When it comes to Stella’s Bakery, people often fall into two camps. Those who live for hot and spicy cheese bread, and those who just haven’t tried it yet. It’s a 608 institution and a Dane County Farmers’ Market staple that’s been vending since 1988 — maybe you’ve seen the line around the block.
Home of the Original Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread — Stella’s is located at 2908 2908 Syene Rd. Aside from DCFM, you can also find these products at:
- Westside + Monona Farmers’ Markets
- Grocers like Willy Street Co-op, Metcalfe’s + Woodman’s
- Restaurants including Cafe Hollander, Nitty Gritty, and Short Stack Eatery
With the outdoor market season coming to a close, we checked in with the folks at Stella’s to chat one more time about their treats + get the scoop on what the team is enjoying right now.
Q: How many tries did it take to perfect the spicy cheese bread recipe?
A: The recipe has always been the same from the beginning, however, we sometimes tweak the process for efficiency.
Q: While you’re known for your spicy cheese bread, what’s one item on your menu you think is underrated or deserves more of the spotlight?
A: Our Cheese empanadas are not underrated by any means, however, they don’t have the attention and demand of the Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread. Our flatbread crackers are a new addition to our menu and it’s going to take some time to build momentum. They are unique, delicious, and versatile — great to eat by themselves or paired with a nice spread or dip. Once people try them, they are hooked.
Q: You’re a landmark at America’s largest producers-only farmers’ market. What are your go-to stops during Saturday on the Square?
A: Some of my favorites are spring flowers and plants and apples in the fall.
Let us know your favorite treat from Stella’s Bakery.