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It's early Saturday morning and there's a long queue in Central
Florida. Kids, millennials, 40-somethings and baby boomers
all wait patiently. However, they're not waiting for the gates to
swing open at Disney World. They're waiting for the doors to
open at Born & Bread Bakehouse. They're waiting for cruffins,
croissants, artisan breads, pastries and other assorted sweet
goods. They're waiting to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Smurr
and her team crafting excellence.
A Lakelander, lover of all things food and owner of Born &
Bread Bakehouse, Jenn bakes honest breads, uses the word
quality with emotion and believes in community, because bread
is better broken together. Since starting her bakery at the end
of 2015, Born and Bread Bakehouse has established a reputation for quality and excellence in breads and pastries.
Jennifer's Favorite Honey Varietal: Palmetto
As a native Floridian, Jennifer loves this varietal derived from
palmetto trees in Florida and South Carolina. These short palm
trees bloom April through July and are a good source of nectar
for honey bees.



With more than 300 varietals available in the United States,

"It's rich and caramel like. The flavor is strong and pairs well with

and 3,000 available worldwide, honey allows artisan bread

many breads and pastries and the color is a medium amber." 

bakers and pastry chefs to use honey both as a sweetener
and to impart specific flavor profiles based on the varietal

What is your favorite product you make using palmetto honey?

of honey used.

"One of our customer favorites is the Milk & Honey cruffin. It's
filled with a vanilla bean cream and drizzled with our house

Each varietal of honey has its own unique flavor, color

made honey syrup. The syrup is infused with lemon and

and aroma, all dependent on where honey bees forage for

cardamom. Ooooooof!"

nectar. If you put a hive of honey bees near a field of buckwheat, you'll get buckwheat honey. Place a hive in a citrus

"There is something unexplainably nostalgic in this flavor

grove and you'll get orange blossom honey.

sweetness of the pastry cream. We rely more on the natural

This diverse range of honeys gives bakers the ability to

sugar in the syrup than cream, leaving you ultimately wanting

express their local terroir through recipe development, or

more after your last bite. For me, leaving a person satisfied, but

provide a unique flavor component to complement the

not overwhelmed is important. Balance."

overall taste of a sweet pastry or hearty loaf.

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combo. Unlike what you may think, the honey balances the

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