Walk into Mom’s Baking Company in Breckenridge and you immediately feel at home. From the cozy oversized pillows on the sofa to the aroma of pastries baking in the oven, the cafe has a warm, mountain, European feel that makes you want to sit down partake in the sweets and stay awhile.
Owner, operator and Chief Baker, Ema Landis has lived with her husband and two children in Breckenridge for more than a decade and has worked in some of the town’s well-known restaurants, but it was when she worked at All Events Catering, that she got the idea to open her own shop. “Simple food. I like that, “ said Landis. “Small and simple was the goal.”
The name, Mom’s Baking Co. came from her colleagues in the kitchen at Modis, where she served as Pastry Chef. They fondly called her “Mom” because she was older than most of them. It was there she began introducing her desserts to the town and the restaurant’s patrons. At Mom’s Baking Co., Landis also uses many of her own mother’s recipes, including her famous Baked Tea, made with a variety of baked seasonal fruit. Landis offers the Baked Tea as one of the teas in her café and sells it separately packaged in a small, glass jar with instructions on how to make it at home.
Landis, who attended culinary school in Europe with a focus on pastries, is originally from the Czech Republic. She was inspired by the Czech coffee shops back home and offers items on her menu varying from light and flaky sweet and savory strudels, to a variety of quiches (try the Cowboy Quiche), baked oatmeal, Paninis, soups and always offers a Czech-type sandwich. “There is a nice-sized Czech community in Breckenridge and when they come in, they look for that sandwich,” said Landis.
The menu changes regularly for a fun variety but there are staples Landis and her staff are always baking, including, custom cakes, birthday cakes, and cheesecakes. “We bake how we feel, “ Landis said. “ We want our customers to enjoy the variety of our menu so try to create a new one each month.” In addition to her mother’s Baked Tea, Landis also sells the handmade mugs hanging from the ceiling of her café, made by a friend.
Open for breakfast, lunch and après, Landis, also offers bottled drinks, and a selection of beers, wines, coffees, and teas. “We love when customers also stop by in the afternoon for some wine and a little dessert,” said Landis.
Mom’s Baking Co.
100 N. Main Street, Suite 214, Breckenridge
by Mara Sheldon
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