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Elm Street Bakery's wood-fired loaves wow East Aurora

Baguettes, ciabatta and EA Sourdough at Elm St Bakery, East Aurora 
Clockwise from left: Baguettes, EA Sourdough, ciabatta.          Photo: Kateri Rene Ewing

The Elm Street Bakeryhas created an outsized buzz for a place not quite a month old. But
that's what happens when you tear apart a former appliance store at 72 Elm St. and give East
Aurora a stylish, sophisticated scratch bakery built around a massive wood-burning brick oven.

At Elm Street, customers can pick up a loaf of hearth-baked sourdough bread, an
apricot-almond galette made with local fruit, and a crusty baguette in the same place. This is
a bakery that roasts its own coffee beans before brewing them up for customers.

(East Aurora Advertiser Columnist Rick Ohler got there at 6 a.m. the first morning, only to find himself third in line.)

Owner Jay DePerno said that the bakery has seen about 400 transactions a day so far, and is
coming close to selling out of loaves. "We're close every day," said DePerno. "We're trying to
make it so the last person who comes in the door has some bread to go home with."

A loaf of hearth-baked sourdough runs about $4 to $5.50, and there's also naturally
leavened rye, grain and fruit breads on offer. Yeast breads like baguettes and batards are
$3 to 4, DePerno said.

Sweet offerings include items like muffins, scones, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, pecan
squares and brownies, DePerno said.

Here's a picture of the bakery counter setup today, from Michael Caputo, who said the lineup of treats included sour cream pecan coffee cake, cherry chocolate chip cookie, walnut brownie, rustic French Bostock (which is typically a brioche slice dipped in syrup, topped with almond cream and almonds, baked, then sugar-dusted), vanilla bean shortbread dome, molten chocolate cookie, and muffins, including blueberry-lemon:

Elm Street Bakery counter 2 

There's more offerings in the works, too. In September, DePerno said, the bakery aims to
offer ready-made pizzas and other meals built around locally produced meat, vegetables and

(72 Elm St., East Aurora. Open Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; 652-4720.)

 Becon Cheddar and Chive Scone from Elm St Bakery, East Aurora
Bacon, cheddar and chive scones at Elm Street Bakery.            Photo: Kateri Rene Ewing

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