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Bake Goods

St. Athanasius creates fresh, homemade baked goods year-round – for special occasions, or just because they are so tasty. Nut Rolls, Poppy Seed Rolls (and many fruit-filled flavors), Kolachy, Biscotti and Pumpkin Log are all available online for you to buy. We’ve made it simple: Click on a button to order and when you’re through ordering, just checkout. Note that we do have other items for sale at the church hall and local markets that we don’t ship at this time. If you see something you like that you want shipped certainly ask – we’ll see what we can do for you.

2015 Christmas cookies large tray12/21/15: Our cookie trays this year include: Mexican wedding cakes, peanut butter blossoms, pizzelles, kolachy, ginger cookies, decorated sugar cookies, decorated chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, chocolate-dipped apricots, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate carmel buttons topped with either pecan, walnut, M&M chocolate or M&M mints. We’re still making decorated corn flake wreaths and a few other varieties. The 6 dozen tray is $20 and the 10 dozen tray is $30. Our other baked goods items & pierogies are available while the supply lasts. Please call 317-632-4157 before coming to the church hall so we can anticipate your arrival and build more cookie trays if necessary. Also consider coming Christmas eve (Dec. 24)for Holy Supper (velija or Stedry Vecer which will include: wine, pirohi, haluski, bobalki, pagach, mushroom soup, salmon, shrimp cocktail, garlic, honey, Christmas bread, potica) at 6 p.m. and followed by Great Compline of Christmas service at 8 p.m. Christmas services on Friday, Dec. 25 will be held at 9 a.m. Festal Morning Prayer and 10 a.m. Festal Divine Liturgy. Remember that Jesus Christ our Savior is the reason for the season!

12/2/15: We can tell that it’s the holiday season. In the last week we received orders going to the states: FL, IL, KS, MD, MI, MO, PA, TN and WA. We will be baking Thursday & Friday to fill some of theses orders and to prepare for the Carmel Winter Market this Saturday and taking some to Whiting, IN for the Midwest St. Nicholas Day Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 6. And people are calling the church to come by and pick up their favorites. Thank you for you patronage. Come on down to St. Athanasius.

11/23/15: The baked goods are still being sold at the church (Monday thru Wednesday this week) and Carmel Winter Market (Saturdays thru March 5, 2016.) This past weekend we ran out of many items at the Guerin Catholic Christmas Bazaar in Noblesville, Greenwood’s 2015 Craft and Gift Show and the Carmel Winter Market.  Thank you to all our patrons and volunteer help. Today we’re pinching pierogies so we’ll have a new supply of most of our varieties on Tuesday and Wednesday. Call ahead (317-632-4157) to make sure we have your selection in stock. We still have potica rolls, kolachy, herb bread, pumpkin rolls (a few made with Spenda or Stevia in addition to the standard ones made with sugar), biscotti, etc. available too. We baked Monday through Friday last week so we can meet our customers expectations for Thanksgiving. We plan to make some Christmas cookies starting next week. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday with your family!

10/18/15: We ran out of Wonderful Waffles and another half dozen other items at Market at Hague. Pumpkin rolls, kolachy and pirohi (6 varieties) are big sellers. We started selling very healthy protein bars made from all natural ingredients (e.g. raw almonds, local raw honey, almond butter, quinoa, chia seed, flax seed meal, flavored with cinnamon and cardamon, etc.) They’re vegan. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, it will be the final market this season for the Beech Grove Emporium Farmers Market. So come on out to stock up on our baked goods for your family celebrations like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are still 2 more Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31 at the Market at Hague. After that all the sales will be indoors either at the parish hall (including our very own Fall Festival including Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, Oct. 30) or a few craft fairs in November. Oh, and the Carmel Winter Market starting November 14th.

Variety of baked goods

In this picture I spy pizzelles, potica, biscotti, pascha and kolachy. The clipboard & paper would be too much fiber so I’ll just eat everything else that was baked ;-)

Prices shown below include handling charges for shipment. Prices at local venues are lower.

Potica Half Rolls – $10.00 each (shown in the pictures below)

Potica 13-inch Roll – $18.00

flavors 5-6″ Half – Roll 12-13″ Full Roll
NUT (walnut)Nut Roll halves
POPPYPoppy Seed halves
APRICOTApricot Roll half
APPLE-CINNAMONApple Cinnamon Roll half
CHERRYCherry & Cherry-cream cheese roll halves

Pumpkin Log with Cream Cheese filling. $15Pumpkin Log


Kolachy $12.50 dozen.Kolachy


Biscotti (Cantuccini)

Six grande (large) – $11.50


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We always sell our baked goods out of the church location on the near south-west side of downtown Indianapolis. Just call ahead to make sure we have your selection in stock.

