If it's Saturday, then you'd best be getting to Three Danes Baking Company, a small, family-owned bakery tucked into a bed-and-breakfast on Fort Worth's Near Southside. Located inside Three Danes Inn Bed & Breakfast, it has some amazing-looking baked goods that come from recipes from the motherland.
The bakery was founded as a cottage business in 2014 by Darlene Marks and her Danish-born mom, Erna, to sell their authentic Danish pastries and cookies. In February, they subsequently established a storefront for the bakery at the B&B their family owns.
The "three Danes" are Erna, Darlene, and Darlene's sister Melissa. Darlene and her husband, Jim Johnson, opened the inn with her mom in the Maxwell-Liston House, a Texas Historic Landmark and Victorian-style home built in 1904 at 712 May St.
The inn has five rooms for rent, each with its own theme, such as the "hygge hideaway," a downstairs en suite bedroom with a chandelier, queen-size memory foam Murphy cabinet bed, and private entrance. Hygge is the trendy Danish concept meaning coziness or well-being.
"Adding the bakery is a great companion to the inn, because we can offer our guests a Continental breakfast with freshly baked offerings," Marks says.
If you want to get hungry, visit the bakery's Facebook photos page. There you'll see a gallery of gorgeous baked items, many unique to DFW, such as hindbærsnitter — aka raspberry-filled butter cookies.
There are turnovers, bundt cakes, glazed lemon bars, fruit-filled galettes, pecan squares, blueberry muffins, eclairs, marzipan bars, iced brownies, pumpkin and lemon cream pies, and kanel snegle, aka Danish cinnamon rolls.
They started with very limited retail hours: Saturday mornings from 8 am-noon. More recently, they've added Fridays and Sundays, although Marks recommends that people always check for updates.
"We're trying to coincide the bakery hours with when the inn is in operation," she says. "That's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But being a family business, our staff is very small. If we go out of town, we have to shut down. But we're here most weekends."
But Saturdays are the best day for a wide variety of options. "That's our biggest day," she says.
Obviously the thing for any dedicated baked-goods fan to do is stay at the B&B on Friday night and get a spot first in line at 8 am.
If you can't get to the storefront, they'll also take orders in advance for pickup, available Mondays and Fridays.