Pastries & Baked Goods
367 Persimmon Hill Ln., Lampe, 417-779-5443
Persimmon Hill Farm’s Thunder Muffins make a statement. First off, the things are massive. “They have a great big top, and no two are the same,” says Earnie Bohner, who owns the farm with his wife, Martha. “They look like big thunderheads, which is how they got their name.” The muffins are made from scratch with farm-fresh eggs, butter, flour and blueberries that are grown right on the farm, which you can see from the dining area’s windows. They’re topped with cinnamon and sugar for a crispy finish, and they’re served with butter. “We’ve made as many as 1,500 in a day,” Bohner says.
Persimmon Hill also serves up a little something called the Cumulobluebus. “We split the hot blueberry muffin in two, put a big scoop of ice cream inside, put whipped cream on top of that, sail blueberries into the whipped cream, then top it with either blueberry, blueberry maple or blueberry amaretto syrup,” Bohner says. If that’s not enough to fulfill your wildest foodie dreams, we don’t know what is.
Also on the menu: Blueberry pancakes. If you’re in the mood for a meal you can wrap your hands around, Persimmon Hill also serves a breakfast burrito made from shiitake mushrooms (also grown at the farm), fresh eggs, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and salsa.
1108 E. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-831-6095
It’s no secret that Amy McGehee can make a mean cinnamon roll. In fact, her pillowy, gooey swirled wonders developed such a following that she had several requests for a take-and-bake form. She and her bakery team developed those, and now the rolls are only sold by custom order in pans of six and can be baked fresh in your own kitchen. The par-baked rolls are available in regular or maple pecan and come with instructions and glaze, so you can drizzle the delightful treats with glazy goodness while they’re still hot.
Don’t Miss The: Take-and-bake cinnamon rolls in maple pecan or regular with instructions and a tasty glaze.
206 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-885-5030
In May 2006, Craig Crosby opened a bakery. This bakery quickly earned a following, and now it provides fresh baked breads and goodies for many 417-land restaurants. Crosby kept up with the demand, and at the same time, he continued to offer customers delicious fresh-baked breads and goodies. About a year ago after getting a request from a client, Crosby developed a Paleo Muffin. “They had a lot of clientele that were familiar with the Paleo Diet and they wanted to offer something for them in their dessert case,” Crosby says. The wheat-free muffin is made of almond meal, dates, bananas and eggs and comes in a mini loaf form, and it’s been popular among the healthy crowd. Another favorite in this take-out spot is the breakfast scone, which is offered in blueberry, cinnamon chip, orange and cranberry. At press time, The Artisan’s Oven was soon planning to move to a new location on Commercial Street with in-house seating and an expanded breakfast pastry menu. We can’t wait to give it a try!
Don’t Miss The: The Paleo Muffin, a wheat-free muffin made of almond meal, dates, bananas and eggs or the blueberry, cinnamon chip, orange and cranberry breakfast scones.
1645 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-866-5533
This spot is always hopping at lunch, but if you’re in the mood for something sweet a bit earlier in the day, it actually opens at 10 a.m. You can buy whole quiches here in several varieties, including spinach and artichoke; a club quiche with turkey, bacon, ham and cheese; a four-cheese; ham and cheese and more. “My favorite is anything with mushrooms in it,” says owner Beth Perry. While you’re picking up a quiche for your brunch, grab some of Beth’s fresh-baked cookies—the most popular are the ever-so-soft chocolate chip, and the oatmeal Craisin white chocolate chip.
Don’t Miss The: Whole quiches, available in several varieties including spinach and artichoke and a club quiche with turkey, bacon, ham and cheese or the oatmeal Craisin white chocolate chip cookies.
1454 E. Cherry St., Springfield, 417-832-2171
(Editor's note: This restaurant has closed since the publication of this article.) Elle Feldman makes many delicious things. Scrumptious breakfast pastries offered at her cute little purple patisserie include cherry and apple turnovers, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and pamiers, a light French puff pastry that many French customers say are spot on. But also on her list of fresh-baked goodies are croissants, which come plain or filled. The savory croissants include ham and cheese and spinach and cheese, and the sweet come in chocolate, almond and apricot. “Chocolate and almond are the most popular,” Elle says. The chocolate are loaded with a chocolate filling and drizzled with more chocolaty goodness, and the almond are filled with a creamy almond paste and dusted with powder sugar. These magical, flaky wonders are created with the help of Elle’s husband, Jon, and a pastry chef. Elle’s Patisserie is also a great spot to enjoy French press coffee or signature blended tea.
Don’t Miss The: Palmier, a light French puff pastry; the cinnamon rolls or the croissants filled with ham and cheese, spinach and cheese, chocolate, almond or apricot.
2426 Grand Ave., Carthage, 417-359-9988
Most people don’t know that Carthage is home to a popular coffee shop that offers up a handful of top-notch breakfast goodies. Humble Pie & Blaize’n Coffee offers gourmet coffee, lattes and espresso as well as scones, muffins, turnovers, mini danishes, cookies and other sweet treats. But what’s the most popular here is the maple pecan danish. “It tastes like a small piece of pecan pie,” says owner Becky DeCrescenzo, who runs the spot with her mom, Barbara Bass. “It has the same filling, but it’s a braided Danish made out of puff pastry. It has pecans and maple glaze on top.” We’ll take two, please.
Don’t Miss The: Scones, turnovers or the maple pecan Danish, a braided Danish made out of puff pastry with a filling like a pecan pie and pecans and maple glaze on top.
323 B South Ave., Springfield, 417-832-1720
No matter how many times you visit, MudHouse Coffee never disappoints. The coffee options here are near limitless, and the spot serves up everything from breakfast quiche, fruit and yogurt to bagels and cinnamon rolls in the line of food. But at at breakfast time, there has been a long-standing favorite—the cranberry walnut muffin. Made fresh at the coffee house, this tasty, moist hand-held breakfast combines sweet-tart cranberries with crunchy walnuts into a hand-held work of art that packs a sweet-hearty punch. It’s perfect for enjoying in the spot’s ideal coffee house setting, great for chatting with friends or enjoying a good book.
Don’t Miss The: Cinnamon rolls or the cranberry walnut muffins made fresh at the coffee house and packing a sweet-hearty punch.
3314 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-881-5226
Supreme Bakery sells everything from danishes and donuts to cakes and muffins. Although it’s all delicious, there is one thing that this spot does unlike anywhere else. This thing is called the kringle, or, as we like to call it, a big, wonderful O-shaped danish of deliciousness. The treat is made of 39 layers of flaky Danish phyllo dough, and there’s butter between each and every delectable layer. Yes, 39 layers of butter. Kringles are filled with your choice of fruit, fruit and cream cheese, chocolate cake, pecans or cinnamon streusel. Then, they’re iced. The most popular flavors of this delicate pastry are raspberry and pecan, but they’re all beyond yummy.
Don’t Miss The: Donuts and muffins or the kringle, Supreme Bakery’s signature O-shaped danish with 39 layers of dough and fillings of fruit, fruit and cream cheese, chocolate cake or pecans.
105 Martingale Dr., Conway, 417-589-6191
This quaint little country restaurant is known for it’s gigantic, packed-with-flavor cinnamon rolls. In fact, the breakfast treats are so popular that people are talking about them a few towns over! When we called the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce for our research, they mentioned Rocking Chair Restaurant’s tasty plate-sized cinnamon-swirled treats, and we confirmed it. If you’re a fan of cinnamon rolls, this spot’s definitely worth the drive.
Don’t Miss The: Gigantic cinnamon rolls the size of a plate!