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Yalaha Country bakery
If you are a regular visitor to the Orlando area you may find that you really miss having some ‘real tasting bread’ when you are over there as it’s hard to find the rustic, country breads that are so readily available in the UK.
Well all that changed when friends told us about a little-known German bakery in the small village of Yalaha in Lake County. If you are on your way up to Mt Dora using the 27 north and the 19 east you will see Yalaha signposted just after the Mission Inn. The bakery is about 2-3 miles further on from the inn-you cannot miss it, it is really prettily decorated like a Bavarian guesthaus.
Here is the home of real bread, free from additives and preservatives, just full of pure wholesome goodness. Not something you would expect to find deep in Floridian countryside.
The bakery was opened in 1995 by a german countryman called Gunter Herold who wanted to provide the quality of hand crafted wholesome breads from his home country.
He got together with a group of bakers to produce the delights he serves in the shop and café. The flour and grains he uses are organic and come from a Mennonite (Anabaptist religious group) mill. The breads received such acclaim that there has been many articles written about them. I read one such article in one of the Orlando Sentinel.
As well as these gorgeous healthy breads, they also make delicious pizzas and have an impressive selection of mouthwatering cakes and pastries-you are literally spoilt for choice.
On the day we visited it was really hot and we decided to eat our lunch in the garden. They have a little garden set with tables and chairs to the rear and it was just really relaxing to eat ‘al fresco’. On Saturdays you are invited to bring along your deckchairs as they have live music outside in the garden at no extra charge. These little concerts take place from 10-12am. Unfortunately we are not very good at getting up early so we have never managed to make one yet-but maybe one day and you can also combine it with a visit to Historic Mt Dora which is just a further half hour drive away.
The bakery has also just begun to open on a Sunday from 11am until 3pm and there is also a mail order service should you wish to have some bread delivered rather than drive up to Yalaha for more supplies.
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