Last Monday I stopped in Kingsburg, my first time here and was quite charmed by the Swedish downtown. My first stop was Stockholm Bakery. The woman who greeted me bid me to take any seat, assuming that I was there for breakfast. I could tell it was a letdown when I said that I was interested in baked goods rather than a meal.
The items in the case were limited and looked shopworn. I asked what had been baked fresh that day and learned that only the bearclaw Danish were fresh. Because volume is so low, the specialty breads listed on the board are baked periodically and then frozen until sold. The only way to get fresh bread is to be here on baking day or during the festivals that bring more people to town.
The most interesting item in the case to my eye turned out to be raisin butter tarts. The counter lady said that though they were homely, they tasted better than they looked. She said that the crust was not pie dough but a sugar cookie crust made with butter. I said I’d take one to go, and she advised heating it before eating. I did just that, and it still tasted stale. The crust’s quite thick and the sugary filling similar to chess pie was minimal and too sweet.
Maybe sitting down for breakfast or lunch is the way to go here. The bakery also sells some imported goods such as caraway seeds and cheeses.
Stockholm Bakery & Café
1448 Draper St
Kingsburg, CA 93631