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Aug 22, 2007 06:22 AM

Great Bakeries Vermont

Help, want some good homemade goodies, any suggestions and what do you like best? From Southern to Central Vermont. Thanks

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  1. Check out Vermont Moonlight Cookies... I am partial to the maple shortbread and the chocolate-amaretto!

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    1. re: VT girl

      She doesn't have a retail bakery. You can visit the website and order or see where you can buy her cookies.

      Try Grandma Miller's on Route 100 in So. Londonderry. Awesome eclairs!

    2. Baba A Louis in Chester Rt. 11 W and their Rutland location is on Wales St. They are the best bakery hands down. From beautiful artisan loaves of every description, to amazing pastries and cinnamon sticky buns that are the best on the planet.

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      1. re: Gio

        Gesine's on Elm Street in Montpelier has delicious pastries, cakes and other goodies - their specialty is macaroons, but pretty much anything is a winner. La Brioche, the bakery run by the New England Culinary Institute on Main Street, is also quite good, though I think their offerings aren't as interesting as Gesine's.

        In Burlington, I like Mirabelle's on Main Street. Great pastries here for sure.

        The best bread in the central Vermont area hands down is made by Red Hen Baking Co. on Route 100 in Duxbury. You can get it at most supermarkets and co-ops in the area.

        1. re: Yankunian

          I'm just not very fond of Red Hen bread. It's too grainy for most of the purposes I put bread to these days. :)

          I second the La Brioche recommendation, and I've only been to Gesine's once.

          There's a newer bakery in Barre, on main street next to the big Brook's pharmacy. I've only been there once but I really liked what I had. They have a good variety. I can't remember their name though. Something like Decadent delights or delicacies or something like that. I'll figure it out soon and post it.

          1. re: Morganna

            Delicate Decadence, that's the name! Made a point of checking on the way home tonight. :)

          2. re: Yankunian

            Heartily agree with all the choices on your list, particularly Red Hen. I live off Red Hen bread, especially their Mad River Grain. Also I love the brioche "tarts" and maple sticky buns that they sell at the Montpelier Farmer's Market. My only complaint is that I wish they would go back to putting charnushka seeds in their Sprouternickel bread.

            1. re: rcianci

              I love the Mad River Grain! It's got tons of flavor, and is my current favorite for toast and sandwiches.

              Also, a shoutout to Pizza on Earth's walnut bread - baked in the wood-fired oven, it's got a smoky aroma and crusty, chewy texture. I think they only make it on fridays.

            2. re: Yankunian

              A few months ago I would have agreed about Gesine's, but I must say it is not the same and is going downhill IMHO. The offerings are very much the same day to day and week to week, and although the offerings are good, I would not say they are exceptional anymore. Plus the fact there are often hoards of people hanging around there to look cool rather than actually bother to buy anything. Sometimes it's pretty difficult to even get in the door (I live 5mins away).

              NECI on Main Street will always be mediocre to me, I'm afraid. Way too sweet and terrible service!

              I love Rainbow Sweets in Marshfield. You can't get much better pastry than dear Bob makes.

              1. re: Jayne in VT

                I totally agree with Jayne on this issue. Gesine's is not a good as people think that it is and it tends to be very crowded. Also, everytime that I get bread at the NECI (La Brioche) on Main Street I hope that it will be great and it never fails to be only OK.

                1. re: Delhiwala

                  I will sometimes go to La B. for the lack of anywhere else in town to get decent bread. I agree it is 'average' to 'blah', though when they get their 7-grain right, it is pretty good. One time I picked up a loaf there only to discover they had left out the salt! I called to warn them not to sell any more, and they acted like they didn't care and said "everyone makes mistakes". I agree with a roomful of students, these mistakes can happen, but geez, don't continue to sell it!

                  But, I emailed NECI and let them know of my experience and they couldn't have been nicer about it. They sent me several vouchers and really handled the complaint well. So, they may get a lot wrong, but whoever I dealt with in management were great.

            3. Is the bakery in Richmond, VT still going strong? It was tasty when I was there.

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              1. re: thinks too much

                Yes it is! I have been there a few times and the offerings are too sweet for my taste, but they are clean tasting and interesting flavors. The staff are friendly and helpful too. But, they do a range of bread with molasses in which is way over the mark for me. Some people love it, I'm sure.

                Talking of Richmond, Gerard's bread from the corner market in Richmond has to be my top pick. Crusty and as French as you can get this side of the pond. Superb!

                1. re: Jayne in VT

                  I'm also a huge fan of Rainbow Sweets. It doesn't take long before you realize you've completely gorged 5,000 calories and still want to keep going. The guy who runs it is very entertaining as well. It's a cool little spot and well worth the trek to get there!

                    1. re: katiepie

                      Any bakeries in Burlington that are good?

                      1. re: lovessushi

                        Panadero, on 203 N Winooski Ave is a wonderful little Bakery and pastry shop in Burlington. They have fantastic croissants (including a few different flavors, i.e. cinnamon sugar, almond, etc), a variety of torts, and the scones (my favorite) are to die for. They also have a nice selection of bread - from baguettes to whole grain, cinnamon, focacia, etc. Everything is baked fresh, and they are really friendly.

                        They are conveniently located right next to a great little coffee shop (Viva Espresso).

                        203 N Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

              2. You must check out Maple Grove Bakery in Quechee. I stop there going and returning from skiing. The scones, strudel and sticky buns are fantastic. If later in the day try any one of their sandwiches there all really good and on fresh baked bread. I really like the Molasses Ginger cookies and Chocolate Almond Crunch Candy on the ride home. Topped off with a fresh brewed cup of coffee and it's perfect. Seriously - Check it out.

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                1. re: Josh D

                  All I've had from Maple Grove was a sticky bun, but it was quite good.

                2. amy's bakery arts cafe on the main drag in brattleboro.. very good. excellent stollen around christmastime.. also look for pecan caramel tarts, orange poppy cakes, gingerbread cupcakes and linzertorte. great people there too.