Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Good Scone is Hard to Find

I admit that sometimes I am judgmental.

Especially when it comes to baked goods.

I don’t think you have to be the world’s best baker or foodie to appreciate a fresh, made-from-scratch bakery item. The difference between a muffin made from a mix, or made by hand from fresh ingredients is palpable.

I’ve been disappointed many times going into a café that serves great coffee, but mediocre baked goods. Typically, the muffins and breads are a bit too sweet and cake-like, and the scones are either tough and doughy, or too dry and flavorless.

Good scones seem particularly hard to find. However, today I hit upon one of the best scones I have had in Madison, at a café that is arguably one of Madison’s hidden treasures.

Ironworks Café, in the Goodman Neighborhood Center, is a testament to excellent business practices and a successful community enrichment program. The café, which is tucked into a sunny corner of the building, serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. All of the food is cooked from scratch. The meals feature local and seasonal ingredients and are served up by students enrolled in East High School’s alternative education program. As a matter of fact, the students, under professional direction, are responsible for all of the café's operations.

And they serve incredible scones. The scones are buttery and crisp on the outside, yet flakey and tender, but not doughy, on the inside. A cup of dark roast Just Coffee with brown sugar cubes provided the perfect compliment to the dried cherry scone I devoured today. Judging by my plate of crumbs, I will be back!

Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704
Phone 608.241.1574


Amy said...

Otehlia this is a treasure! I'll be sure to stop by this cafe next time I'm on the east side. I have been forever complaining about the quality of baked goods for sale in bakeries and cafes. They often look wonderful, but when you bite into them there is nothing but disappointment. Thanks for the tip.

Otehlia said...

It is such a sweet place and right off the Atwood bike path if you are biking. A great place to stop and fuel up.

Adam Simcock said...

great place for lunch and now light dinners from 5-8. i eat lunch there on average 2 times a week - alway something new, always delicious. Not to mention the best prices for local gourmet in town.