Right before Thanksgiving a friend gave me a yummy sounding recipe for Bread Pudding featuring a loaf of brioche. I was SO excited for two reasons
first, I love bread pudding! And second on my hunt for a loaf of Brioche, I could finally stop by and try Breadbar!!
So taking a break from a marathon shopping session at the Beverly Center, I headed down 3rd towards Robertson to pick up my fancy loaf! Oooo I was also day dreaming about the other pastries perhaps I could find the Lemon Bar/Tart of my dreams there!!!
Anyway, when I arrive it was just like I expected it. A Large building with plenty of small tables. The bread is all on display on the walls like works of arts, the glass cases with the pastries are imposing. I headed right up to the counter and asked the girl for a loaf of Brioche
She looked at my like I had a third eye
We dont have Brioche loaves .
Ack!! But instantly I remember, I had to make a ton of Sour Dough Bread Cubes for my stuffing So I ask if they have sour dough loaves
All of a sudden it was like I had grown some horns
We dont have American Sour Dough
I must have looked totally upset (I WAS!) because she softened up a bit and delicately stated but all our breads are pretty sour I sighed and took a look up and down the pastry case No Lemon Bars But I did spot a lemon turnover sign
Oh! Then Ill take one of those lemon turn overs!
This time she looked upset, We sold out of those, those are apple turn overs .
And do you ever have a moment where you get so hung up on having something that nothing else looks good I suddenly found myself trapped in that moment. The other Pastries and cakes look wonderful But I couldnt FATHOM having anything with Chocolate, Apples, whatever Still, I didnt want my trip to be totally in vain and so I spied a couple of little baskets full of dinner rolls, one was cheese and another appeared to be Olive After she confirmed that they were indeed Olive Dinner Rolls, I said Ill take one!!
We both looked happy again! I was taking something! And then she rang me up $1.00 Possibly her lowest ring of the day . LOL!!
As I headed down Robertson (To do more shopping of course!) I bit into the roll and it was PERFECT! Very crisp crunchy. Not too chewy at all. The inside was pillowy soft and yeasty, with hint of the sourness she spoke about. There was plenty of plump olives too to give it lots of flavor. All in all, a $1.00 well spent
As for me, I managed to pick the sourdough loaves elsewhere and a loaf of challah to use in place of the Brioche. Plus, it turned out that the recipe was rather thrown together; so the bread pudding turned out a little dry
But Im still thinking of that Olive Roll And perhaps the Breadbar can play a roll in my holiday plans afterall.. Those little rolls would make AWESOME sandwiches for New Years! :)
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