Sugar Rush: Chocolate Babka, Loaf Cakes, and Canelés at Bread's Bakery

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.

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[Photographs: Kathy YL Chan]

I promised you a return trip for the Chocolate Babka ($9.95), and here it is! Look at those endless braids laced with melty chocolate chips. It is an excellent babka, a "fancy" one, all yeasty with a brioche-like buttery body.

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Take a look inside! See all the layers, the twists and turns, so moist with chocolate evenly distributed.

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The bakery also bakes cake loaves that sit on the shelf right above the babka. They come in flavors like Carrot Cake ($9.95, pictured) with tons of walnuts and rough grated carrots, Maple-Pecan, Marble (chocolate and vanilla swirl), and Banana. While they look tempting, they're also the weakest link in the bakery lineup, simply because they are excessively sweet. Instead...

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...pick up a canelé (or two!) near the register. $3 apiece, with a beautiful caramelized exterior, custardy soft all the way through.

Breads Bakery

18 E 16th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map) 212-633-2253
breadsbakery.com