Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Day 244 - Petite Pain Pauline (100% Whole Wheat Bread)

This is another one of those Trader Joe’s products where I reallllly wanted to like it.  We have tried several Trader Joe’s breads and they always fall short of my expectations.  Is it too much to want a bread this is not dry, tastes good, and lasts more than 2 days?  Maybe my standards are too high…

It is a cute boule of bread
 I hoped that this lovely little petite pain would be the one.  Alas, I fear instead of Petite Pain Pauline, they should have named it the even MORE alliterative Petite Poopy Pain Pauline…

First the good stuff: 
1.       It is a perfect size for our household of 2 people. 
2.       It is a pretty color. 
3.       It is cheap.

Now the not so good stuff: 
1.        It is HARD.  If you toast it, be warned, you will not be able to bite through the toast with any ease at all. 
2.       It goes stale very quickly, and by stale I mean EVEN HARDER than it was the first time you opened it, which, if you have been paying attention, was really quite hard.
3.       It is really DRY.

David's piece, toasted with bread and jelly















My piece, toasted with Sunflower Butter (reviewed on day 96 )


So even though there are an even number of “good stuff”s vs. “bad stuff”s, to me the bad stuffs outweigh the good stuffs in this instance.

Petite Poopy Pain Pauline is not perfect.  Not even close.

Note – David liked it better than me.  He says it is a particular French bread taste in a small package.

Price - $1.29

Rating – 2.25

18 comments:

  1. We bought this about a month ago. I noticed it had been previously frozen. One of the associates heard me say that it felt wet. The associate told me that it is the only bread that comes into TJ's frozen and you have to eat it all the same day that you buy it. My husband and I warmed the bread in the oven, but we didn't really care for it. It didn't taste stale, but it just wasn't for us. If you didn't eat yours on the very day you bought it, that is probably why it tasted stale. They should probably make a TJ's sign to explain the importance of eating this bread ASAP.

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    1. Thanks for commenting and letting us know what the employee told you. I wish I had known to eat it immediately. I think your suggestion of a sign saying "EAT this bread today". What TJs location do you shop at?

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    2. I shop at the Jacksonville Beach, FL location. Prior to them opening here last October, we would take a long drive to Gainesville every month to stock up on items. I don't live at the beach, so it is still about half an hour to travel to our TJ's, but at least it doesn't take a day trip anymore to get there.

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    3. That's dedication! But hey, the money you used to spend on gas driving to TJs to stock up you saved on the cost of the groceries, right? Glad they built a store closer to you.

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    4. Yes, the trips were worth it because the food is a much better quality for a great price. Plus, once you cut out the artificial ingredients and flavors from your diet, you just can't go back again. The artificial stuff tastes horrible. I think it is especially something you notice with cheese and chocolate.

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    5. We love this bread. We slice it the day we buy it and keep it in the freezer so it never tastes stale. It has a sour-dough taste and is great toasted.

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    6. For those of us with dietary restrictions that preclude bleached enriched white flour, Pain Pauline was a godsend. I wish they would bring it back. For those unhappy with the product, I can only say that it's not Wonder Bread, and not supposed to be.

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    7. This bread is the only one we found in America that does not have bunch of crap in the ingredients. If I remember correctly the only ingredients are flour, water, salt and probably yeast.I come from Europe and I'm used to eating a lot of bread. I'm also used to mom making white bread at home and she would use only those 4 ingredients as well. To me it cannot get better than this. Some people complain that it is dry. Well thats how it is supposed to be. It's a heavier bread, one slice of this makes you feel more satiated than 2 slices of the fluffier softer breads.

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  3. who knows, is there the yeast in this bread?

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    1. Per the Fooducate app, here are the ingredients:
      Organic whole wheat flour, water, salt

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  4. I buy this bread all the time and I love it. The crust is a bit hard, but the interior is always soft, I toast it with butter and usually put jam on it. So delicious. And you cannot find a better ingredients list for bread.

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    1. I think this bread is a "really LIKE it" or "really DON'T like it" item. Not a lot of in betweens.

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  5. This is the first bread I've come across in 30 years in the US that I would call "real German farmer's bread", the same kind found in Munich and southern Bavaria. Considering that Trader Joe's is owned by a German company, I am almost surprised that it took so long to get "real" bread!
    It is not meant to be toasted, It is eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Some like it sweet (butter and jam or honey), but most eat it with Cheese (Brie, Camembert, Swiss, Tilsit, Havarti, etc.) or Salami, or Liverwurst (to find "good/real" i.e. spreadable and tasty, is another difficult endeavor, but I have found Oskar Meyer Braunschweiger to be quite acceptable). I don't buy the petite Pain Pauine, only the whole size one - as many as I can get my hands on - and freeze all but the one I will eat over the course of a week. Here in San Antonio, however, getting them has been quite hit or miss.

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    1. I wish I could send you some loaves from here in Virginia! :) But I think by the time they arrived they would not be as tasty. Drat.

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  6. This bread is the only one we found in America that does not have bunch of crap in the ingredients. If I remember correctly the only ingredients are flour, water, salt and probably yeast.I come from Europe and I'm used to eating a lot of bread. I'm also used to mom making white bread at home and she would use only those 4 ingredients as well. To me it cannot get better than this. Some people complain that it is dry. Well thats how it is supposed to be. It's a heavier bread, one slice of this makes you feel more satiated than 2 slices of the fluffier softer breads

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  7. For some reason here in (Menlo Park and Palo Alto) California, They've replaced the larger half-rounds with another (not 100%) "Whole Wheat" bread. This is not as healthy for pre-diabetics such as myself, nor does it taste better.

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    1. Well drat! I hate when Trader Joe's discontinues or changes the products that we love! I really think this bread was one of their big sellers, so I am not sure why they are messing around with it and not leaving it be. People who LIKED it really LIKED IT :). - Susan (blog author)

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