Babka bakery to open Thursday in Palo Alto | Peninsula Foodist | Elena Kadvany | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Peninsula Foodist

By Elena Kadvany

E-mail Elena Kadvany

About this blog: I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently working at the Palo Alto Weekly as education and youth staff writer. I graduated from USC with a major in Spanish and a minor in jo...  (More)

View all posts from Elena Kadvany

Babka bakery to open Thursday in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Dec 11, 2018
Come Thursday, Dec. 13, Palo Alto will get its very own babkery: a dedicated babka bakery.

Owner-namesake Ayelet Nuchi is opening Babka by Ayelet at Town & Country Village at 855 El Camino Real. On Monday, she was flitting around the bakery's open kitchen, busily rolling, cutting and braiding dough to make sweet and savory babka. The Jewish pastry is ubiquitous in her native Tel Aviv — like cupcakes in the United States, she said — and becoming increasingly popular in the United States.

"A butter and yeast dough with varied fillings create a comforting cake with a lot of love and history, especially in my childhood home," Nuchi writes on the bakery’s website.


Ayelet Nuchi sprinkles chocolate chips into babka dough at her forthcoming bakery in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Nuchi, a pastry chef, has run a catering company since 2000. Last summer, she decided to focus solely on her most popular catering item: babka.

Babka by Ayelet will serve not only the classic babka flavors of cinnamon and chocolate but also Nuchi's recipes for nutella, raspberry-cream cheese, apple, maple-pecan, halva and two savory flavors, tomato-mozzarella and butternut squash.


Fresh-baked halva babka at Babka by Ayelet in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

The bakery will also serve tea and coffee and espresso from Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco.

The renovated, bright space (previously a blow-dry bar) has a large green velvet couch, marble tables and chairs and bookcases filled with books about baking, cooking, fashion and design. There is also outdoor seating.


The interior of Babka by Ayelet. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Babka by Ayelet will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bakery is located at Suite 15 in Building 1 at Town & Country Village, next to clothing store Marine Layer.
We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.

Comments

 +   8 people like this
Posted by Alyssa B., a resident of Menlo Park,
on Dec 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

I stopped into the bakery today and was lucky to try a sample. It was delicious! I'll be back ????.


 +   11 people like this
Posted by Matthias, a resident of another community,
on Dec 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm

I wish there were more 'real' bakeries with a wide variety of breads and pastries, and fewer 'one trick ponies' that just specialize in doughnuts, cupcakes or whatever it is.


 +   3 people like this
Posted by fwiw, a resident of Woodside,
on Dec 12, 2018 at 12:02 am

You can't beat a babka!

Web Link


 +   22 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss, a resident of Downtown North,
on Dec 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

My doctor told me I was not getting enough fat, sugar or chocolate.


 +  Like this comment
Posted by ultraman, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Dec 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

do they have the cinnamon babka?


 +   24 people like this
Posted by Reader X, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Dec 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm

@ultraman:

"Babka by Ayelet will serve not only the classic babka flavors of cinnamon and chocolate but also Nuchi's recipes for nutella..."

The answer is there.


 +   17 people like this
Posted by Jerry, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Dec 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

My friend and I once went to buy a chocolate babka. Boy, what a night! An older lady bought the last chocolate babka right inf front of us and we had to settle on cinnamon bobka, which my friend Elaine considers a "lesser babka."
Then there was the bass music everywhere we went...crazy.


 +   8 people like this
Posted by over-hyped, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Dec 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Great PR, but I predict they won't last. The combination of insufficient baked goods and slow service lead to long lines and no more baked goods by 3 pm. (Sign says they're open til 6.) Lowest priced item was $5. No thanks, I'll stick with Mayfield.


 +   2 people like this
Posted by Beth, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Dec 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Haha, very funny and clever, "Jerry." My best to "Elaine."


 +   28 people like this
Posted by Sold Out, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Dec 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm

"The combination of insufficient baked goods and slow service lead to long lines and no more baked goods by 3 pm."

Sounds like text book new opening issues. It's extremely rare for the place to come out firing on all cylinders from day 1. It's the stuff that's easily adjusted once staff comes up to speed and they know their actual demand.

So you say they sold out of everything by 3PM? Yes, no way they can last with demand like that. LOL.

"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
-Yogi Berra


 +  Like this comment
Posted by Steven, a resident of another community,
on Dec 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

Great to hear about this. Been looking for a good babka


 +  Like this comment
Posted by Laurennt, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Dec 29, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Sadly Ayelet is overwhelmed. The phone seems to be off the hook and she emailed that she is not taking orders until after 1/4. I think she needs more help!



Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:

Follow this blogger (Receive an email when blogger makes a new post)

SUBMIT

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Barcelona tapas restaurant coming to Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 14 comments | 7,272 views

Loneliness
By Aldis Petriceks | 5 comments | 1,508 views

Do Palo Altans still love their city? If not, what should the city do?
By Diana Diamond | 14 comments | 1,246 views

Couples: Reading List
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,007 views