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Restaurants & Bars

Swissbakers in Reading

gimlis1mum | Sep 29, 201005:13 PM     2

A friend of mine raves about their pretzel rolls so I stopped by the Swissbakers shop today for a quick look-see.

http://www.swissbakers.com/index.php

Sadly, they were either out of the pretzel rolls or not baking them today, so I didn't get to try 'em. They were offereing samples of 4 or 5 different items, which was nice. I tasted a pretzel croissant and a plum tart, and liked both.

The staff were very friendly and greeted me right away, then were patient with me while I tried to order while keeping my tired kids from climbing the walls. They encouraged me to try all of the samples, which only slowed the ordering process since I was busy chewing :-)

I bought a plain croissant, butter roll, chocolate berliner and almond tartlette to take home. I like that all of their items are of a manageable size - no overgrown pastries here.

The croissant was very light and flaky; I couldn't taste the butter although their website says that the croissants are made with 100% butter. The butter roll was very cute, in the shape of a frog, with a fine texture (but not squishy) and nice flavor. The donut part of the berliner tasted a lot like the paczki that we make at home, so lots of eggs and butter, I'm guessing? It was delicious and light, not oily at all. The chocolate filling was a little sparse and the consistency of chocolate syrup - but it was my first chocolate Berliner, so I don't know what they're supposed to be like. The filling in the almond tartlette was more like an almond cake than fragipane, so a little dry to eat neat - it would have been better if I'd had it with coffee.

The shop is right next to the train station, on the west side of the tracks - I drove by it the first time and olny spotted the sign when I turned around after assuming I'd missed it. I guess they have been at area farmers' markets and food trucks lately? The shop also offers sandwhiches which I hope to try on my next visit. It's pretty small, just a few tables inside, but cute & clean. I'm looking forward to working my way through the pastry case - and I'd love to know what Striperguy thinks of their croissants :-)

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