Our Town Amana: Hahn's Bakery

By Travis Bockenstedt, Our Town Producer

AMANA - As early as four in the morning you can find Doris Hahn here working the old hearth oven at Hahn's Bakery. Hahn's Bakery has been in operation since 1866 and it continues to be an Amana Favorite.

"This is where I make the loaves of bread and the coffee cakes. I roll everything out by hand," said Hahn.

Actually Doris does more than rolling the dough, she bakes the bread, packages the finished product, and sells it to customers. It's a one person operation and its been that way since her husband Jack passed away.

"Before he passed away he told me you will know when to give it up," said Hahn.

Now eleven years later Doris is still running the bakery. She tells herself one of these days she's going to give it up, but thats hard when you live in Amana.

"I was going to give it up about five years ago and people didn't want me to do that, so here I am," said Hahn.

Doris has a following of loyal customers. After all, what community would give up fresh made raspberry, peach, and cherry coffee cakes?

"I can take the same coffee cake and put it in my modern oven and it will come out different taste," said Hahn.

Doris will give credit to the old hearth oven, but its her love of baking that really makes the product great. Depending on the day she bakes between 60 and 110 pastries. She loves her job, but this bakery is a reminder of her husband Jack.

"I will miss the people when I give it up. But there is a time in life that you have to say this is enough now," said Hahn.
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