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Amish Bakery

August 18, 2010
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The last day of our vacation was rainy which was probably a sign that we’d soaked up enough sun so we packed up and decided to lolly-gag our way South back home to Chicago. Our friends had left us directions to an Amish community that was otherwise unmarked by signs. This small community, located in South-Central Wisconsin is not easily found and if we had not been told about the bakery, we’d have never found it. At the dry goods store where I bought a rainbow of sanding sugars (go figure), I asked a young girl if she knew of the bakery. She very shyly told me it was down the road a bit. I couldn’t place her accent at the time but later learned it was Pennsylvania Dutch, the language spoken amongst themselves. We followed her directions and were sad to see that the hours on the hand-painted sign were Friday and Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, but decided to see if it was still open. We pulled up the dirt road/driveway to find several children playing. A woman came outside and said we could come to the back of the house, which we did and down into the dark cellar that housed the bakery. Our eyes had to adjust as they don’t use electricity and the small, ground level windows let in only a little light. Rows of breads, pies, cookies were before us. On the counter along side paper plates with fruit pies were fresh doughnuts and on another wall were shelves of preserves, jars of honey and canned vegetables. A gold mine. We talked to the girl who had waved us in and she told us it was her sister who we’d spoken with at the dry goods story. After we’d chosen our bread (onion-cheese) and cookies (a dozen peanut butter and a dozen sugar), we learned that she had made the pickled beets. Since that is something I want to try to make she kindly told me exactly what to do then cutely said “make sure to try them before you make them so you’ll know if the recipe is good”. For being sad that our vacation was coming to an end, this encounter on an unlikely country road made for a sweet end to another great Wisconsin Summer vacation. Here are a few photos I took.

Chocolate and plain doughnuts 

5 of the 10 or so kinds of pies they offered

Onion Cheese bread – amazing toasted

Amish “carry out”

Carriage repair shop

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth permalink
    August 19, 2010 7:51 am

    What a fun post! Glad you found a bakery after the dry goods and mum growers! It looks like you actually went to the bakery down there that we’ve never been to (when we went the line was too long). We usually go to another one on the northeast side of amish country that has a little more light inside but seems to be a very similar variety of baked goods. What a fun way to end vacation!

  2. August 19, 2010 9:43 pm

    Elizabeth – thanks for the great tip on this area. I think we might have missed a few spots as we only found 4 places to stop. I got a huge mum and can’t wait for it to bloom. Might need to drive back up for more. 🙂

  3. Alyssa R permalink
    June 29, 2012 6:29 am

    Could I get the directions to this place… Please

    • June 29, 2012 8:44 am

      HI Alyssa,

      I’d be happy to give them to you but need to consult a map first. OK if I send it to your email?

      Amy

    • July 24, 2012 10:02 pm

      Hi Alyssa,
      I finally found the bakery location and hope you can find it from my directions…

      If you use Mapquest, search on Belle Fountain, Wisconsin. Zoom in and you’ll see Kiefer Road runs N/S between 22 and 44 and South of Barry Road. To reach the Pleasant View Bakery, take Kiefer Road North off of EE, pass Turner Road and it will be on the West side of the street. Not well marked. There are several farm buildings at the end of the driveway. The bakery is in the cellar of the house to the right. Good luck, its worth the effort to find it!.

  4. kyle permalink
    July 17, 2012 7:33 pm

    Anyone know the address of the bakery by Wautoma / Coloma WI area thanks

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