There’s a magical little bakery in Lakeland, Florida called Born & Bread Bakehouse that is every baker’s dream come true. It took years to get there, but last week I drove 2.5 hours with my bestie, and it was amazing.

Born & Bread isn’t just a bakery where you run in and choose from an assortment of pastries and breads. I mean, yes they have those things, BUT they also have something that other bakeries don’t. Something magical – an infectious buzz that makes you want to apply for a job, or at least emulate it somehow.

The massive crowd wrapped around the building waiting for some delectable treat is also a testament to the magic within.

bakery menu

I chose bananas foster and brownie batter cruffins, chocolate chip cookies, and a bag of granola. What struck me most after ordering was watching the owner and her enormous staff as they moved around each other. This bakery is such a well-oiled machine and is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen.


After we clawed our way to a table, I finally dug into the bananas foster cruffin and it was incredible. It was messy as the flaky pastry fell to pieces in my hands, but this thing was culinary magic. I finally understood the hype.

I brought the rest home to my husband to enjoy together the next morning. After reheating them in the oven, the brownie batter cruffins were to die for. The mascarpone and brownie batter filling oozed out, dripping down our chins, making the most delicious mess ever.

It. was. glorious.

Driving up super early, waiting in the long line, and embracing all the luscious crumbs everywhere was so worth it. I can’t wait to go back. So, if you’re ever in Lakeland, FL check this bakery out and thank me later. 😉


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