Monday, November 23, 2009

My Town Monday: Dudley's Bakery, Santa Ysabel

I've written a couple of My Town Monday posts about Julian, CA. The posts have been about the Julian gold mine and the Observers Inn Planetarium.

If you're in the vicinity of Julian, you'll definitely want to hit Dudley's Bakery.



Dudley's Bakery was started in 1963 by a man named Mr. Dudley (big surprise there!) Pratt who'd owned a bakery in the town next door to me, El Cajon. Dudley's Bakery is located in Santa Ysabel, about 50 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

Mr. Pratt used to close Dudley's Bakery for a couple of months each year so that he could take off for Europe in search of new bread recipes. He didn't wite these recipes down, but memorized them. Which seems a little dicey to me, but presumably Mr. Pratt's memory was better than mine. He was also on the lookout for new ovens and other baking paraphernalia.

This is one of my favorite breads from Dudley's. It's Baja Jalapeno. The top seller, though, is the date, nut and raisin bread. There are about 15 different varieties of bread. There was a time when the bakery offered over 40 varieties!

Yes, for you sweet-toothed people, there are fresh pastries.

Some trivia: About 5,000 loaves are baked a day. The bakers start at midnight and work all night long, filling the four large ovens (each oven holds as many as 120 loaves, if I've done my math right!). Dudley's bread is a common school fundraiser in these parts. There has been talk of Mr. Pratt as a friendly ghost who hung around the bakery. But he hasn't been "seen" in about 15 years.

Here's a link to Dudley's famous bread pudding.

And here's contact info for Dudley's Bakery:
30218 Highway 78 (Julian Road)
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Phone: (760) 765-0488
Dudley's Bakery website


Oh great. Now I'm hungry and have nothing decent to nibble on!


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Sources:
http://www.dudleysbakery.com/history.html
http://entertainment.signonsandiego.com/places/dudleys-bakery/http://www.dudleysbakery.com/images/calfarmer_article.pdf

11 comments:

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That's a lot of bread to bake in a day's time. The jalapeno bread sounds delicious. Next time I'm heading towards San Diego, I'll have to look it up on the map.

Teresa said...

That sounds delicious! I love European breads. Yet another reason to head south for San Diego!

Barrie said...

Teresa, you know you want to visit! :)

Barrie said...

Chocolate Covered Daydreams: that is a lot of bread. A local drugstore used to carry Dudley's bread. Which was so nice and handy. But, alas, they don't carry it anymore. ;(

Barrie said...

Chocolate Covered Daydreams: I keep forgetting you're in California too.

Vodka Mom said...

Those are amazing. Now, pass me a bun.;...

Charles Gramlich said...

Myhmmm, fresh bread.

Keri Mikulski said...

Yummy!! I can almost smell it. :)

pattinase (abbott) said...

never met a bakery i didn't like.

Shelli said...

the jalapena bread sounds delish!

Beth said...

I really have to get out more - to bakeries!