I stopped by my favorite neighborhood bakery this morning, Reuters and found a sign advertising St. Joseph day zeppole's, a "french" or cruller donut sliced in half and slathered with pastry cream and topped with pie fruit. It was one of two seasonal items on offer at Reuters today. The other, for St. Pat's day, was some fresh baked Irish soda bread with anise, fruits, and nuts. It looks innocent but packs a lot of flavors. The only thing missing from Reuters today was paczki, the Polish jelly donuts most properly eaten on the Thursday before Mardi Gras. I am sure they will be at Reuters soon.
Reuters is that kind of place. German in origin, and a chowhound poster once noted that Mr. Reuter trained Mr. Lutz, but Reuters hardly seems German anymore the way Lutz's still does. You could surely call Reuter's a Chicago bakery. They stuff cannoli's, fry donuts and bake an assortment of breads from squishy white to ebony pumpernickle. Irish soda bread, Jewish challah, Italian zeppole, German chocolate cake (OK, that is a ringer German chocolate is a kind of chocolate not a cake from Germany), Reuters sells goods from all over the Chicago map.
So, where are people's other favorites for zeppole, paczki, and soda bread. In addition, what other pre or post lenten baked goods am I missing (pancakes?).
Reuters Bakery, 7177 West Grand, (773)889-1414