Fabrique Bakery in Stockholm is one of my favorite places, anywhere. So discovering its pastoral mothership in a remote corner of Gotland just minutes from our vacation home was a happy bit of serendipity to say the least.
Rute Stenugnsbageri is small bakery with a great big wood-burning stone oven that turns out loaves with a perfectly charred crust, just the way I like it. The flour in the bread and meat in the sandwiches is delivered directly from farmers in the surrounding area.
It's lovely, especially with the golden evening sun reflecting off of the aged limestone building and flooding across the garden and picnic tables.
Enjoying a sweet treat here (or loaf of bread, or pizza in the evenings) comes with a wonderful sense of fleetingness that forces you to appreciate the moment of beauty during that precious blink of an eye you're in it.
Rute Stenugnsbageri after all, is only open in the summer while warmer winds prevail. This is because of the unique character of the stone oven. Every night the wood oven is filled with 50 kg of birch wood and heated all night. By morning the oven has reached its highest temperature and baking begins. Throughout the day the temperature will drop, setting the order and pace of what can be produced that day. Evening comes and cools the oven, and the whole process begins again, day after day until autumn blows in and it gets too cold.