By Kevin Williams
This is a tough one and I’m bound to get people disagreeing with me. Keep in mind to qualify as an “Amish bakery” it has to be an Amish bakery. For instance, Der Dutchman’s kitchen churns out some delicious confections in Plain City, Ohio (and other locations) but that is a restaurant, not an actual Amish-owned bakery. Rise N Roll in northern Indiana didn’t make the list because they are not Amish-owned anymore. There are Plain-owned restaurants that served some wonderful baked goods but I am just talking about stand-alone bakeries, or bakeries tucked away inside a bulk food store.
There are plenty of Amish bakeries I’ve been to that didn’t make this that are wonderful. Fountain Acre Foods in Wayne County, Indiana has a superb bakery, but they are a bulk food emporium that sells a bit of everything. I just couldn’t quite edge it into my top 5.
The first three bakeries are sort of clustered together in south-central Ohio so you can make “bakery tour” of it and It’d be well worth your while. Also, keep in mind that these are only bakeries I've been to (and I've been to many), but if I haven't been to your favorite Amish bakery then it can't make my list!:). Which one or ones do you think should have made my list that didn't? These are my five favorite Amish bakeries!
KEIM FAMILY MARKET (Amish): You can’t really go wrong with anything from here. Try their “Big Daddy” glazed doughnuts, their crème horns, or their homemade soft pretzels. YUM. Click here to watch a video tour. 2621 Burnt Cabin Road, Seaman, OH 45679
THE HOME PLACE (Beachy Amish Mennonite): Again, you can’t really go wrong here with anything in their full-line bakery, but my top pick: peanut butter pie. YUM!! 7771 US Highway 68, Georgetown, OH 45121-9347. (937) 378-3400.
COUNTRY CRUST BAKERY (Old Order Mennonite): Okay, they are Mennonite, not Amish, but why rule this on out on a technicality:)? I love this bakery because you can see everything being made through their plate glass windows. Best whoopee pies ever: Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies. 4918 St. Rt. 41 South, Bainbridge, OH 45612. Website 740-772-970
MARY’S BAKERY: (Amish) My picks at this place: cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls, and, oh, did I mention, cinnamon rolls? Mary's Amish Bakery, County Road 265, North of. Pfeiffer Station
MILLER’S AMISH BAKE SHOP: Pies…oh my, pies! Route 62 outside of Cherry Creek New York. And since I know you'll ask, click here to get the recipe for the doughnuts in the photo above!