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2020-08-22 11:32:27 AM  
19 votes:
The loaf of crusty Italian coming out of my oven this afternoon.
 
2020-08-22 4:01:49 PM  
17 votes:
My grandma's bread, fresh out of the corn-cob fired oven, slathered with butter from the cows on her farm and  jam made with strawberries from her garden.   It's been almost 60 years, and that's still my gold standard.
 
2020-08-22 11:52:09 AM  
16 votes:
San Francisco sourdough
 
2020-08-22 12:44:57 PM  
11 votes:
Fresh tortillas.
 
2020-08-22 11:58:03 AM  
10 votes:
If you are lucky, the next one.


Europeans have breads the way American supermarkets have snack foods:  whole aisles of them. That is one thing I loved about Europe, although the chips and sausages were expensive, and the bread was relatively cheap.

As a rule, people need to be more like each other, which is to say amazingly diverse.
 
2020-08-22 11:34:23 AM  
9 votes:
When we lived in Turkey, the canon fired at sunset during Ramadan signaled that it was mad rush time to the local bakery, where we picked up fresh flatbread made in an enormous wood-fired oven.

It was fluffy with a nice crust, and was infused with some small black seeds that to this day I haven't been able to find.  They weren't sesame or poppy seeds, either.

Topped with fresh olive oil and feta, it was delicious.
 
2020-08-22 12:19:19 PM  
7 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: The loaf of crusty Italian coming out of my oven this afternoon.


Yep.  Anything fresh baked.
 
2020-08-22 2:43:11 PM  
6 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: The loaf of crusty Italian coming out of my oven this afternoon.


Same here. I've gotten really good at bread, and I praise Jebus for the KitchenAid dough hook.

Now I'm doing keto because my bread is TOO good.
 
2020-08-22 11:52:37 AM  
6 votes:
Any soft bread.

Crunchy rock hard bread can die a thousand deaths for being the traitor that it is.

I spit on you hard bread!
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2020-08-23 7:05:33 AM  
5 votes:

dryknife: Builds strong bodies.
Wonder Bread
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Laugh if you want. I was going to post about another variety fresh out of the oven, but this made me think.

For a person of a certain age (old) and background, Wonder Bread was the only bread we knew. I had not had any since the 70's when a few years ago I had access to a loaf. I also had access to Welch's grape jelly. Before I knew it I was 7 years old again. It was such a strong nostalgia moment I was stunned. Back to a time when my parents were alive and I didn't have a care or worry in the world.

And that was the best sandwich I've had in a while.
 
2020-08-22 3:55:51 PM  
5 votes:
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2020-08-22 1:36:34 PM  
5 votes:

AnotherBluesStringer: I'm gonna slightly hijack this thread for a second, I have a friend who swears that pizza dough has scientifically been proven to be better in California because of some bacterium in the air. While this sounds like a full of shiat statement, I'd like to know if anyone else has ever heard of this nonsense.


More full of shiat than you realize. Northern California bakeries are renowned for the insect poop in their grains, which is rich in Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis bacteria, considered key to San Francisco's reputation for having among the world's best sourdough cultures. [popsci]
 
2020-08-22 1:12:45 PM  
4 votes:

markie_farkie: When we lived in Turkey, the canon fired at sunset during Ramadan signaled that it was mad rush time to the local bakery, where we picked up fresh flatbread made in an enormous wood-fired oven.

It was fluffy with a nice crust, and was infused with some small black seeds that to this day I haven't been able to find.  They weren't sesame or poppy seeds, either.

Topped with fresh olive oil and feta, it was delicious.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigella​_​sativa perhaps?
 
2020-08-22 1:02:35 PM  
4 votes:

Barfmaker: Ace Bakery's Pane Rustico, it's the perfect bread. How much more perfect could it be? None. None more perfect.


Now with picture goodness.

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2020-08-22 1:01:39 PM  
4 votes:
Ace Bakery's Pane Rustico, it's the perfect bread. How much more perfect could it be? None. None more perfect.
 
2020-08-22 12:53:21 PM  
4 votes:
Yo, where mah Semites at?
Challah back, y'all.
 
