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Challah and Tea Cookies at Mama’s Bakery in Los Gatos

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Today I took the long way, driving up Hwy 1 through Santa Cruz then 17 over the hill and then 9 to San Jose. With temperatures in the 90’s, I pulled into Safeway in downtown Los Gatos to get an ice cold bottle of water. Returning to my car, I could see Mama’s Bakery across the street. Not knowing anything about it, I went over to investigate.

Opening the door and seeing racks and racks of cooling baked goods, I closed it quickly thinking I’d walked in the back door by mistake. Nope, the owner/baker came out to invite me in. Basically, it looks like a cramped commercial kitchen full of baking equipment and no display cases.

The owner put a cookie in my hand. Dairy-free, the tea cookie has a sandy texture and chopped nuts. Sold for 25/$6, I asked for a box. The owner gave me more, filling the box with 32 cookies.
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Besides cinnamon rolls and the cookies, the only other item on the racks on Friday were loaves of challah, available plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, or whole wheat. I bought a one-pound loaf of sesame seed challah, $4, to take to tonight’s Sichuan chowdown. Tender, light and eggy, the flavors are very clean. After a blessing, we tore it apart and used it to mop up some of the fiery red oil on our plates.
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Mama’s Bakery
473 N Santa Cruz Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 395-5254
http://mamasbakery.com/

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