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Jan 19, 2010 06:37 PM

Good Bakeries in New Hampshire

I'm looking for some good bakeries in New Hampshire. I live in Concord and I know Bread and Chocolate has a nice selection of tarts, cakes, and other desserts. Any recommendations of places to check out? I love a good bakery! Thanks!

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  1. I don't know how far you want to drive, but in Milford, The Good Loaf has a small shop. Her breads are very good, we've also enjoyed her scones. I'm not a big sweets person, but my husband always treats himself to cookies from there. She started out in the Amherst Farmer's Market and business got large enough for her to open shop. She uses quality ingredients, so her breads are pricey though.

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    1. re: solargarlic

      The Good Loaf is great and I also like the Dutch Epicure in Amherst. Fredericks OTOH is way overrated IMO.

      1. re: SuperGrover

        I agree with SuperGrover, the Dutch Epicure has great desserts. The chocolate mousse torte is out of this world. Chocolate cake, filled with chocolate, topped with chocolate ganache. Yummmmmmm

    2. Every time we drive to Loon I plan the trip around the hours that Madeleine's is open. it's in Concord, on N main street. If you've not been before... the owner/ baker is always there, and he is charming, talkative and talented!

      While I've not tried their signature madeleine cookies, I adore their apricot or raspberry filled cookies, as well as their fruit tarts and cakes. Almost everything comes in "indvidual" sizes, but many items are so wonderfully rich that sharing is encouraged.

      They use whole ingredients, no lard in the buttercream here! And as you'd expect from a French bakery their baguette is perfectly chewy. They also sell quiche, a few sandwiches and soup, all homemade, to balance out the sugar rush with a little protein. They will gladly heat this for you if desired.

      One last note- although I can't bring myself to try it, they seem to have a very loyal following for Gorton- a French Canadian spread that I'd call a pork pate.

      1. There are a couple we like: Patisserie Bleu (assuming it's still there) in Nashua is excellent. Blackberry Bakery of Derry just opened in Londonderry right by exit 4. It's terrific. We also like the Black Forest in Amherst. Agree that Fred's is overrated, as well as over-priced.

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        1. re: mcnuss

          I think Frederick's buys their cakes at Walmart down the street and resells them.

          1. re: mcnuss

            I used to like Patisserie Bleu but it went kind of downhill when they changed ownership.

          2. If you're up for a scenic drive, German John's in Hillsborough has great German breads and soft pretzels. Just don't put mustard on the pretzels, he will come out of the back to tell you they are screaming.

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            1. re: whs

              Since you are so close, Abigail's Bakery in Weare is worth a visit. About 15 min from Concord, up Clinton street, or exit 2 off 89 if you wanted to go via highway.

              Weare is large, but Abigail's is in the SE corner so just outside of Bow, Dunbarton, Hopkinton. I live not far from there so can conveniently get their breads right at the bakery. It's a small, family-run bakery out in a farm-ish area that started selling retail directly from the bakery a couple of years ago. Their emphasis is organic baked goods.

              Gravel driveway, chickens and/or children running around in the yard..... I think it's great.


              1. re: Dave B

                wow, thanks for posting the link to Abigail''s. Everything looks delicious plus she has generously posted some great looking recipes.

                1. re: Dave B

                  Note - I made an error in the location.... They are in the Northeast part of Weare (not the SE as I has written), hence why they are just outside of Concord.

              2. Riverstones Fine Pastries, Route 16 in Conway (next to the Army Barracks store). Awesomely sinful cakes, pies, cheesecake, etc; every bit is homemade on the premises. They sell to many area restaurants. Although I normally detest scones, I can't resist their maple scones...incredibly moist, with rich maple/butter/nutty flavor. Good thing I live an hour away, or I'd probably be diabetic by now. I don't know if they have a web site, but their phone is (603)447-3366.