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May 20, 2008 10:49 AM

Southwest NH Bakeries

Afternoon, 'Hounds.

Being a Monadnock Region resident of 20+ years, I really should know what's out there in terms of food. But once Jean's Pastry in Keene finally closed up shop a few years ago, I lost interest in baked goods in the area. Now I find myself with an hour-long lunch period Monday-Friday, and occasionally my lunch is not sufficient to suit my appetites.

In short, I'm looking for a really good dessert-type bakery in the area. It doesn't have to be anything SPECIAL, just really GOOD and within 25 minutes of Keene. I tried Kristen's Bakery and Bistro (Washington Street) today and while the multi-layered decadent peanut butter chocolate thing I had was good it wasn't great. And it left me with this odd, unsettling heavy feeling in my stomach that MAY have been the guilt of having eaten that much nougat and peanut butter sauce. Also, the local coffee shops are good (i.e. Brewbakers, Prime Roast) but woefully limited and more breakfast-oriented anyway. I want something that's going to cure my afternoon sweet cravings...without having to resort to those eerily satisfying yet undeniably horrible Betty Crocker Warm Delights.

Is there a solution here? Or am I forever doomed to making weekend trips across the river to Chester and South Londonderry, Vermont to get my pastry fix?

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  1. L.A. Burdick's is 17 miles north of Keene. Here's their pastry menu:

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    1. re: whs

      Why do I always, always, always forget about Burdick's? Thank you for reminding me.

    2. Why not swing over to German Johns Bakery in Hillsborough? I always make it a stop on my way to Maine. I found it by accident when I stumbled across Hillsborough's Schnitzelfest a few years ago. Not to deter you from Grandma Miller's or Baba Louis, both of which excellent, but German John's is equally good and I think much closer for you. They have a website if you google it.

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      1. re: pbanjo

        Their fresh-baked pretzels are great. It's actually 26 miles from Keene.

        1. re: pbanjo

          Thank you! I will do a little web research. Grandma Miller's is closer for me when I am home, but not during my workday....actually, come to think of it...Hillsborough might even be closer to me when I'm home! Hmmm.

        2. Twelve Pine in Peterborough has a good selection of pastries, and wonderful gelati:

          19 miles from Keene.

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          1. re: whs

            Thanks again. I will be sure to check them out, too!

          2. Unbridled Chocolates on Rt 101 in Marlborough does cakes and other pastries. Their chocolates are very good, too. They used to be in Keene, but have been in Marlborough now for a while. Here's the link to their website.

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            1. re: Tedmom

              Will check it out! Good suggestion...I've driven by a few times and have never really thought about stopping...'til now. Thanks!