n a small farm in the community of St. John near Schulenburg, Texas, Clarence and Evelynn Besetsny raised six children—as well as cows, chickens, and pigs—and started a now famous business in the small kitchen of their home. Evelyns’s Czechoslovakian heritage and Clarence’s German roots provided the perfect nucleus of delicious pastries and a driving work ethic that prospered into what is now the Kountry Bakery. With Czech pastry and kolache recipes passed on to Evelynn from her mother, and experience cooking with her mother and for Clarence and the kids, Evelynn began baking and selling her pastries to friends, relatives and neighbors. With four daughters and two sons as helpers, Clarence and Evelynn soon realized that could build a business that would support the family for years to come.
        The baked goods were made from scratch by hand and the whole family had a part in the process. The kids would milk the cows and use the milk to make cream, butter, cheese, cream cheese and cottage cheese, and all were made by hand. Their chickens happily provided farm fresh eggs, because you can’t have pastries without eggs. In exchange, Evelynn would give the chickens tasty morsels of day old pastries. These fresh ingredients were used to make the highest quality pastries and kolaches with an absolutely distinct flavor. Clarence and the boys would make pork sausage by hand for home made sausage rolls, better known as “pigs in the blanket”, and are considered to be as good a “pig” to be found anywhere. Their determination, hard work and uncompromising quality led to the creation of Kountry Bakery.
        In the year 1979, they decided to open their first bakery on Highway 77 in Schulenburg, Texas. With careful planning and patience, the bakery has become a Central Texas tradition, serving customers locally and from all parts of the state. In 1985, a second bakery was opened in Hallettsville, Texas. Both are thriving, social gathering places for the local communities, where friends and neighbors can find each other on any given day.

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