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Prairie Queen Bakery built on success

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf
Agri News

Date Modified: 03/20/2013 9:07 AM

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SHELDON, Iowa — Success in baking and decorating cakes led Amy Strouth to want her own bakery. Eight years ago, she purchased the Prairie Queen Bakery in Sheldon.

"It was a rustic old building, with plenty of charm," said Strouth. "My plan was to restore it, but I soon found out poor electrical wiring along with other major problems made that not feasible."

So when a contractor made plans for building a new shopping complex he made an offer to purchase the bakery building. In May 2010, the bakery moved into the building called Prairie Queen Court.

Sheldon once had a flour mill called Prairie Queen, and with flour a main ingredient in bread it just seemed natural to retain the name.

Prairie Queen is much more than a full-service bakery. Simple homemade food is prepared without preservatives. Sandwiches are extra special, because the bread is made right there at the bakery.

Multi-grain, high fiber, white and wheat are featured breads. The whole wheat bread is made with white wheat. It has a different taste, texture and color than traditional whole wheat breads.

Prairie Queen offers evening meals on Monday nights.

Strouth gets help from her husband, Doug, and sons Anthony, Lucas and Cole. Her mother provides help and counsel. Many of the recipes used come from her mother and grandmothers. Her mother's potato salad has a reputation all its own.

"Birthday cakes have a special meaning for me," said Strouth. "My family was poor, yet my mother and grandmother did all they could to make our birthday's special. I wanted to make sure that every child and adult could have a special moment on their birthday. I can help busy moms with that for their children and quite often I get to see the looks on the faces of the children when they pick up the cake."

Wedding cakes are popular. Catering has also been added.