Brød Bread & Pastry
Karen Middleton-Meadham and Gerrit Sepers haven’t even opened their bakery yet and they’ve been welcomed with open arms in their new community.
They are working towards a spring opening of their new venture, Brød Bread & Pastry on Queen Street in Blyth in the building formerly occupied by the Queens Bakery.
While the building and the interior will be familiar to those who frequented the Queens, both the decor and the products will definitely be influenced by the new owners. Brød is Danish for bread and pays homage to Karen’s grandmother who taught her to bake using traditional Danish recipes from memory when she was very young. The recipes are all an oral tradition from her grandmother; nothing was written down.
The menu will focus on breads and pastries, along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other beverages. They are planning on operating it as a bakery and café, and look forward to adding in local music, art and vendors. They have already lined up some exciting partners.
They were excited to find an artistic downtown business community that rivaled the offerings of much bigger centres. It was the vibe that attracted them to Blyth.
There will be a few specialties on the menu. Their nine-year-old daughter Lilly’s favourite thing in the whole world is her mother’s elephant feet, a chocolate-swirled meringue, so that will be a staple. Gerrit has a few favourites but is especially partial to stroopwaffel, a treat that Karen has made in honour of her husband’s Dutch heritage, and “anything with Karen’s lemon curd on it”, he added with a laugh. Karen is particularly fond of the traditional Danish dark rye bread.
They are planning to be open mid-spring and will be offering curbside pickup, as well as eventually running events like coffee houses (as things return to normal).
Keep up with their progress on Facebook at Brød Bread & Pastry. 430 Queen St., Blyth.