Sunday, May 5, 2013
Review: Bread Haus German bakery in Grapevine delights in all things sweet
They sell traditional baked goods, too. Did someone say pretzel?
GRAPEVINE Who doesn’t love a cute little German bakery? I know I find myself combing the shelves of Central Market around the holidays looking for Stollen. Who knew that it was made fresh daily, just down the street from downtown Grapevine?
Bread Haus is a family-owned bakery in Grapevine that has been open for almost 20 years. You’ll find rye breads, specialty breads, traditional German pretzels, and of course, sweets.
I had no idea Bread Haus even existed until I was meeting some friends in Grapevine for dinner and passed by with my windows down. I have a nose like a houndog, so the smell of fresh bread was drawling me in. As I was stopped at a light, I was looking in all directions to figure out where this wonderful smell was coming from.
Enter Bread Haus. I whipped my car right into their empty parking lot as I was already in apology mode being “one of those people,” walking into an establishment three minutes before the sign on the door says they were going to close.
So, sad to say I only walked out with three sweet items and a German pretzel. However, if they nearly sell out like that every day, isn’t that a sign that everything is delicious?
So, my pumpkin bar, lemon bar, and almond bar with blackberry preserves sat idly by in my car while I was driving to dinner. I was determined to wait until I got home to get into them. Of course, I fail. I have no willpower when I am directly presented with temping new sweets.
The almond bar was my favorite. It was soft yet crumbly in the greatest ways. Almond bars are one of my favorite things to bake at home -- so to say that this one was pretty perfect in every way means a lot. Inside, there was a delicious layer of some of the finest blackberry preserves imaginable. I do love subtle changes to popular desserts we all love.
The lemon bar was very subtle. It was good, but not overly tart like I prefer my lemon bars. I did love how thin it was, so the buttery shortbread crust was not left unnoticed. I also adore a crunchy corner. I am always partial to the corner when I make brownies. The outer portion of the whole bar was crisp, while ensuring the insides were not over baked.
If you’re willing to place bets on me when it comes to selecting baked goods when there is anything pumpkin present, it was no shock when I snatched up the pumpkin bar and had it devoured in the two blocks we had remaining to get to the restaurant. It was pie, meet coffee cake, meet muffin. This was a serious ménage a trois of baked goods, and it was lovely. The bottom was more of a muffin consistency, the middle was more custardy-pie like, and the top was a yummy streusel top.
I fully plan to get back to Bread Haus soon and sample some cookies, Stollen, and definitely a German nut roll. Word of advice: Don’t go with the plan of saving your goodies for later. The smell alone will have you break any and all carb restrictions you have given yourself ... I should know.
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