Jaarsma Bakery

One of the best

Probably the most famous things made at Jaarsma Bakery are Dutch letters – giant-size pastries in the form of the letter S. They’re swell, and no one should visit Pella without eating at least a monogram; but Dutch letters are only a hint of the glories to be found on Jaarsma’s shelves. To the left as you enter are racks of sunny-yellow angel food cakes made into circles and loaves. To the right are cases filled with dozens of beautiful pastries, many with such enchanting names as krackelings, goat’s legs, almond bankets, and figure 8s.

Above the pastries on the top shelf are two kinds of bread, both of which are irresistible. One is apple bread, a gnarled loaf with a frosted top. It is more pastry-like than bread-like — something Paul Bunyan might have with his morning cup of coffee. The other favorite is cinnamon bread – a soft, swirled loaf with veins of moist cinnamon sugar folded inside. Civilized persons buy these loaves, take them home, and use a knife to slice them. We buy one of each, hit the road, and tear at them in the front seat like hungry wolverines.

What to Eat
Jaarsma Bakery, apple bread
apple bread
A tray of apple bread loaves
Jaarsma Bakery, Krackling
Kracklings are like sugared pie crust.
Jaarsma Bakery, Dutch letters
Dutch letters
Jaarsma's Dutch letter alphabet is limited to S.
Jaarsma Bakery, Goat Legs
Goat Legs
Goat legs: almond cookies dipped in chocolate
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday6am - 6pm
Tuesday6am - 6pm
Wednesday6am - 6pm
Thursday6am - 6pm
Friday6am - 6pm
Saturday6am - 6pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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