Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Markets & Stores

San Francisco Bay Area Berkeley Bakery Cakes

Nabolom Bakery's rum/schnapp's soaked fruitcake and other holiday treats


Markets & Stores 13

Nabolom Bakery's rum/schnapp's soaked fruitcake and other holiday treats

rworange | Dec 11, 2007 06:20 PM

Two years after reading this article about Nabolom's fruitcake, I finally picked one up today.

The fruit (mainly raisins with a little pineapple and dates I think) are soaked for three months in the alcohol. There's some nice slivered almonds and good pecans. It is a dense, sweet and slightly sticky dark fruitcake that is very good. Surprisingly the alcohol doesn't domniate the flavor. Well worth the $12 for the small loaf-sized fruitcake.

They also have an excellent challah that has a nice dense texture. The crust is soft as most Bay Area challahs, but I like it a lot. Maybe a notch behind Irvings with a close tie to Sweet Adeline's challah.

Nabolom will have their holiday list of other baked goods available tommorrow.

For me though, Cheeseboard remains my favorite fruitcake because I like the in-your-face booziness of it and the selection of dried fruits like dried apricots. However in a past post someone had the revese opinion ....

"In the last thread someone mentioned Cheeseboard in Berkeley. While I've had that one and enjoyed it, it doesn't compare to the rich, moist (no joke), liquor-soaked one made by the fine folks at Nabolom Bakery ... One year, before I was heading home, I got one just as it came out of the oven ... all warm and sticky, with an enchanting smell... it nearly didn't make the journey! Thanks for reminding me. I need to go there and get my fix before they're all gone!"

The are both fine fruitcakes and IMO neither will disappoint and both are delicious.

Has anyone tried Sweet Adeline's fruitcake? They had very pretty wrapped cakes but for fruitcake that was about the size of a Schmidtt truffle it was six bucks.

PIcked up a copy of Hopkins Bakery holiday treats. Has anyone tried the Weihnacht's stollen? $19.50.

They also have
- Buche de Noel - chocolate genoise, grande Marnier, chocolate orange mousse, butterscotch, chocolate bark ($42/$32)
- Desire de Roi (King's cake) - chocolate genoise, framboise, fresh raspberries, chocolate ($35/$23)
- Boule de Neige (Snowball) - chocolate fudge cake, raspberry mousse, chocolate chips, Amaretto crunch, kirsh, chantilly cream ($35/$23)
- Eggnog cheesecake ($32)
- English Eccles cake - raisins, currants and spices

Here's a link to a previous post about Christmas desserts from a few years ago. I highly recommend Masse's mini Buche de Noel ... amazingly enough ... especially the lemon buche.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound