It is PERFECT
for the bottom crust in cheesecake, much better than graham crackers.

Thanks for any leads.


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    sweetfern RE: sweetfern Jan 8, 2012 06:25 PM

    OOPS! That's ZWIEBACK, folks!


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      Chef Bwana RE: sweetfern Jan 8, 2012 10:12 PM

      Are you looking for some kind of boutique zwieback, because I'm pretty sure every supermarket in the greater Boston area has the Nabisco brand in the cookie aisle. Look for the teething baby on the package. I'll keep an eye out next time at Market Basket, but I'd be amazed if they don't have it. Worse comes to worse you can order it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

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        Jenny Ondioline RE: Chef Bwana Jan 8, 2012 10:56 PM

        Actually, I'm pretty sure most supermarkets stock the zwieback and other teething biscuits in the baby food aisle these days. It might be worth a peek down there if the OP hasn't already thought of that.

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          sweetfern RE: Jenny Ondioline Jan 9, 2012 05:17 AM

          Well, I'll look again--I couldn't find it at Shaw's, Whole Foods, or my very local store.
          Thanks for the tips, I'll report back.


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            Cachetes RE: Jenny Ondioline Jan 9, 2012 05:31 AM

            Agreed, I've found it in recent years, but always in the baby food aisle. Like the OP, it's the only thing I'll use for cheesecake!

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              debbed RE: Cachetes Jan 9, 2012 05:41 AM

              I am quite sure that Nabisco has discontinued this product.

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                Cachetes RE: debbed Jan 9, 2012 06:02 AM

                Wow, it's been that long since I made a cheesecake with zwieback??? I guess middle age is leading the years (or my mind) to go faster than I wish.
                That's a shame - I think the last cheesecake or two that I made was with graham crackers, but I did it b/c I had them on hand and was too lazy to go to the store. I didn't like it as much as zwieback. Maybe there are other brands the OP could seek.

                Thanks for letting me know!

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                  CookieLee RE: debbed Jan 9, 2012 06:49 AM

                  I haven't been able to find it, and I was afraid this is what happened.

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                    scubahood10 RE: debbed Jan 9, 2012 10:45 AM

                    I am not surprised. We gave it to our first child, now three and a half but we couldn't find any for our baby born last year. Searched a lot of stores and all we ever found were biter biscuits. I hadn't even heard of using it in cheesecake!

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                      sweetfern RE: scubahood10 Jan 9, 2012 11:18 AM


                      I did a little googling, ended up at the King Arthur site, where they report its demise and give a recipe. Zwieback is roughly 100% better for a cheesecake bottom crust than graham crackers. And there once was a time when cheesecake had NO CRUST! Utterly delicious, and if anyone has eaten this
                      no-crust cheesecake in the Boston area, I'd love to know.


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                        Chef Bwana RE: sweetfern Jan 9, 2012 01:23 PM

                        Opinion seems divided on this brand, but apparently it's available at Christmas Tree Shops as well as Amazon: http://www.brandt-zwieback.de/

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                          BostonZest RE: Chef Bwana Jan 9, 2012 05:14 PM

                          and The Good old Vermont country store has one with your original spelling from Germany.



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                          scubahood10 RE: sweetfern Jan 10, 2012 03:49 AM

                          I did find this if you are feeling adventurous!

                          Zwieback Toast
                          1/2 c milk
                          1 pkg active dry yeast
                          1/4 c sugar
                          1/4 c butter -- melted
                          1/4 tsp salt
                          1/2 tsp ground anise or anise flavoring
                          3 eggs
                          3 c flour

                          Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Scald the milk and when lukewarm add to the yeast. Add the sugar, butter, salt, anise and the eggs unbeaten, and enough flour to handle.Let rise until light. Make into 3 inch oblong rolls, place close together in a buttered pan in rows, two inches apart. Let rise again and bake 20 minutes. When cold cut in 1/2 inch slices and brown evenly in the oven. If desired you can ice with a glaze made from confectioner's sugaror dust with confectioner's sugar

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                            threedogs RE: sweetfern Jan 10, 2012 07:57 PM

                            I used to make cheesecake w/out the crust - a very, heavy, rich type of cheesecake. Basically, just left it out. Comes out delicious.

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                  pemma RE: sweetfern Jan 9, 2012 07:29 PM

                  Yes, Nabisco zwieback is gone. We could not find it last year. My wife uses it every Christmas to make an almond filling for a pastry wreath. She was able to substitue Stella D'oro almond flavored toast..

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