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In search of the ever elusive Butter Braid®

Granted, in the bigger scheme of things, trying to discover where a Butter Braid®* can be purchased is not considered a dilemma of great import. That is unless you’ve previously bought a Butter Braid®, and eaten a Butter Braid®, after which you developed in insatiable craving for the next Butter Braid®. Guilty, as charged.

The first thing you need to know is that you can only purchase a Butter Braid® from someone who is selling the product for a fund-raiser. That’s right, you will not find a Butter Braid® for sale in any store. That’s what makes finding them challenging! I got hooked a few years ago when a young member of my congregation was selling them for a school fund-raiser. This spring I purchased two that were being sold by a preschool. Both of those Butter Braids® were consumed for breakfast by the six of us who worked on opening the cabin for the first time this year. From where, oh where, would the next Butter Braid® come?

Glad you asked. I was driving through Hackensack early this summer, on my way to the cabin for a long weekend. I almost swerved off the pavement when I saw the sign that St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has by the side of the road. What caught my eye was the line that read, “Butter Braids® available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.” Never mind that it was Saturday, I would be coming back through town on Tuesday.

I almost swerved off the pavement when I saw the sign that St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has by the side of the road. What caught my eye was the line that read, “Butter Braids® available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.”

And that’s how I happen to currently have two Butter Braids® in my freezer. And I’ll be making regular trips through Hackensack until fall. This may not have been the most conventional way in which I’ve been surprised by grace, but it definitely has been the most delicious. Oooooooo, it’s going to be a good summer.

* A 22-ounce frozen, braided, pastry dough, available with a variety of fillings, including apple, cinnamon, and strawberry/cream cheese. The yeasted dough, with the filling laid on top of it, is hand-braided, and layered with 100 percent butter, at the production company. The finished product is then frozen and packaged for sale. After the dough is allowed to thaw and rise for 8-12 hours, the Butter Braid® is baked for 27 minutes. The icing that is provided in a packet with each Butter Braid® is drizzled over the top.

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