There’s a magical little bakery in Lakeland, Florida called Born & Bread Bakehouse that is every foodie’s dream come true. It took years to get there, but two weeks ago I drove up and it was everything I hoped for.
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 all of those things, but they also have something that other bakeries don’t. That is an infectious buzz in the air that makes you want to do what they’re doing. Or to at least be a part of it somehow.
The massive crowd wrapped around the building waiting for some delectable treat is also a testament to the magic within.
My first impression is that the owner and her enormous staff has this place running like a well-oiled machine. It’s one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen, to be honest. Maybe that’s because I’m a foodie with a major love for pastries, but I don’t think that’s all it is. These people are friggin’ rockstars in aprons and I’m officially a fangirl.
The pressure to keep the line moving is intense so I ordered as quickly as I could and paid. I ordered cruffins (bananas foster and brownie batter), chocolate chip cookies, granola, and a maple sweet cream cold brew coffee.
Once you order you stand aside and wait to be called to pick up your package of goodies. Due to the amount of people, finding a table is next to impossible. It took a bit of waiting, but we snagged a table in back and I finally got to tuck into that bananas foster cruffin. Every bite made a huge mess as the flaky pastry fell to pieces in my hands and mouth. This thing was culinary magic and I finally understood the hype. The drive up at the crack of the dawn was totally worth it.
The next day I put the brownie batter cruffins in the oven for 10 minutes and that took things to a whole new level. As my husband and I bit into them the mascarpone and brownie batter filling oozed out, dribbling down our chins, and I felt like Augustus Gloop from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory with that sweet chocolatey mascarpone cream all over my face.
It was glorious.
The entire experience was amazing, as you’ve clearly gathered by now, and I can’t wait to go back for more. It’s worth every second of standing in the crowded line outside of the bakery, the frazzled ordering, and luscious crumbs falling all over yourself. If you’re ever in Lakeland, FL be sure to check it out. You won’t regret it.