The Cle Elum Bakery, located at 501 East First Street in Cle Elum, Washington, has continued to serve visitors and community members for over a century. The bakery opened its doors in 1906, run by the founder, John Pricco, who immigrated to the United States from Italy. After purchasing the bakery in 1947, the Osmonovich family has continued to run the bakery using all of the original recipes.
The rustic appeal of the bakery has kept bringing customers back for years, as the bakery still uses the original brick oven. A busy Saturday at the Cle Elum bakery offers customers a variety of treats from donuts to cookies to pastries, and of course, freshly baked breads. Bread choices include their signature French bread, baguette, garlic cheese, wheat, and light rye. Sweet bread loaves and roll choices include cinnamon, cinnamon walnut, cinnamon raisin, maple walnut, and caramel nut. Their donut case holds a huge variety of choices including flavors such as maple nut, coconut crunch, chocolate walnut, and sugar cake. The pastry case offers items such as bear claws, Danishes, turnovers, and a great assortment of cookies.
After much contemplation, as I anxiously waited in line, I had narrowed down my choices. First, I tried the chocolate maple donut, which is a combination you rarely come across. The light maple flavor paired with milk chocolate topped the light, fluffy donut perfectly. I found the balance of the flavor surprising, as both chocolate and maple can prove to be overpowering at times.
Second, I sampled a butter horn pastry, another unusual bakery find. The pastry, similar to a cinnamon roll in shape, had an incredibly unique taste. A flat, sweet roll lined with a thin cinnamon-almond glaze, and topped with a layer of vanilla icing. The flavors of this light, circular pastry are paired perfectly as butter, cinnamon, and almond work together. This item was by far my favorite, offering a unique treat that I had never tasted before.
The pastry case offered both apple and cherry turnovers, in addition to Danishes. I chose the apple Danish, which proved to be a satisfying decision. The outside was sweet and crisp, but wasn’t too tough. Once broken into, the turnover was flaky and soft and overflowing with sweet, flavorful apple slices. The apple filling was coated in a thick brown sugar sauce, but wasn’t filled with overbearing cinnamon, which was a nice surprise.
The Cle Elum bakery is conveniently located directly off of Interstate 90, allowing travelers a quick stop for a sweet treat. I found the staff very friendly and helpful, willing to offer you information or ingredients for any of their products. The selection was plentiful, and the treats were delicious, making the trip satisfying and worthwhile.