Known by many if not most Satellites, the beloved local pastry known as the Kringle is a huge pretzel shaped bread-cake thing that, for about $15, you can bring home from many high-end supermarket bakeries. Perhaps not so well known, although infinitely more complex and varied, the Larson’s Bakery itself, where, on the corner of 24th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street, you will find a true, traditional and deluxe version of a Scandinavian bakery. Not a surprise as the old and established area of Ballard is well known for it’s Scandinavian ties and a sense of being, in the midst of big-city Seattle, a small town full of character.
It’s an exploration to shop here, everything may resemble the sweet rolls and pastries you are used to in the American counterpart, but the resemblance fades at the first bite. This is the real thing. What’s good? Everything from the cardamon bread, the fruit and custard and cheese twists for breakfasts or brunch, the cakes, available or to order, pastries, amazing cookies, tarts, little green frog cakes, and on and on. The coffee on the other hand is far from Italian and I can rarely get through a whole cup. It’s better than 7-11 coffee anyway, but other than that, this place will bring you back again and again just to make your way through the many wonders and new and tempting sweet breads and pastries they offer. And if you are in need of a wedding cake, they do that as well, including one modeled after The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. And they keep very nice hours, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 6 a.m. on Sundays. Let me know what you think!
Oh, and if you have kidlets, there’s oodles of frosted cookies, cupcakes, marzipan pigs, and the ubiquitous slices of fine white cake better than most you’ve ever had.