New bakery channels German roots, recipes

From Herald Staff Reports

HUNTINGBURG — OfenHaus Bakery, 506 E. Fourth St., will mark its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday.

The full-service bakery offers doughnuts, turnovers, cupcakes, cookies, cake balls and cakes for birthdays, weddings or “just because,” along with other sweets, including German cakes, pastries and breads offered on a rotating basis.

The bakery is owned by Brian and Tyan Mullen and Florian and Steffi Schmueker of Jasper. The couples purchased the business, previously Meyer Sweet Treats, in July.

“We operated under the old name until we were able to fully develop our products,” Tyan said, adding that installing new store and window signs was key to initiating the name change. “With this being a German community, we wanted to tie that into our name. ”˜OfenHaus’ literally means ”˜Oven House.’”

More than the name ties the bakery to Germany. Florian is a native of Berlin who met his wife while studying at Forest Park High School as an exchange student. It is his family’s recipes that will be used to stock the bakery cases with German goodies like his grandmother’s strawberry, vanilla and lemon streusels and his mother’s German cheesecake made with Greek yogurt.

“We want people to come in and try something they might not be familiar with, something they may not have tasted before,” Florian said.

Tyan’s mother, Patricia Curles, serves as head baker and takes care of product development, while friend Liz Souder, an experienced cake decorator, assists with wedding cakes and other complex designs.

“The infrastructure was set up nicely for a bakery already,” Tyan said, adding that a coat of paint was the only change made to the building. “We had a strong desire to open a small business and saw an opportunity to expand and improve the model. Our market research showed that the area lacked a bakery offering fresh-made products daily and we wanted to fill that void. Huntingburg’s downtown also offers a great setting for a classic look and feel, similar to what one would expect to see 50 years ago.”

The bakery offers delivery and special packaging for large orders.

OfenHaus Bakery is open from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Sunday hours will be added later.

The phone number is 683-3223. The bakery’s email address is ofenhausbakery@frontier.com. The business also can be found on Facebook.

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