New bakery with unique signature item coming soon to downtown Winter Park
There’s a new bakery set to open in downtown Winter Park in the coming weeks, offering a healthier spin on some classic baked goods and a signature creation: a traditional Eastern European Trdlo, or Trdelník.
“We’re really excited about introducing this to people around here, and bringing something special to Colorado,” said Irene Lesner, who owns the Rollin’ Street Bakery, located on Highway 40 next to Ski Depot Sports, with her husband, Vlad. “It’s a very unique, specialty dough.”
The trdlo is a kind of chimney or spit cake originating from Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic wherein rolled dough is wrapped around a cylinder and baked with sugar and cinnamon. Vlad describes it as similar to a doughnut, but baked instead of deep fried.
Like their favorite dish, the Lesners are transplants from the Czech Republic. Both Vlad and Irene grew up just outside of Prague, but didn’t meet each other until separately moving to the United States. Vlad moved to Colorado in 1981 where he worked as a dishwasher while he learned to speak English, and eventually came to run his own auto body shop in Boulder for many years.
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Irene was a classically trained dressmaker and interior designer in the Czech Republic before moving to Colorado and meeting Vlad. She’s also a certified barista from the European Barista Institute.
But both Vlad and Irene have baking in their blood as his grandfather was a baker, and Irene is still using some of her grandmother’s recipes.
“We’ve kept these recipes all this time because they still work for us,” said Irene. “Especially my famous Christmas cookies, which I bake every year. It’s nice to keep it going all this time.”
Aside from the novelty of introducing a brand new baked good to the valley, Vlad and Irene are hoping that their ingredients help to set them apart from the competition.
“We are shooting for all organic and local,” said Vlad. “I know it’s going to be hard, but that’s what we would like to see. We want to put the organic ingredients on the wall so people know. Our version of the trdlo is also a lot healthier. We use less sugar, and I think people will find it better without the extra oil and fat in doughnuts.”
The trdlo can be served as both a sweet and savory dish, baked with cheese and herbs instead of sugar and cinnamon, and will be served all day. It can also be rolled into cones to be filled with ice cream. The bakery will serve a number of other breakfast and dessert baked goods, as well as parfaits and other snacks.
Finally, the bakery will make its own fermented lemonade, including variations made with raspberry, melon, cucumbers, pineapple and more.
Rollin’ Street Bakery will have a small sitting area consisting of three small tables, but will primarily act as a takeout style bakery. It’s expected to open in mid-June.
“If you have a good product people will know,” said Vlad. “Right now we’re one of the only ones who have a chance to introduce something like this produce to people. We don’t want to be known as just decent, but the best in Colorado.”
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