Come early to snatch the best selection to take home. Please call 317-632-4157 to schedule a pick-up at the church. The baked goods are sure to be a flavorful, traditional Eastern European and/or Italian dessert for you, your family and friends.

How many rolls did we make in 2011  through 2013? As of 1/1/2014 the counts are:

2013    2012     2011

1,296    1,351   1,175 potica rolls

631           186          55 breads – herbal (rosemary & garlic), pascha

2,435   1,932   1,016 biscotti

12,147 6,243   4,145 kolachy (1 customer buys 10 dozen at a time.)

321            231       183 pumpkin logs (You don’t have to wait until the fall. We freeze our pumpkin puree and use it throughout the year.)

1,234    1,207   1,118 pizzelles

1,158             0            0 wonderful waffles (Only 100 calories. Made from oats, not wheat. We use stevia and honey, not sugar.)

2,380      242       258 Slovak pirohi (Polish pierogies, W. Ukraine pyrohy, E. Ukraine verenyky)

5,547      4,326        ?  Christmas cookies

(a.k.a. potica, povitica, Orechovnik, Orevnitza, Orehnjaca, Makoweic, Kaláč, Kolachki, Beigli, Strudla – just to name a few)

Our Traditional Rolls are made with care. They consist of a sweet bread dough (“the dough is so good”) which is rolled around various delicious fillings. Each full roll is 12-14 inches in length. The nut roll weights in at 18 ounces (1.5 lbs.) or more.  Our premium quality rolls are very reasonably priced. Each roll is wrapped and then bagged by hand to lock in the freshness and wonderful flavor. You can keep them in the freezer for many months.
We make the scrumptious dough and walnut, poppy seed, apricot and lekvar (prune butter) fillings from scratch with all natural ingredients. For example, we finely grind whole poppy seeds and make our popular poppy filling with milk, butter, lemon zest, honey and sugar. We don’t take short cuts like those who buy canned “poppy butter” made with corn starch and strange preservatives. The only preservative we add to these fillings is natural honey.

We’ve bought some of our walnuts from Haag Family Farm in Esparto, CA so you can be sure the walnuts in our filling are fresh and healthy.

(Here’s a story on how a family in California used to gather walnuts for their rolls.)


Customer Testimonials

2014 market:
“The biscotti is the best on the planet!”
“The poppy seed roll and kolachy are the best.”
“You have a ringing endorsement from me for your Wonderful waffles. I was so happy Saturday.”

2013 market comments:
“This (Pascha bread) is fabulous!”
“Your rolls are great. Nut and apricot are our favorites.”
“This (raspberry roll) is really good.”
“My husband thoroughly enjoyed the pizzelles during Christmas.”
“We always enjoy your good stuff.”
“These (kolachy) are very good.”
“The kolachy didn’t make it out of the parking lot last week. We ate the whole dozen.”
“The kolachy last week were terrific. I need 2 dozen this week.”
“Those were the BEST pirohy I’ve ever had.”
“The nut and apricot rolls are excellent.”

Mail & email comments from 7 states:

Those (potica rolls) were some of the best my family has ever had, very happy Slovaks here!  … M.T. from IN

Today I brought in some of the biscotti to give to the three ladies and one man (the chef) who prepare the meals for school. I just went back for lunch and they were raving about your biscotti. The chef, Al, said your biscotti were superior to ones he has gotten from specialty stores. He and the other lady said you should consider selling them on QVC.   … M.D. from PA

Everyone loved them. David, our youngest son who lived in Slovakia for four years, said they were just like the rolls you get in Slovakia. Mary, our only daughter, shared them with her in-laws. Mother-in-law Carol (Slovak) said she especially liked the prune roll. She told Mary it was the best “Lekvar Roll” she ever tasted.  … P.S. from AZ

Our whole family loves the nut rolls.  We first found you at the Binford Farmers Market and went every Saturday to buy a nut roll for the week. Looking forward to receiving this order and I am sure we will be ordering many times during the years to come.  … J.M. from FL

Thank you for the delicious poppy seed & nut rolls. The only discord from my family was why I didn’t order more!  It is Awesome! Actually my family considers itself poppy seed connoisseurs & this rates as the best poppy seed ever!  … A.T. from OH

