I made my first stop at the Bakers Window today, located just off Madison’s Capitol Square at 122 State Street. As I mentioned previously, the bakeshop may be relatively new, but proprietors Brian and Karin bring a lot of experience to this labor of love. They’re also committed to local and organic ingredients in the execution of their craft. As they describe on their website, “We use beautiful large brown organic eggs, organic cultured unsalted butter made with Wisconsin milk & organic Kalona sour cream made with milk from local Amish farmers. Our cream-line whole milk, skim milk & cream come directly from Castle Rock Organic Farms of Osseo, WI in beautiful glass bottles which we return. Our menu features organic local flours, organic produce, organic cane sugar, local honey, organic cocoa, Callebaut Belgian chocolate & more. We strive to bring you the highest quality & are constantly adding more local and organic ingredients to our pantry. ”
Today we stopped by after a big brunch at The Coopers Tavern, so I didn’t buy any bread (which I now regret; next time!) Prompted by their sidewalk sign, I decided to give pie a chance — not that I needed much encouragement — and picked up a big, beautiful slice of apple pie to go. As you can see in the picture, layer upon layer of sliced apples were snuggled inside a blanket of deliciously chewy crust. It was a wonderful treat well worth the price tag ($4.25).
Besides some good looking loaves of bread, other offerings this morning included their version of Russian tea cakes, danishes, cinnamon rolls, and vegetarian quiches. Stop by and check them out yourself, and mark your calendar for their grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 26.
UPDATE: On September 20, 2012, Lindsay Christians reported for 77 Square that founders Karin and Brian were leaving the Bakers Window. Samara Kalk Derby followed up with a November 17 piece in the Wisconsin State Journal profiling the new head baker and pastry chef. Check out the links for more details.