Posts Tagged ‘fresh bread’

Kaffeeklatsch

April 16, 2014

I never go to Lake City – it’s relatively far from Cap Hill, and let’s be honest, if you’re not in the market for a used car, there isn’t much reason to visit. But I didn’t want to leave any bakery untried, so I made the trek to Kaffeeklatsch, a neighborhood bakery that I ended up wishing was in a different neighborhood so I could visit more often. But to their credit, they work really hard to enrich the Lake City area, and advertise all kinds of community events.

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The selection of pastries and desserts got me excited, but when I saw the array of breads for sale my heart was won. I had a hard time choosing between the Sunflower Rye and Potato, but ended up instead with a Challah-type loaf called a Hefezopf.  I also went with the Linzertorte and chocolate chip cookie.

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The bread was excellent (I’m a sucker for a good egg-wash), but the Linzertorte could have used a little salt on top (whereas the cookie had too much). What won me over was the inspired cinnamon roll, pictured below with icing on the side:

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It was a beautiful thing while it lasted! I loved the browned caramelized “top” and perfect flaky texture (not chewy or dry!). Just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon flavor too. Perhaps its better that they remain in Lake City, or I’d have to do a lot more Pilates!

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Boulangerie Nantaise

May 29, 2012

Belltown is right up there with Capitol Hill in terms of food and drink, and might be a little ahead in the dessert game. Boulangerie Nantaise is one of several bakeries in the area, and stands out from the crowd thanks to top-notch breads, yummy pastries, and… free parking.

It also helps that there’s free wifi and a low-key vibe – great for lingering over coffee and croissants.  Speaking of which, I’d heard good things about the marionberry croissant, and it looked very pretty sitting with its cousin croissants on the counter:

But I was in the mood for chocolate, and their brownies were yelp-approved. I must say, I was not disappointed – the brownie wasn’t so fudgy that it melted in my hands, but it wasn’t too dry either. Strong coco flavor and rich taste… my mouth waters just looking at the picture:

And yes, there are walnuts, so nut-hates be warned. But other than that, this treat should please anybody.