Chabaso Double Pumpkin Loaf
[1] Rustic Double Pumpkin Loaf is white whole wheat dough mixed with pumpkin purée and topped with pumpkin seeds.

Chabaso Chocolate Boule
[2] Ready for snacking and dessert: cocoa-flavored whole wheat dough with chocolate chunks and dried cherries (photos courtesy Chabaso Bakery).


Is Mom a bread lover? How about sending her some specialty artisan breads for Mother’s Day?

We are passionate about bread, so we couldn’t have been happier than to receive a gift from Chabaso, an artisan bread bakery in New Haven, Connecticut.

It began as Atticus Bookstore, and subsequently opened a café serving comfort foods and freshly-baked baguettes.

Founder Charles Negaro was influenced by the fine breads he came across in Europe: boules, ciabattas, rolls, sticks and other styles. The business evolved into Chabaso Bakery.

In addition to the classics, the bakery has created some wonderfully creative (and irresistible!) loaves, including:

  • Candied Orange Loaf, hearty whole wheat with candied orange peel*.
  • Chocolate Boule, whole grain bread with chocolate chunks.
  • Chocolate Cherry Boule, cocoa-flavored whole wheat dough packed with chocolate chunks and dried cherries.
  • Cinnamon Raisin Oval, made with white whole wheat.
  • Fig & Oats Batard (a wider version of a baguette).
  • Powerberry Loaf, with high-antioxidant aronia berries, blueberries and cranberries.
  • Rustic Double Pumpkin Loaf, white whole wheat ciabatta dough made with pumpkin purée and toasted pumpkin seeds and healthy.
  • Turmeric Sunflower Loaf, a bright yellow loaf with subtle turmeric flavor and nutty sunflower seeds.
  • Very Berry Boule, whole grain bread with blueberries, cranberries and candied orange peel.
  • And more!
    The breads are made with a long-fermentation, high-hydration, technique: no shortcuts.

    We’ve enjoyed them toasted, as snacks, even as desserts.

    Make a sandwich with one of the slightly sweet loaves, with mascarpone for dessert, or with goat cheese or cream cheese for lunch. Heavenly!

    The breads are sold at retail throughout the East and fine markets nationwide, as far as the Rocky Mountains.

    You can buy them online at Each loaf arrives wrapped with a ribbon in a large box.

    There are several gift box assortments. The Mother’s Day box includes Candied Orange Loaf, Chocolate Cherry Boule, Powerberry Loaf and Turmeric Sunflower Loaf.

    For each Mother’s Day bundle purchased before 5/17/19, Chabaso will donate one bread bundle to a women-and-families shelter in Connecticut.


    *We liked every bread, but Candied Orange Loaf was our favorite: a revelation. Runner-up: Chocolate Cherry Boule. Both are part of the Mother’s Day gift box.


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