Thanksgiving Sweets and Breads from Breads Bakery
For people who wants dessert and excellent loaves bread on the Thanksgiving table Breads Bakery should be one of your options.
This Thanksgiving, Breads debuted the chocolate babka pie ($35). If you had ever came across their magnificent chocolate babka, they essentially shaped this into a pie pan. I could make an excuse not to have the standard pumpkin or apple pie just because this babka is sweet and incredibly delicious.
The seeded challah wreath is a great alternative to dinner or Parker rolls since it has this nuanced sweetness and the heavily seeded (poppy, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower) braided loaf looks beautiful on the table.
If you (or your family) are the traditionalist and must have pie on the Thanksgiving dinner table, Breads does bake very fine, classic pies for Thanksgiving — apple cranberry ($29) and pecan ($34). The crusts are wonderfully buttery and the fillings are delicious. The apple cranberry has a great balance of sweet and tart between the apple and cranberry. The pecan is beautiful and the slightly chewy caramel melds with the toasted pecans very nicely.
If you are hosting a few people in your home for breakfast or brunch, Breads’ decadent crème brûlée danishes that have a flaky, airy pastry filled with a silky vanilla custard is a good option.
For something more savory, their super flaky cheese sticks made with their house made puff pastry and chewy olive sticks are great. The Mediterranean quiche (contains eggplants, feta and tomatoes) based on a buttery, crumbly crust is a meal in itself. The spinach and feta burek is an incredible puff pastry filled with flavorful crumbles of feta cheese and spinach.
For the sweet pastries, the super flaky butter croissant and almond croissant were wonderful. The latter contains German marizpan that makes the almond flavor sing. The poppy seed danish is not as sweet as most danishes are (in a good way) with the slightly floral, nutty poppy seeds coated on top.
If you have not planned on the baked goods department for your holiday table yet, head over to Breads ASAP (especially for the babka pie!).
18 E 16th Street (between Union Square West & 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10003