12 Sweet Midwest Bakeries
Danville, Indiana: Bread Basket Cafe and Bakery
The family-owned Bread Basket makes artistic creations of the edible variety. It's known for its sweetie pies, baby cakes (pictured) and breads.
Flavors vary with the season, but might include a Blurbarb Sweetie Pie, with blueberries and rhubarb; Snickerdoodle Baby Cake, with cinnamon buttercream frosting; and Golden Yeast Bread, baked with squash, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Breakfast features a simple and inexpensive menu with items such as eggs, sausage and gravy biscuits, and French toast; for lunch, you can order hearty sandwiches (the chicken salad croissant is a favorite), made-from-scratch soup and salads with locally grown ingredients.
The bakery recently moved to a larger space and offers cozy seating in a renovated Arts and Crafts bungalow; try to nab a seat by the stone fireplace in winter (317/718-4800; breadbasketcafe.com).