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Wunderbar Baked Goods and Dishes at the Guglhupf Bakery & Café

By Pamela Sosnowski

Over its 17 years of operation, the Guglhupf Bakery & Cafe of Durham has grown with the local community. It began as a small bakery - and has since expanded to a retail and wholesale bakery with a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Says owner Claudia Cooper, "The bakery came first and it was really rather a fluke to open the café. There was no plan for that originally, but we were presented an opportunity to do so with a ground up construction project, and it was too good to resist. This building on the boulevard has come such an amazingly long way that it is really something to look at pictures of when we first started in that location."

The Guglhupf artisan bakery produces the usual assortment of pastries and baked goods - such as danishes, croissants, scones, cookies, and cakes - as well as several German specialties alluding to the establishment's name, which is a German term for a marble cake.

Some of those German items include vollkorn, a hearty northern German rye bread; bauernbrot, a wheat and rye blend bread with a stout glaze; and berliners, the German version of a jelly doughnut. The bakery also makes several items with Swabian brezel, or pretzel dough, making it available as sub rolls, knots, pretzels, or filling it with ham, roasted red peppers, and cheese. Customers will also find a decadent Blackforest torte, which is the cafe's version of a Schwarzwalder Kirsch torte, as well as Linzer cookies, the classic Austrian treat layered with raspberry jam.

Cooper takes pride in being able to make every bakery item in-house and from scratch. "No compromises," she says. "For me, it just does not work any other way, and I have to be able to be proud of what we serve. "

In the afternoons and evenings, the cafe's menu shines with lunch and dinner items such as wiener schnitzel, roasted pork loin, spatzle, omelets, sandwiches, and more. An outdoor fountain and garden enhance the atmosphere of the restaurant's patio area. Cooper says that even after 17 years, many people are surprised to discover that the Guglhupf serves dinner.

"I think the dishes we serve are very good and a lot of effort is being put into making sure that they are healthy, delicious, fresh, and good for you," she continues. "My greatest pride is the dinner service we do here since that is where we can slow down a bit and let our artistic side shine. If you have not had dinner at the G yet, you have missed out."

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