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Balducci's Russian Coffee Cake

Subject: Balducci's russian coffee cake
From: Paula
Date: 12/2/2019, 5:46 AM

On 12/1/2019 2:48 PM, Paula wrote:


I'm trying to find this recipe for my brother-in-law. I have done loads of searching 
and so far have found no recipes but one tantalizing clue. The cakes were made for 
Balducci's and Zabar's by a Jewish baker named Benjamin Ross, who learned to bake in 
the concentration camp Dachau and had three bakeries in NYC including the Clearview 
Bakery in Queens (I think). I got this from the prologue of a book written by his 
son Steven J. Ross: Hitler in Los Angeles
I can't find any recipes from the Clearview Bakery OR this one from Balducci's. With this clue, any chance that you could help? I do see that you've been asked before, but I thought this extra clue might make it worth asking, if you haven't already seen it. Thanks, Paula

Hi Paula,

That's very interesting. Benjamin Ross' obituary from 2004, which mentions the cakes, is here: New York Times Death Notices 06-05-2004

Other than the reference that you give from the prologue of Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America By Steven J. Ross (Benjamin's son), and the mention in the obituary, I can find nothing about Benjamin's Ross' Russian coffee cake.

Balducci's has changed owners, and I can't find anything about their fruitcake. I found only a few brief mentions of Clearview Bakery in Queens.

Steven Ross might have his father's Russian coffee cake recipe, if you could contact him, but the recipe was probably sold to another bakery such as Delancy's or to Zabar's itself when Benjamin retired.

Thanks for writing. I'll add this to my information about Zabar's.


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