The "Boss Lady" of Bredenbeck's Bakery

June 6, 2011 2:45:02 PM PDT
Alicia's searching the Delaware Valley for good, old fashioned food stories.

Today, the story is in Chestnut Hill, where the recipe for success is sweet and it's been that way for more than a century.

"My grandfather came up with the recipe, my father learned the recipe and we have been doing it ever since I can remember," says Karen Haug Boyd-Rohde, who is known around Bredenbeck's Bakery as the "Boss Lady."

Today, her three children work in the bakery and ice cream parlor, and her son Irv is the fourth generation making his great grandfather's rum ring.

It's a hundred year old recipe pastry chef Otto Haug perfected in his home country of Germany, and he packed with him when he immigrated to Northeast Philadelphia.

"He was trained as a master baker over in Germany and then started working for Fred Bredenbeck," says Boyd-Rohde, and when Fred retired in 1954 he gave my father and grandfather a pat on the back and said 'good luck.'"

Every week about 40 rum rings roll out of Bredenbeck's. Today the family bakery and ice cream parlor pack all three floors of a 19th century home on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.

Besides the rum ring, the sweet-toothed faithfuls have other favorites like the award-winning cupcakes, fruit tarts, cinnamon buns and the signature iced butter pound cake.

Bredenbeck's Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor
8126 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118