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Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)

posted on December 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm
I made a trip to H&F Bread Co. the other day for one of my increasingly regular shopping sprees. I was starving so I grabbed a sandwich from the limited lunch menu.
H&F Bakery
As much as I adore this bakery, this is the second sandwich I have had that just hasn’t done it for me. Both were on the baguette, which really needs some work. I like a good amount of tug and crunch with baguettes, but I was worried I was going to break my teeth on this one. The filling: ham, Gruyere, lettuce and horseradish (?) mustard were a tasty combination, but fighting the bread to reach them took a lot of chewing. 
This should come as a surprise, but I loaded up on few items before leaving. One of the most exciting things about this bakery is its frozen section. I don’t have the patience for baking at home so the items like pre-made pizza dough, biscuits, puff pastry, etc.  are very useful. I got the pate sucre (sweet pastry dough) on this visit that is formed into a rectangle, wrapped in brown paper and tied with string. I haven’t used it yet, but I made my Thanksgiving pie with their pie dough and it came out fabulously. A loaf of the multigrain bread, tiny Mexican Wedding cookies, a dry piece of “Mud Cake” and a few of those yummy bagels also came home with me. But this bag of sesame seed crackers was the undisputed superstar of the day.
H&F Bakery
I am not exaggerating when I tell you two people killed the entire bag in 3 minutes flat. The flavor and texture reminded me of a very well made lavosh crackers. They were crunchy, light and the seasoning was just right. These are some of the best homemade crackers I have had in a long time. I am already craving another bag. This could be trouble.
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9 comments

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Pete · December 22, 2008  6:54 PM

    You are spot on regarding the baguettes. They do hearty peasant breads quite well but the baguettes are total FAIL.

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Anonymous · December 23, 2008  6:53 AM

    LOL pete, sorry hearing you say fail makes me laugh.

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Flannytime · December 23, 2008  8:33 AM

    I loved this place until I went there to purchase a Quiche Lorraine for Thanksgiving. A smoky, gelatinous, inedible mess. I chalked it up to my naive palate, until I got to the ham biscuits. Now maybe I’m just used to the traditional southern ham biscuits…but this ham was incredibly fatty, which meant the crumbly biscuit was perfectly mismatched. Threw it all out and was not happy to have wasted a lot of money on Thanksgiving morning…

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Kathleen · December 23, 2008  10:57 AM

    I read your blog religiously and think its wonderful. However, I wonder why you never visit the Breadgarden in the Amsterdam Walk plaza. They have been a stable in the the food industry for almost twenty years. They are always voted Best Bread Critic’s choice by Creative Loafing and Atlanta magazine. Every item in that store is made fresh daily and the sandwiches are phenomenal. Am I missing something here?

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · December 23, 2008  11:06 AM

    Kathleen,
    I have visited Breadgarden many times and have never understood the hype. My last two loaves of bread from there were so stale I threw them out. I know many people like the bakery, but I am not a fan. I'd rather hit Star or H&F when I want artisan breads.
    Thanks for reading.
    Jennifer

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Pat · December 23, 2008  11:57 AM

    Flannytime, I am sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your quiche or the ham biscuits. I just had their quiche for the first time this week and I found it to be light and almost custard-y. I loved it. As for bread, pre-order the semolina pullman. Ham and cheese sandwiches will never be the same.

    One quick correction to my earlier post, the salted caramel chocolate cake is to die for.

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Carolina deWitte · December 24, 2008  6:17 PM

    Being an ‘ex pat’ Atlantan, I love reading this blog. I now live in Tucson, and we have a local bakery chain here called Beyond Bread that gets rave reviews from all friends and family who visit me here. I wish I could talk them into opening one in Atlanta and then letting me run it. They have the BEST breads, but their sandwiches are all ‘to die for’. Yum. The largest problem is there is ALWAYS a long wait. They do set out bread samples for people to munch while they’re waiting in line, which helps a bit. I think they have 3 locations here, but I’ve only been to my ‘local’ location. I thought it was worse here, since it is smack in the middle of the University district, but have been informed that the wait is standard at all locations. Anyway, if anyone visits Tucson and wants a great, reasonably-priced lunch (and has a bit of time to kill) then remember Beyond Bread. (And, NO…my only affiliation with them is through my tummy!) BTW…they ALSO sell wonderful pastries, etc.

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: mermer · January 12, 2009  9:13 AM

    if you enjoyed those sesame crackers, you should try the packaged chinese sesame crackers that you can get in the Ranch 99 snack food aisle the next time you visit Ming’s or Buford Highway in general. they’re probably a lot cheaper and just as addictive.

  • Re: Yet another visit to H&F Bakery (CLOSED)
    posted by: Anonymous · February 4, 2010  12:25 PM

    I heard rumors about the owner of this otherwise ok bakery…Apparently he kicked out his former head baker and partner, after using him to get all his bread recipes…When the baker returned to talk, the owner apparently called the police, called him an Arab and had him arrested, accusing him of trespassing! The baker I believe was Jewish. Do I smell antisemitism at H&F?….

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