And, certainly worth the trip. This was our bread bowl after a visit to Clear Flour Bread.
Out in front was the Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. It really doesn't matter what they are putting in a tart, we'll buy it because it will always be flakey, fruitful, and not overly sweet. Lets zoom in on that little beauty!
While they do prepare good pastry, this is a bakery first and foremost. It's the breads that send us on long walks from the Back Bay to Packards Corners, and on to 178 Thorndike Street in Brookline.
Each day Clear Flour prepares a selection of European artisan breads. You can find the daily schedule here. We love far too many of these selections. One of our all time favorites is the Ancienne Baguette. Clear Flour describes it as a "rustic french baguette with a very open texture & a fully caramelized crust for those seeking bold crunch and mildly sweet flavor." It's the long loaf in the first photo.
This trip they were featuring a seasonal selection– Irish Soda Bread in "sweet" and multi-grain versions. We bought both. The sweet had just the right touch of caraway. The multi-grain was good with meals and great with jam.
There is also an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and Cranberry Currant Scone tucked into the collection at the top.
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178 Thorndike Street, Brookline, MA 02446-5844 (map)
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: © 2011 Penny Cherubino