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Local Spotlight - Three Sons Bakery

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By Gretchen Hein

Susan Winters of Three Sons Bakery is following her heart’s desire and a love of baking that began in her childhood kitchen making baked goodies with her mother and grandmother. In fact, some of Susan’s recipes have their roots in those early baking days. Her three sons have provided the main source of inspiration, hence the name, for Three Sons Bakery. She started baking for them when they were young. They have been, and still are her essential reason for baking. Susan’s sons, now grown, and her daughter, with whom she recently reconnected, are all part of the effort, each in their own way. While Susan does the bulk of the work, Three Sons Bakery is definitely a family affair.

Susan was always the one bringing desserts to gatherings and dinners. Everyone raved and said she ought to go into business. She tried her hand at supplementing her income selling baked goods here and there from her home kitchen. With inspectors on her trail, she found space in a “legal” kitchen and baked there for a while. In 2005 she took a leap and turned part of her carport into a licensed kitchen. She’s been at the baking business full-time ever since.

Susan’s desire is to create the finest home-style cakes, cookies and cheesecakes Tallahassee has to offer. Her baked goods can be found in places all around town. New Leaf Market carries the gluten-free apple, banana and pumpkin breads. Other places you can find Susan’s baked delights are: Tomato Land, Black Dog Café, Home Town Coffee and Honeytree. Three Sons Bakery is at the downtown Saturday Market most Saturdays and at the Lake Ella Growers Market on Wednesday afternoons. One day Susan hopes to have a storefront, but for now she’s quite content to bake at home.

Most of her business comes from custom orders. She delivers, or you may drive to her home and pick up your order yourself. Her baked goods are shipped abroad as well. She bakes cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, pies, brownies, quick breads, pound cakes, scones . . . the list goes on. And they are all made with the best ingredients. Check it out for yourself at her website, www.threesonsbakery.com. The website tells more of her story, includes pictures of her baked goods taken by Ben, her photographer son, and testimonies from around the country extolling the quality and great taste of her wares. One comment sums it up fairly well, “The only thing better than seeing such a masterpiece is consuming one.”

For those with special dietary needs, she’s developed several gluten-free and diabetic recipes. She has a line of whole grain products as well. If it’s freshly baked, handcrafted, high-quality, great-tasting baked goods you’re looking for, you’ll want what Susan makes.

 

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