2020-08-22 7:14:52 PM  
3 votes:
Any bread you baked yourself.

Protip: when baking your own loaf at home, use a dutch oven; it will steam it as it bakes, creating the conditions necessary to bake loaves like a professional bread oven. Also, it should be HOT - I bake at 475 most of the time.
 
2020-08-22 5:25:26 PM  
3 votes:
I can't pretend to have eaten all the breads in the world, but steamed bao buns are so far the best bread I've ever eaten that you'd have a hard time convincing me otherwise.

BTW, I make a pretty darn good white loaf in my cast iron dutch oven. Nice thick crust. Lotsa air holes. But it's just a butter delivery vehicle.
 
2020-08-22 5:17:25 PM  
3 votes:
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/lasts and lasts
 
2020-08-22 4:27:15 PM  
3 votes:
trick question. all breads are great. i like naan. and many many others
 
2020-08-22 4:07:49 PM  
3 votes:
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2020-08-23 7:28:47 AM  
2 votes:

The_Philosopher_King: dryknife: Builds strong bodies.
Wonder Bread
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Laugh if you want. I was going to post about another variety fresh out of the oven, but this made me think.

For a person of a certain age (old) and background, Wonder Bread was the only bread we knew. I had not had any since the 70's when a few years ago I had access to a loaf. I also had access to Welch's grape jelly. Before I knew it I was 7 years old again. It was such a strong nostalgia moment I was stunned. Back to a time when my parents were alive and I didn't have a care or worry in the world.

And that was the best sandwich I've had in a while.


CSB

Sad, but cool.
 
2020-08-23 12:18:14 AM  
2 votes:
A real baguette in Paris.
 
2020-08-22 11:50:49 PM  
2 votes:

It'sMorphin'Time: AnotherBluesStringer: I'm gonna slightly hijack this thread for a second, I have a friend who swears that pizza dough has scientifically been proven to be better in California because of some bacterium in the air. While this sounds like a full of shiat statement, I'd like to know if anyone else has ever heard of this nonsense.

That's called yeast and your friend thinks she's eating sourdough.

She's also really stupid. Sorry to bear bad news.

/Ap flour, yeast, garlic, parmesan, Dill, onion, water. Bake. Eat.


Well there are sourdough pizza doughs.

Though you're right in that she probably isn't talking about that.
 
2020-08-22 11:48:07 PM  
2 votes:

AnotherBluesStringer: I'm gonna slightly hijack this thread for a second, I have a friend who swears that pizza dough has scientifically been proven to be better in California because of some bacterium in the air. While this sounds like a full of shiat statement, I'd like to know if anyone else has ever heard of this nonsense.


That's called yeast and your friend thinks she's eating sourdough.

She's also really stupid. Sorry to bear bad news.

/Ap flour, yeast, garlic, parmesan, Dill, onion, water. Bake. Eat.
 
2020-08-22 8:02:05 PM  
2 votes:

billybobtoo: A real French baugette...


Yeah. There are a lot of great breads in the world, but a really good baguette is pretty amazing. France and Italy both have good wines, Italy has better food, but French bread is ... mmm.
 
2020-08-22 5:30:07 PM  
2 votes:
A real French baugette...
 
2020-08-22 5:12:17 PM  
2 votes:
Builds strong bodies.

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2020-08-22 5:05:33 PM  
2 votes:
Ja-PAN!!!!

Yakitate Japan - 324 layer croissant
Youtube o_srPS_HbWg

Best anime of all time. Come for the breadgasms, stay for the good story.
 
2020-08-22 5:01:49 PM  
2 votes:
Growing up there was a bakery called Pacelli's across the street from the local jail. Best crusty Italian bread, ever. They've been closed for I don't even know how long now, maybe 20 years?  I'd cut every single one of you for just one grinder roll from there.
 
2020-08-22 4:35:49 PM  
2 votes:
I'd say it's fairly impossible to pick a single best. So many varieties that pair with different occasions and cuisines. For versatility If day a fresh rustic loaf or baguette works. For a little bit of a sweeter dessert or coffee bread I highly recommend Finnish Pulla. And with fresh warm hummus I'll always go with right out of the oven Laffa bread over Pita.
 
