About 45 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee is the quiet town of Clarksville. Flanked by Fort Campbell to the north, Clarksville is a suburban community with rolling green lawns, picturesque golf courses, and even a complex system of caves underground.
It may surprise visitors to know that tucked away in a semi-industrial area sits a bakery whose breads rival the best bakeries in Europe. Silke’s Old Word Breads is a treat, and each time we visit our friends Marco and Petra in Clarksville, we stock up on dense German bread for belegtes brot. Belegtes brot translates to buttered bread, which is often served topped by slices of lunch meats, salami and cheese, or slathered with marmalade. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts, and it’s one I serve often.
At Silke’s, “the tradition of hand shaped, made from scratch breads, pastries and freshly prepared food is still alive,” their website explains. When entering the bakery, visitors are enticed by wooden racks of beautiful breads with crust that promises crunch and texture. A small deli counter offers all the essentials for making belegtes brot, along with landjäger sausages perfect for snacking.
The bakery is family owned. Adjacent to the bakery and delicatessen is a bustling cafe, where locals flock for full meals and decadent slices of German sweet cakes.
Silke’s also offers fresh breads, shipped right to your door. Browse the menu and order online. Even if you don’t live within driving distance you can still enjoy the authentic taste of Silke’s breads – they freeze beautifully and slices retain their taste and texture when toasted.
If you’re looking for authentic German dark breads, Silke’s is definitely worth a taste.
1214 College Street, Clarksville, TN