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Scandia Bakery, Lake Worth (Palm Beach County)

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Scandia Bakery, Lake Worth (Palm Beach County)

s.m. koppelman | Nov 8, 2003 10:33 PM

When I've gone to downtown Lake Worth during the day, it's usually been on a Sunday, when the Scandia, a Finnish bakery on Dixie Highway just south of Lake Ave. is closed.

Finally got there. Everything's old-fashioned and homestyle. Lots of blueberry and apple tarts and pastries and danishes, some simple roll cakes, sweet buns and so forth, as well as bread and meat pasties and the like. They also make sandwiches, which I imagine could be very good despite the 1950s selection of ham, egg salad and the like since they have some interesting old-world cold cuts and good bread. They've also got a selection of Finnish candy and glassware: think salt licorice.

Anyhow, I had a meat-and-rice pasty. To put it in decidedly non-Finnish terms, the filling was reminiscent of stuffed cabbage or shepherd's pie and the crust is like an Argentine empanada's. Good, simple retro street food.

I had a sort of blueberry square too, with fruit filling between two molasses-y layers of cakey crust. Again, nice and simple classic stuff and a bargain at $1.25 a slice.

I got a loaf of their "Russian" dark rye bread to go. Dense, heavy and surprisingly soft. Great sour flavor and a tangy, mottled crust. Absolutely fantastic with butter, sliced thick, and a great accompanimant for soup. The best of its kind that I've had in South Florida, better than any I've found at German bakeries and Russian groceries so far. They also do some other breads including a softer, sweeter "Swedish" rye and a corn rye.

You won't find tiramisu, elaborate pastries or a $4 cup of coffee, so don't go looking for it (that's elsewhere down Lake Ave.). Get something with blueberries there and a loaf of bread to take home. Mmmm.

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