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Andersen Bakery "English" Bread Recipe Request [Moved from SF Bay Area board]

dcnoise Jun 23, 2012 02:22 PM

My Japanese American wife is yearning for a recipe that approximates the "English" bread sold in Andersen Bakeries in and around The Bay area. The white bread is a bit like a cross between a pain de mie and a brioche loaf - flaky and buttery and toasts amazingly. It is impossible to find here in London and we have been unable to source either a supplier or even a recipe. Can anyone help? Please?

  1. wolfe Jun 23, 2012 03:40 PM

    Try for recipes on Home Cooking Board.

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    1. re: wolfe
      dcnoise Jun 24, 2012 02:42 AM

      Thanks Wolfe. Sadly no further lead from website.

    2. todao Jun 23, 2012 05:47 PM

      You mention its similarity to brioche. Is this "English" bread a perfectly "white" bread or slightly yellow in color? The reason I ask is that the English make a Challah that incorporates honey in the formula.

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      1. re: todao
        dcnoise Jun 24, 2012 02:45 AM

        Thanks Todao - it's completely white but almost flakey in its consistency. It's definitely not a challa or honeyed. We live in London and have occasionally found similar bread at Japan Centre but it is sadly not the same. The quest continues!

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        sandylc Jun 23, 2012 08:55 PM

        The bakery website says that the bread is shortening-based - ?

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        1. re: sandylc
          dcnoise Jun 24, 2012 02:51 AM

          We're still ploughing through all the references we can found but it's definitely different to Japanese "white" bread. It doesn't taste "buttery" either so still uncertain.

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