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Old 07-14-2011, 09:45 PM
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Somehow, this seems to have turned into a question of schnecken. In my opinion, the Virginia Bakery schnecken were close to inedible... usually undercooked, semiraw dough, with a minimum of nuts and fruit, as well as being rather underspiced. What Virginia Bakery (and now, Busken's) produced is essentially a mediocre sticky bun, not schnecken... the original walnuts, almonds and honey being replaced, if I remember, with pecans and brown sugar. It's been a while since I had a devolved schnecken.

We have a great schnecken tradition. If you want something that closely resembles the real deal, a great recipe for schnecken can be found in "Jewish Cooking In America" by Joan Nathan (Alfred Knopf, NYC,NY, 1994). It is from the long-gone Cincinnati Jewish Bake Shop, and dates back to 1929. I don't play much with its proportions, but spice and nut it to your palate. Baking is fun; no need to settle for less.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:55 AM
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Busken makes their products in a factory. This results in consistency but not exceptionalism. Also, they must have a cost accountant on their kitchen staff. Always stingy with the expensive ingredients. I posted Shadeau above and stand by it. But, don't expect corporate control of quantities and availability. Go in at the holidays and see what he has. And, go in early.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:53 AM
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Not a big schnecken fan myself, but on the topic of local bakery chains I think Servatii and Graeters are doing a way better job of semi-mass production while upholding quality than Busken is.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:11 PM
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As romantic as it may sound goyguy has it right as I can remember. I lived there in the 80's&90's. Thanks for the update!
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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Any friend of schnecken is a friend of mine!
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:44 PM
Location: Mason, OH
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My brother brought me a schnecken at Christmas he got from Frieda's Desserts in Madeira. Absolutely fabulous.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:38 PM
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Madeira and everything associated with it is absolutley marvelous. It seems to exist in a parrallel state of magnificance that few can truly comprehend.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:19 AM
Location: Cincinnati near
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Last year I had a student that was a chef before going back to school. Around Christmas time she gave me a box with twenty or so schnecken rolls and a 4 lb log of goetta. I almost decided to sit in my office and eat it all myself rather than share with the rest of the class.
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