Chef Flemming's Bake Shop, Henderson NV
Hey fellow hounds! Finally made it over to Chef Flemming's Bake Shop today, and wanted to post my review.
After reading a review in the local Henderson NV newspaper, I made my way over to Chef Fleming's Bake shop on Water St.
Chef Fleming Pedersen was born and trained as a pastry chef in Copenhagen Demark, and before opening his bakery, worked from the past 17 years or so as head pastry chef at the Golden Nugget, downtown Las Vegas.
Water Street in downtown Henderson is both a bit old and run-down, but trying to revitalize itself for the new times. It's an odd mix of old, 1950's signage and store-fronts, but a big new strip-mall is across the street. This bakery is hopefully a good step in the right direction for bringing in new business to the city.
The interior of the shop is SMALL. Very small. When there was 6 people wating to be served, it was cramped. On this Monday, the choices inside the cases all looked so good, it was hard to narrow my choices to only 6. I finally chose:
2 apple turnovers
2 "Little Hats"
Most people know what cannolli and turnovers are, so no need to detail that. The cannolli was fresh, with sparse small chocolate chips (not morsels, real chips) in the mix. I found it very good, and a much better price than most of the Italian-owned/based bakeries in town. MUCH better than Freed's, for half the price. Very delicious!
The kranskagge I got was a small, 4 inch long cookie filled with marzipan. A very generous amount of filling, and the cookie around it was drizzled with icing. Really tasty, and I know i'll be getting them more often. Even better if you love marzipan like I do. My only issue with it, was it seemed a day or 2 old. The cookie outside was a bit tough. A shame, and I hope I can get some really fresh ones next visit.
I wish I could get the Danish name for the Little Hats. The girl at the counter called them that, with no info on what they are called in Denmark. This was heavenly and a bit of perfection I was so happy to get! It started with a short dough exterior, very close to a butter-rich shortbread. Inside was a marzipan filling with it, in about a tablespoon amount. The dough was folded over at 3 places, and crimped, and looked like a tri-cornered hat, hence the name. After it was baked, the bottom was given a quick dip in chocolate. This was so good, I wish I had bought about half a dozen! On a scale, i'd rate them about 8. For Las Vegas' bakeries, i'd give it a 10!
Om a really cool side-note: On the first Saturday of the month, he has "Danish Day". Apparently, once a month he makes more Danish-based specality baked-goods. I don't have a list of them now, but i'll report back when I go next month.
Highly reccommended, if your local/nearby. Closed on Sundays.
Chef Flemming's Bake Shop
7 Water St, Ste B
Henderson Nevada 89015
No website, as of now.
Go, now. It's really quite good!
i live just down the road from the place. i have been in there a few times but to my taste its just OK. the pasty is very small and nothing really special. i have been in there on danish day and his danish stuff is good but nothing i'd miss if i never had it again.
i dont care for his breads they are just so so.
all in all there is nothing that i find really outstanding there. its just seems like a bit above standard bakery stuff.
i have to admit i was disappointed i was hoping for better. i give the place about a 7....maybe a 6. it was all just ok.
i dont know why they have to charge so much for their stuff. for god sake..... i just got back from tucson where there is a fabulous mexican bakery on grande street call El Rio that has fantastic empanadas for like 45 cents a piece !
the apricot and pumpkin are wonderful. the dough is so tasty.
its a hole in the wall joint but the stuff they make it terrific.
if they can sell at a decent price how come other bakeries cant?
i hate being ripped off for stuff thats just so so.
anyway... thats just my 2 cents.
i rhought the prices were very fair - had a pistachio cheesecake that cost $3.50 - i guarantee you the same cheesecake will cost you $7+ at Bouchon. I did not like the black/white cookie - actually prefer the ones sold at It's a Grind. I bought a box of cookies for a group function and sadly, the group wolfed them down before i could try even a morsel !!
you know what? you're probally right. the prices are most likely fair. its just me.... i dont like paying alot of money for desserts. i am used to living in places that dont charge alot for pastry. i cant even imagine paying $7 for a small piece of cheesecake. LOL.
thats why i like good mexican bakeries. when they are good.... they are a REAL bargin for treats !just talking about it is now giving me the urge to go set something. LOL
Want to really get ripped off?? Don't EVER walk inside Freed's Bakery!! ^_- I still think Chef Flemmings place is much better; cheaper, and more to my personal taste than any bakery in Vegas, Bouchon bakery aside. (boy, does it suck to work at the Venetian..Pity me, please!! (*LOL*)
That would be -sleeping-!! I work from 3pm to 11am!! I don't at the main resturaunt, but I get a teeny one at the bakery.
Good try, tho! ^_^ I actually need to get back and eat at Bouchon on one of my off days. I finally tried Rosemary's last week for lunch, and enjoyed it quite a bit, food-wise. I HATED the drive, tho, really far from my home.
LOL ! yeah i have been in Freeds and i know what you mean. i think i was in there once and bought an apricot danish. i didnt go back.
i bet the bouchon bakery puts out REALLY good stuff. one of these days when i am feeling flush with cash... i'll try it.
i LOOOVE a good croissant !
i have been to lenotre in paris france LOL but not the one here in vegas...just havent gotten around to it.
i just dont seem to find the time to wander down to the strip too often.
i should make a point of getting around to all the great bakeries in the hotels.
i remember MANY years ago the tropicana had this AMAZING pastry chef back when alot of the hotels were still doing their own baking. i can STILL taste his buttery austrian goodies.
anyway... thanks for mentioning that. seems i need a local pastry road trip.LOL
I found Flemming's Bake Shop a few weeks ago. I just love it. His Florentine Cookies are so wonderful. I could eat a dozen every day. I had something this past weekend, it was a cashew nut dessert, half dipped in chocolate. I don't remember the name, but Yum! I didn't know about "Danish Day" thanks for the heads-up.
re: Dave Feldman
Yes, there are both plain, and chocolate-dipped shortbreads in his shop. His bread is minimal, each day he bakes challah, Italian and French breads/baguettes. I bought a Danish bread, very dense and dark, have yet to try it. (it smells really good, sweet-ish) He also bakes Kaiser rolls and sub rolls. Each day he does a "bread of the day". Today was a focaccia that looked very herby. On Fridays, he does 2 breads that day, both a seeded rye and pumpernickel. I asked if he makes a seedless rye, and the answer was sadly no.
The bakery does lots of little spritz cookies, at least 10 different types. A apricot tart looked great, as did the neopalitans.
It's worth the trip, depending on your side of town.