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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Five Best Breads in San Francisco

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Destination Baking's challah. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
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  • Destination Baking's challah.

3. Challah from Destination Baking Co., 598 Chenery (at Castro), 469-0730.

Although its challah is not kosher, Glen Park's tiny Destination Baking Co. produces a few loaves every Friday that are worth sneaking out of work at lunch to find. The loaf seems to be formed by sticking giant bubbles together, and the glossy, lumpy surface is covered in sesame or poppy seeds. Each swell is produced by a skein of gold dough -- baker Joe Schuver doesn't stint on the egg yolks -- and when you cut into the loaf, each slice is marked with the swirling grain of intertwined skeins. The challah is as tender as a soft white wheat dough, but is nowhere near as bland. As you're toasting slices for Saturday breakfast, the aroma of eggs and butter soon fills the room.

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