Small Mom and Pop bakery Asheville/H-ville
Are there any Mom and Pop type bakeries in the Asheville/Hendersonville area--the type that make fruit coffee cakes or meringue cakes, breakfast rolls, etc? Any info appreciated.
I don't think you'd call it Mom and Pop, but Carolina Mountain Bakery has some great stuff. I've only been a few times, but I've been very happy with their rye, onion rye, pumpernickel, and mediterranean bread. I've also enjoyed their doughnuts.
They do have coffee cakes, but don't seem to have meringues. Here's a link:
You cannot beat MacFarlan's in the 300 block of Main Street in Hendersonville.
Coffee cakes, Danish, rolls, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, breads, etc. All made on site and absolutely horrible for you. They're the best!
FYI, they're closed Monday's.
The best baked goods in the area are, IMO:
1. Flat Rock Village Bakery. Muffins, scones, fruit pastries, bear claws, sticky buns, bagels, and I do think they make raisin rolls. Not Mom and Pop...young dude and young dude, more like it.
2. Baked goods at the Asheville City market on sat. There is one lady in particular, whose prices are SKY high, but oh God, so worth it. Her strawberry brownie makes me want to buy two, eat 1 and 1/2 and tell my husband "i saved you half." (I didn't , but I wanted to. If they weren't $3.50 i probably would have) I think you could find your coffee cake somewhere at the farmer's mkt.
3. Breakfast things like bear claws and apple ricotta braid at City Bakery are also good.
Can't say I've ever seen a meringue cake. Do you mean like a dacquoise, or more like a pavlova?
It's a brownie w/ pieces of strawberry poked into the top. The beauty is, each spot where there is a piece of berry, the brownie doesn't quite cook all the way, so it's a bit wet and gooey and just ridiculously good. I know it probably sounds a little suspect...but it REALLY does it for me. Each time I have had one, the lady has been on the far right side as you approach from the parking lot, about 3-4 tables down (near the $5 egg man)
The first time I had one, it was cut in a square like a normal brownie. Apparently, she has figured out they are special, last Sat they were baked in those expensive cylindrical muffin papers. sign said "Queen of Brownies" or some such.
I took $45 cash in my pocket to the farmers market and had to go back to the car after more. ouch. but my Whole Foods bill has been a lot better!