ELKADER-- For people familiar with the Northeast Iowa town town of Elkader, seeing a person walk by holding a crisp, white paper bag is a cue for your mouth to water. It's inevitably an incredible treat from Pedretti's Bakery.
You are instantly entranced in a daydream of biting into a freshly baked pastry, breaking through a sugary glaze to soft, buttery, flaky dough. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the “freshly baked goodness” this family-owned business bakes up daily. The store itself and its surrounding area smell sweetly of the pastries and breads that are sold each Tuesday through Saturday at this popular Clayton County treasure.
Their rolls are holiday staples and fresh baked buns are a must for your next outdoor barbecue. Whole loaves of soft bread are for sale just waiting to be taken home to your breadbox. Once you enter through the door, you are greeted by the familiar tinkling of a bell and a smile from the clerk.
Now comes the hard part. The display of baked goods, from breads to pastries to cookies, is a feast for the eyes and makes it difficult to decide on just one treat. Luckily, the reasonable prices allow you to get a treat (or multiple) for both now and later. Should you decide to enjoy your confection during a stroll through downtown or lounging near the river, single serving bottles of milk are also sold to perfectly complement your delicacy. Once you’ve made your purchase, you can be on your way with a goodie-filled crisp, white paper bag of your own from Pedretti’s Bakery.
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