One of the most anticipated bakeries in the Austin area opens in Dripping Springs and the news is boosted by the local breadheads and pastry parameters.
Abby Jane Bakeshop, led by Austin pastry chef and veteran of the restaurant industry, Abby Jane Love, will officially open on January 21 at Fitzhugh Rd. 16604.
The new bakery shares a room with local grain supplier Barton Springs Mill, a pairing that was barely half-baked. Love – a veteran baker who cut her teeth at Qui, Vespaio, and Dai Due restaurants in Austin – befriended James Brown, owner of Barton Springs Mill, while working miracles at Dai Due in the Hope to build a more symbiotic eating relationship.
“Three years, a winding professional journey, and many cheeks later, I got James to hook my little bakery cart to his,” says Love on Abby Jane Bakeshop’s website. “Now his new, beautiful grinding plant includes a new, beautiful bakery where we work together to make delicious products from the most incredible flours that we are so proud of.”
In an all-too-familiar COVID saga of the biscuit crumbling, Love had to rethink its opening plans after the pandemic hit last year and choose to wrap the concept up as temporary pop-ups, which won the Abby Jane Bakeshop a loyal following from fans who long for a real store.
And the 2,500-square-foot pastry boutique, which includes a 9-foot window into BSM’s mill room, doesn’t disappoint. Love notes that working with traditional flours has changed the way she bakes. She focuses on making bread and pastries made from traditional grains grown in Texas.
Abby Jane Bakeshop offers a seasonally changing selection of breads, cookies, pastries and even wood-fired pizzas on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The highlights of the menu include scones filled with jam, layered cakes with citrus cream, sourdough filled with olives and seeds, whole grain pumpernickel and a buffalo and chickpea pizza with blue cheese dressing. Pastry lovers will definitely want to try Love’s take on the classic French Kouign-Amann, which she calls Queen P, as it’s rich in sweet pecan paste and nutty caramel.
Love’s local love extends to the drinks menu. The drinks menu features loose-leaf teas from The Steeping Room and SRSLY hot chocolate. Wild Gift Coffee is served in a fully stocked coffee bar. Alcoholic options (who doesn’t love beer and pastries?) Include Texas Keeper Cider and Lewis Wines on tap, as well as beer from Roughhouse Brewing, including its Sonoran Flour joke from BSM.
“I want AJB to be a place where you can indulge, like warm croissants and giant cinnamon rolls or a quick, light nibble on salad for lunch,” says Love. “It’s important for me to show that all of this can be done with the goodness that grows on our grain farms in Texas, and I think we’re doing a hell of a job.”
Abby Jane Bakeshop is open Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can order at the counter and then head to the outdoor picnic tables to mumble, as indoor dining is currently not available. In accordance with further COVID-19 precautionary measures, the bakery will limit the number of customers at the same time and offer online orders with contactless pick-up at the roadside.