2020-08-22 4:25:19 PM  
2 votes:

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Fresh tortillas.


This.

Fresh tortillas are amazing. Tortillas are already versatile and pack easily for long hikes and stuff. Fresh made is just so much better.

Then when they are no longer fresh? Cut em up, fry em and make migas.
 
2020-08-22 4:05:32 PM  
2 votes:

Gough: My grandma's bread, fresh out of the corn-cob fired oven, slathered with butter from the cows on her farm and  jam made with strawberries from her garden.   It's been almost 60 years, and that's still my gold standard.


Similar for me for my Corsican aunt but it was an open face baguette with fresh butter and a slice of ham from her pigs
 
2020-08-22 4:05:30 PM  
2 votes:

FormlessOne: Marcus Aurelius: The loaf of crusty Italian coming out of my oven this afternoon.

Came here to say "the bread I bake at home," leaving happily & knowing that I'm in good company.


I like to prep it at night and let the dough ferment in the refrigerator overnight. It gets a lovely boozy flavor to it.
 
2020-08-22 3:55:41 PM  
2 votes:
Any one with cheese served upon on it.
 
2020-08-22 3:53:20 PM  
2 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: The loaf of crusty Italian coming out of my oven this afternoon.


Came here to say "the bread I bake at home," leaving happily & knowing that I'm in good company.
 
2020-08-22 3:20:21 PM  
2 votes:
Fresh, hot and just out of the bread maker is my personal favorite.
 
2020-08-22 1:57:05 PM  
2 votes:
U.S. dollars?
 
2020-08-22 1:36:06 PM  
2 votes:
Sliced.
 
2020-08-22 12:54:49 PM  
2 votes:
Matmos - Breaking Bread (Official Music Video)
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2020-08-23 11:52:39 PM  
1 vote:
Free bread.
 
2020-08-23 3:38:00 PM  
1 vote:

Barfmaker: Ace Bakery's Pane Rustico, it's the perfect bread. How much more perfect could it be? None. None more perfect.



Did it just come out of the oven?  Is it warm?  Also, it looks a little thinly sliced.
 
2020-08-23 3:16:50 PM  
1 vote:

FormlessOne: zeroflight222: FormlessOne: BrerRobot: Tamales
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Serious question - do tamales count as a bread product, or are they technically a pudding?

A quick google suggests it's generally considered a basic cornbread (if not counting the filling).  The Brittanica calls it a cake of corn dough, cake being an adjective in this case.  If counting the filling, I'd think they fall more in the same category as a steamed bun, which is a debate in itself.

I was curious - I wonder how much overlap they all have, taxonomically speaking? Puddings, hum bow, tamales, mantou, brown breads, etc.


So, I went looking, and now I've got a whole raft of steamed foods I have to try out now... I love the web, sometimes.
 
2020-08-23 3:11:20 PM  
1 vote:
Now that the results are in...

("envelope, please")
opens envelope

"Thoroughbreds."
 
2020-08-23 7:37:53 AM  
1 vote:

TwowheelinTim: relaxitsjustme: Fresh soft pretzels purchased from a cart in downtown Philadelphia, topped with just a ribbon of yellow mustard and eaten while taking a break from seeing the sights along Ben Franklin Parkway.

/no butter or farked up cheese bullshiat on it either

How 'bout deep fried? Do they deep fry those things?


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Deep fried?  This look like a doughnut to you?
 
2020-08-23 4:56:20 AM  
1 vote:
All I know is my mother won the county fair with her bread a few decades ago. Won a brand new Kitchen Aid mixer.

/it's damn good bread
 
2020-08-23 4:41:44 AM  
1 vote:
I love my breadmaker, mom gave me hers plus four bread machine cookbooks by donna german. Last one i did was a nice crusty cuban ...
 
2020-08-23 3:26:44 AM  
1 vote:
Fresh soft pretzels purchased from a cart in downtown Philadelphia, topped with just a ribbon of yellow mustard and eaten while taking a break from seeing the sights along Ben Franklin Parkway.

/no butter or farked up cheese bullshiat on it either
 
2020-08-23 1:30:59 AM  
1 vote:

Birnone: If I had to pick a place that I like specifically for bread, and for a specific bread, it would be Erick Schat's Bakery in Bishop, CA. I'm not up that way all the time but when I go up there I ALWAYS stop for some Honi Squaw bread. Not only do I eat some up there but I bring some back here to eat later. That's the only bread I like so much I'll drive around with it for hours just to bring some home. They have a website but they aren't taking orders right now, in case you wanted to try it.


We make the run over to Bishop on 6 and down 395 whenever we travel between the two "Inland Empires".  Erick Schat's Bakery is one of our stops.
 
2020-08-23 12:23:50 AM  
1 vote:

BrerRobot: Tamales
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Serious question - do tamales count as a bread product, or are they technically a pudding?
 
2020-08-22 11:06:02 PM  
1 vote:
Tamales
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2020-08-22 10:19:03 PM  
1 vote:
If I had to pick a place that I like specifically for bread, and for a specific bread, it would be Erick Schat's Bakery in Bishop, CA. I'm not up that way all the time but when I go up there I ALWAYS stop for some Honi Squaw bread. Not only do I eat some up there but I bring some back here to eat later. That's the only bread I like so much I'll drive around with it for hours just to bring some home. They have a website but they aren't taking orders right now, in case you wanted to try it.
 
2020-08-22 10:04:34 PM  
1 vote:
For me, a fresh loaf with rosemary in it.

And for all you bread nuts, I can't recommend Yakitate enough!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakitat​e​!!_Japan

The style is (a lot) campy.  But it's a fun show.
 
2020-08-22 9:49:36 PM  
1 vote:
Freshly baked
 
2020-08-22 9:39:51 PM  
1 vote:
Sourdough rye.
 
2020-08-22 8:31:46 PM  
1 vote:
When I was a young child, a good friend of mine was in Cub Scouts.

He said that "Wonder Bread" was the best, because he could squish it down to nothing, yet it magically reinflated to become a loaf of its original sponginess in no time.

Noted.  I guess have different standards about what makes up "good bread".
 
2020-08-22 7:12:08 PM  
1 vote:
Fresh, hot naan
 
2020-08-22 6:37:37 PM  
1 vote:

AnotherBluesStringer: I'm gonna slightly hijack this thread for a second, I have a friend who swears that pizza dough has scientifically been proven to be better in California because of some bacterium in the air. While this sounds like a full of shiat statement, I'd like to know if anyone else has ever heard of this nonsense.


Others have covered it pretty well so I'll cover why the cousin thinks this.  Watch some videos or read some articles about what gives San Francisco sourdough its uniqueness compared to other sourdoughs, and it'll boil down to 2 things.

One, unless created in a relatively sterile environment, starter picks up all of the wild yeasts & bacteria in the close environment and melds them with what was in the flour to begin with.  If you make it yourself, you'll get mostly stuff from where the flour was made but with some unique stuff in your kitchen that could be from other foods or local pollen or snotty kids.  Each location is unique and it's been long argued that San Francisco has some mighty unique flavors in the air between all of the plant life and strong ocean air blowing in other stuff from sea.  A lot of people go out of their way for these unique combinations.  Heck, there's a sourdough library, like the seed library, that catalogs and maintains starters from around the world just to maintain the unique bacteria/yeast combinations should something happen to the original locations.

Two, the age of the starter/mother; the long running places are using & replenishing lumps of starter that have been maintained for many decades, some over 100 years.  This preserves bacteria & yeasts that may not be around anymore except for that starter.  But more importantly the flavors in the starter have had time to really stretch and mature, having developed its own richness, like a fine aged wine.  A lot of local places will often buy some big hunks of starter from the long-running places to skip a long period of maintenance and cash in on that uniqueness and complexity.  Some have tried to take hunks elsewhere in the country but couldn't keep the S.F. flavor.

