Wisconsin’s European settlers came from a number of countries that were homes to delicious baking traditions. As a result Wisconsin is blessed with surviving ethnic bakeries that carry on this tradition. As you travel around Wisconsin stop and visit some of these. I think six of the best are:
- Swiss traditional breads, cookies and Holiday Stollen shine at the New Glarus
Bakery in New Glarus Wisconsin. Busy favorite of locals and visitors alike, Visit if you are nearby.
- Norwegian specialties like rosettes, krumkake, sandbakkel and berlina kranser are featured at the Fosdal Home Bakery in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
- German favorites like Black Forest Tort, dense breads, desserts and chocolate truffles are the core of a broad selection at Clasen’s European Bakery in Middleton, Wisconsin.
- Danish pastries and cakes are the favorites at O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. Kringle has long been a Danish favorite and is also now a Wisconsin favorite.
- Czech pastries can be found at Tom’s Pastry Shoppe in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. You can find kolache’s and buhuite here along with other old-world goodies.
- Swedish items are the stock in trade at
Grandma’s Swedish Bakery located at the Rowley’s Bay Resort near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Open mid-May to mid-October their Swedish Limpa bread, cardamom coffee cake, Swedish Rye and their famous pecan rolls are all customer favorites.
If you can’t visit them some selections from the New Glarus Bakery and O&H Danish Bakery are available on Wisconsinmade.com.
What are your favorite ethnic pastries?