We decided to conclude our trip over the Cascades by stopping on our way back for a short hike at a place called Heybrook Lookout near Index. But, before we undertook this fun, yet pretty short (only about 2 miles) hike, we needed to properly fuel. And since there was no volleyball, it meant that I got to pick a bakery/cafe! I zeroed in on Anjou Bakery in Cashmere which was between where we were at and where we wanted to go.
Fortunately there ended up being a nice big sign on the side of the highway that guided us where to go because I probably would have missed it otherwise. Anjou Bakery is actually outside of Cashmere and is in a building that I don’t think anyone would confuse with a bakery. It kind of looked a little rundown from the outside; an older farmhouse sitting at the edge of a pear orchard that has been left alone a little bit. But, as soon as you walk in, the smells of pastries and breads hit you and you know you are in the right place. The room you walk into is fairly modest with a few tables, and wood floors. There is a small display case and coffee bar to your right as you turn the corner.
After looking through the delicious pastries, I nearly went with the almond croissant, until I noticed the pear pastry. I figured if I was in a place named after the fruit, then I should give it a try. I added a capuccino, and also grabbed a salami sandwich to have on the hike. We then took our goodies outside to enjoy the sun. Having lived in Seattle for so long, we had almost forgotten what that bright orb in the sky was…apparently there is some force field that stops it at the Cascades.
The pastry was very good. It was crispy and flaky, a little powdered sugar floated into the air with each bite. The pear was ever so slightly tart, firm, and delicious. And there was a little cream/custard under the fruit that just rounded the whole thing out nicely. I was actually surprised that the whole thing wasn’t as sweet as I expected which was wonderful. It was just a nice, well done pastry.
Once we finished soaking up the last drops of vitamin D and licking up the last few crumbs of pastry (ok that was just me), we continued on our way to our hike where we made it to the top of the lookout. It was there that we broke out the sandwiches that we had been carrying with us (almost three hours of drive plus hiking time had passed by this point). The baguettes were great; maintaining just enough crunch to add a textural element and firmness to the sandwich, but mostly just soft delicious bread. As for the salami, it was good, but I would have liked to see a little more. I know that in a bakery the bread is the star of the show, but I definitely like to have that balanced with the meat and cheese.
Both the Dining Diva and I were completely satisfied with both things that we grabbed at Anjou Bakery. I’m glad that I looked it up and we stopped by. The food was good and just the right amount at the right time. It was a touch pricier than other bakeries I’ve been to in Seattle, but it wasn’t anything I was complaining about. This is one that I would definitely recommend if you find yourself heading out on Highway 2 toward Wenatchee and beyond, that you take a moment to stop by and visit.
Final Verdict – 4.25 Stars