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It was with delicious joy and great interest that I learned of the King Arthur Flour Vermont Bakery Tour happening this summer. The tour consists of eight bakeries scattered over the northern half of Vermont. Participants visit the bakeries, enjoy delicious baked goods (of course!), and have their bakery passport stamped at each. The completed passport can then be redeemed for an exclusive Bakery Tour tote bag. You will be well within your rights to proclaim yourself a Vermont bakery enthusiast, nay, expert once you've completed this tour!
My family is happily and hungrily joining me on this tour, and our first stop was Klinger's Bakery & Cafe in South Burlington. I knew of Klinger's breads, but I had never visited their actual bakery until now... and did not know that there is a cafe there too!
When you step through their front door, you are transported to a winding street of an old-world village, complete with a bright blue sky, thanks to a beautiful mural across the walls and a terra cotta tile roof over the pastry case and counter. It is a beautiful little space, with tables and counter seats, too.
On our visit the case was filled pastries, flavored croissants, cookies and gorgeous cakes. On the wall behind the case, baguettes stood tall and striking with a lovely pattern made by the slashes through the seed-coated surface.
There were also lots of loaves for sale: whole grain, sourdough, Vermont maple walnut and more.
My daughter discovered through Klinger's website that they sell a Cheddar Jalapeño Baguette on Fridays... so I see a Friday trip to Klinger's in our near future!
For our visit we indulged in an Almond Croissant (for me), a Chocolate Croissant (for my son), a Boston Cream Round (for my husband), a Lemon Square (for my daughter), and an individual Coffee Cake (for my daughter's boyfriend). We saw too late a board of breakfast sandwiches that we would have chosen from, but no one complained about having a sweet breakfast for a change! My son also had a Milk Steamer, which is steamed milk with several flavor add-ins available - he had maple.
The pastries were excellent, very flaky and tender and rich with flavor. The Coffee Cake had plenty of crumbly streusel topping. (That's always the best part of a coffee cake, and so many coffee cakes, in my opinion, have way too little streusel!) My daughter loved her Lemon Square, and said it was brimming with bright lemon flavor.
And, as we enjoyed our pastries, coffee and milk we were able to watch the bakery in action through the large windows by the tables. In the bakery we saw trays loaded with freshly risen baguettes, and the yards upon yards of thick cloth, or couche that the baguettes are nestled in as they rise. The couche keeps the shape of the baguettes as well as help develop a skin on the rising dough, which will become the characteristic crispy crust on the baked loaf.
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Click here for more Delectable Destinations: Vermont Bakery Tour posts, as I trek to all eight bakeries on the list!
Klinger's Bakery & Cafe is located at 10 Farrell Street in South Burlington, Vermont. They serve breakfast, lunch and desserts. Find out more about them and see the menu on their website!
The King Arthur Flour Vermont Bakery Tour consists of eight bakeries scattered over the northern half of Vermont. Participants visit the bakeries, taste the fine baked goods, and have their Bakery Passport stamped at each. The completed passport can then be redeemed for an exclusive Bakery Tour tote bag! Visit this link, King Arthur Flour Vermont Bakery Tour for more information.
You know, we should probably be doing this tour, too!
Great post. See you soon.
You know, we were just saying the same thing! Let's make it happen, Cap'n!
I love baked goods, and your post makes me want to go to Klinger's right now. The steamed milk with maple sounds really yummy!
Heidi, head over to Klinger's this morning. You & the girls will love it!