A Little History
Orange Blossom Bakery & Café is truly an institution on
Hatteras Island. Originally built by Walter Barnett as the Orange Blossom
Motel in the 1950s, the name comes from orange trees that were located
on the property. The Barnetts owned and operated the motel at that time, and as we
told one of their granddaughters who paid us a visit in 2006, Mr.
Barnett still keeps an eye on the place – we have had several
“encounters” with things moving around!
Members of the Barnett family, in the orange grove, circa 1950.
Doris and Allan Oakham and Lillian Hundley,
Barnett passed away, the motel was converted to a bakery by Doris and
Allan Oakham and Lillian Hundley. Doris loved serving all sorts of
different cakes and pies and their love for the Orange Blossom still
flourishes, as they make trips to the bakery to keep an eye on us!
same is true for Henry Schliff, who bought the bakery in 1991 with his
wife Michal. Henry and Michal made some major conversions, and
added the café to the bakery, hence our name of the Orange Blossom
Bakery & Café! Fifteen years later, the Stacks bought the
bakery from Henry and made additional improvements.
Stacy Stacks, Henry Schliff and Tab Stacks, 2006.
Those famous Apple Uglies!
|Even when we
close in the winter, the fragrance of those Apple Uglies stays around
until we re-open! This is definitely the Orange Blossom’s signature
item – and everyone who works there knows when someone is searching for
the word. Folks have been told about the Uglies and then come down to
Buxton to the bakery and ask for “those things that you make that our
Aunt Helen said we had to have” or “My father used to come here and
said I had to get him some Uglies – but that can’t be right”. The
history of the Apple Ugly is a wonderful accident – a visiting baker
showed the Oakhams how to take the leftover donut dough and mix in some
apples and create a fritter. But the name Ugly has many different
people who claim it as there own – and it’s a natural. When you see
one in person, you’ll agree that the really are the most ugly baked
good you’ve ever seen – and probably the best tasting one as well!
an increased nod to better diets, we also serve a baked Apple Ugly
(meaning that it isn’t fried), and many who have tried that insist it’s
better than the fried versions, but we can tell you that the lines out
the door in the summer are for people clamoring for a bag of the good
ol’ fried ones. We joked for months about putting chocolate on an Ugly
– because no one could imagine any more calories on it, and one day we
did. That gave birth to the Chocolate Ugly – or as we call them
“Krupas”. Those turned out to be very popular as well, so now they are
a part of the Ugly Family! The name comes from the Polish word for
“turd” (kupa) – which is really what these look like – and where can
you go, order an Ugly and a Turd, and absolutely be in heaven?