So the pizza dough is very likely unique and many peoples' favorite.  But proven best?  No way.  To quote James Bond,   "...just different.  Like Peking Duck is different from Russian Caviar.  But I love them both."
 
2020-08-22 6:29:04 PM  
1 vote:
The grinder rolls we used to get in Westerly, RI when I was a kid and we were visiting my grandparents. I think the place went under 30 years ago, no idea why.
 
2020-08-22 6:21:43 PM  
1 vote:

Shaggy_C: Any one with cheese served upon on it.

How about cheese (and jalapeños and your choice of Cajun meat and Cajun seasoning) in it?
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2020-08-22 5:58:20 PM  
1 vote:

Dr Jack Badofsky: AnotherBluesStringer: I'm gonna slightly hijack this thread for a second, I have a friend who swears that pizza dough has scientifically been proven to be better in California because of some bacterium in the air. While this sounds like a full of shiat statement, I'd like to know if anyone else has ever heard of this nonsense.

Like a San Francisco homeless person, he's full.of shiat.


Well that's a lie. Or else san Francisco wouldn't have a shiat cleaning crew.
 
2020-08-22 5:37:26 PM  
1 vote:
These little buggers.  Right here:

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2020-08-22 5:34:08 PM  
1 vote:

sswo: TwowheelinTim: Calypsocookie: Any soft bread.

Crunchy rock hard bread can die a thousand deaths for being the traitor that it is.

I spit on you hard bread!
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I have a recipe for squash rolls that you would love. Say the word and I'll post it here.

""The word."


I've been working with this recipe for a few years and have been tweaking it since. This is the latest iteration. I like to use butternut squash. I've tried others, but keep coming back to the butternut. I really like its flavor, and it gives the bread a b*tchin' color.

I will sometimes substitute the squash with potatoes or sweet potatoes while adjusting final flour additions on the fly due to differences in water content.

And while it's not in the recipe, After I divide the dough, I'll coat the balls with oil before they rise.

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2020-08-22 5:06:24 PM  
1 vote:

markie_farkie: small black seeds that to this day I haven't been able to find


Nigella seeds
 
2020-08-22 4:45:59 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-08-22 4:44:29 PM  
1 vote:

Hubris Boy: San Francisco sourdough


Right now it is a little too smokey for my tastes.
 
2020-08-22 4:42:36 PM  
1 vote:
Many years ago I had a manager who was Lebanese. About once a month he would bring in some man'oushe that his wife had made. It was delicious.
 
2020-08-22 4:21:51 PM  
1 vote:

Calypsocookie: Any soft bread.

Crunchy rock hard bread can die a thousand deaths for being the traitor that it is.

I spit on you hard bread!
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Dwarf bread
 
2020-08-22 4:01:44 PM  
1 vote:

Calypsocookie: Any soft bread.

Crunchy rock hard bread can die a thousand deaths for being the traitor that it is.

I spit on you hard bread!
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I have a recipe for squash rolls that you would love. Say the word and I'll post it here.
 
2020-08-22 2:17:24 PM  
1 vote:
Butter fried maple frosted cinnamon raisin bread
 
2020-08-22 2:04:15 PM  
1 vote:
Pumpernickel Bagels from a proper deli.
 
2020-08-22 12:45:58 PM  
1 vote:

markie_farkie: When we lived in Turkey, the canon fired at sunset during Ramadan signaled that it was mad rush time to the local bakery, where we picked up fresh flatbread made in an enormous wood-fired oven.

It was fluffy with a nice crust, and was infused with some small black seeds that to this day I haven't been able to find.  They weren't sesame or poppy seeds, either.

Topped with fresh olive oil and feta, it was delicious.


I second Turkish. Turks know their bread.
My favorite is  Etli Ekmek : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etli_​ekm​ek
 
2020-08-22 11:51:52 AM  
1 vote:
NY Jewish Rye & NY Jewish Pumpernickel!
 
2020-08-22 11:28:13 AM  
1 vote:
National Bakery hard rolls or Portuguese rolls.
 
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