Dutch Oven Bakery claims to be “The Sweetest Place in Town,” but they don’t mention Alanson has a population of about 1,000 people. The only reason I stopped here was because it’s about 30 minutes south of the bridge on US-31. Also, I’m The Pasty Guy, and I’ll eat any pasty at least once.
This is a bakery that serves breakfast and lunch all day along with tons of sweets and everything else you’d usually find in a bakery. It seems like a bakery and deli combined into one, which is what you get in a town of this size.
I note this with every bakery, but usually, they don’t have regular pasties. They simply use whatever flour mixture they have to put together a crust and then throw a few things into it. This crust is a puff pastry, which isn’t what I want from a pasty.
Hey, I like puff pastries. They’re good on their own. But they’re hard to get past in a pasty. This crust took away from the actual insides of the pasty because it was so thick. It took me a few bites around the edges to finally get to the meat and potatoes. Maybe it’s because this is a Dutch shop or because it’s a bakery. It doesn’t matter. I’m here to rate pasties. I’m not sold on a puff pastry crust for a pasty and that’s not going to change.
As a disclaimer, I had this pasty at around 3 p.m., so I think there’s a decent chance this was sitting under a heater for a few hours and I didn’t get the best one. The insides were kind of mushy because of that, and you can see it in the pictures.
Overall, the taste was decent. There was a good amount of meat and I liked the flavor, but that was only noticeable in bites in which I didn’t get a large portion of the crust. On its best day, these pasties are probably a couple points higher, but I only rate what I eat.
If you’re driving through around lunch time and are craving a pasty, I don’t think this is a terrible option, but it’s not something I’d seek out. Of course, I also always seek out sweets and Dutch Oven has plenty to choose from.
Taste: 3 (out of 5)
Crust: 2 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 3 (out of 5)
The Shop: 3 (out of 3)
Would I come back for Pasties?: 0 (out of 2)
Total Pasty Rating: 11 (of 20 points)
(Reviewed Summer 2021)