Hispanic Heritage: Local bakery makes delicious desserts and traditional dishes

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CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the beauties of Hispanic culture is all the traditional foods and desserts that come with it. Here in the valley is a bakery that serves many of these desserts made from scratch.

“We specialize in pastries, Puerto Rican desserts, cakes, daily baked fresh bread and our sandwiches,†said Jeremy Morales, owner of Papa’s Bakery and Sandwiches.

Papa’s Bakery and Sandwiches is located on McCartney Road in Campbell. It’s been around for three years, but the family has owned Puerto Rican restaurants for decades, like Papa’s Puerto Rican Cuisine, located in Campbell on 12th Street.

Now Morales owns and runs the bakery he opened with his mother before his retirement.

“We have his recipes and everything. We’ve kind of brought our two minds together with the new era, â€Morales said.

Morales says they serve many different desserts and traditional foods that can be found in all Hispanic cultures. For him, these foods have been part of his life since childhood.

“It’s just a normal thing for us, you know. Growing up eating flan, buddin, which is bread pudding, tres leches, pan sobao, which is soft and sweet bread … Pan de agua, which is water bread … Growing up, these breads, c is nostalgia. Nostalgic to eat this type of food and it’s part of who we are, â€he said.

Morales says bread is one of their biggest sellers, and it’s fresh every day. His family actually traveled to Puerto Rico to learn how to do it in an authentic way. They sell bread in loaves, rolls and sandwiches.

“We have the Rican, we have the Cuban, and we have the Tripleta, which are, I would say, traditional Hispanic sandwiches,†he said.

Another big seller is the pastelillos, which are usually made with ground beef, but they offer it with different ingredients inside. Morales says they have a large Hispanic demographics in the area, but people from many walks of life come daily.

The bakery is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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