Our church sells nut rolls but we like yours better.  … T.K. from VA

The whole family loves the pumpkin rolls. … J.D. from NJ

Bring the herb bread, in addition to the pumpkin rolls, every time you come back east. … M.D. from NJ


1/19/15: Happy New Year! Our parish and baking volunteers want to thank our customers for their patronage in 2014 and the twenty something years before that! This will be our 16th year at the Carmel Farmers Market. We appreciate your confidence in our products. If you have any comments feel free to post them on this  page, email us or call 317-632-4157. Like you, we are looking forward to 2015. Our baking has stretched from a single day every 2 to 3 weeks in 2008 to its current 3 days every week in 2015. It’s still a volunteer effort with parishioners, neighbors, and other parishes’ members helping us out. If you’d like to volunteer for even a partial day please give us a call. Thank God for all the wonderful talent he has provided. May God grant you and us a healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year!

10/22/14: Cooler weather and fall are here. Pumpkin rolls are selling lot hot cakes – most likely because we bake ours with original ingredients and everyone loves real cream cheese filling. Sorry no canned pumpkin here – our pumpkin rolls are made from scratch. We laboriously wash, cut, de-seed, cook, skin and puree pumpkins from this past fall season. We made enough puree for 81 pumpkin rolls and have another dozen large pumpkins to cook for plenty more pumpkin rolls. Unlike the grocery store version that contain about 25-30 ingredients in their pumpkin rolls, we use only 10 ingredients and nothing artificial. If you are a mother, grandmother, etc. then we encourage you to show your little ones how to start with a pumpkin and end up with pumpkin roll, pumpkin pie, and so on. They need to learn how to prepare their own food. But if you want to save the mess and time then buy our delicious pumpkin roll. We do all the work and you get to enjoy the fruits of our labor without the mess.

6/24/14: The latest addition to our unique selection of products at the markets is the garlic scape cream cheese dip. (Garlic scapes are the seed head to the hard-neck garlic plant.) First we make garlic scape pesto from garlic scapes, extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice & zest, salt, and pepper. To the garlic scape pesto we add cream cheese, more extra virgin olive oil & Parmesan cheese and radishes. Thus far comments we’ve received: “It’s awesome!” and “That is so good.” We serve the dip with carrot or celery sticks or pita chips. This healthy snack will be in limited supply for a couple more weeks since the garlic season for 2014 is now over. (The last of the garlic scapes were picked 6/23/14.) Come to the markets or church to pick up this “to-die-for” cream cheese dip before it’s all gone. Fresh garlic bulbs will be available starting next week.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. monica permalink
    July 13, 2013 5:07 pm

    This is the first time I’ve had your biscotti. I bought them at the Carmel Farmer’s Market–from Paul–“Hi Paul”–and they are absolutely divine!! Whoever made them… you have been blessed with the gift of measuring, stirring, and baking to perfection. I am Italian (first generation), and will attest to their perfection! I look forward to the next batch.

  2. July 16, 2013 10:03 am

    Thank you for your comments. The bakers are overjoyed that you liked the biscotti so much. We’ve got a few people with Italian heritage as well as Slovak, Ukrainian, German, Polish, Austrian, just to name a few.

  3. Whitney Hart permalink
    July 20, 2013 9:53 am

    I am absolutley in love with the wonderful waffles. Do you ever hire, or do you fuction with the help of volunteers? Either way, I would be interested in working with you all in some capacity. Let me know your thoughts.
    Whitney Hart

  4. July 28, 2013 3:00 pm

    Thank you, Whitney, for your feedback. We’re so glad that you like the yummy, as well as healthy, waffles. All the baked goods we sell from the church are made in the commercially-certified kitchen in St. Mary’s Hall just north of the church. It is entirely a volunteer effort. Last week’s volunteers Belinda, Al, Mike, Susan, Tory, Amanda and Richard made the baked goods sold at Binford and Carmel Farmers Markets. We had our biggest single day sale in July this past Saturday. This upcoming Wednesday, July 31, I plan to attend the Greenwood Farmers market from 2:30-5 p.m.
    We plan to be making more Wonderful Waffles sometime this week. (Some from the freezer are going to Houston, TX on Tuesday and some were hand-delivered to Philadelphia & Pittsburgh last week.) Other items like prosphora (Communion bread), potica rolls, biscotti, kolachy, herbal bread and pizzelles are on the to-bake list this week. Our “official” bake day is Thursday August 1 but we’re likely to be baking more than a single day. Call the rectory at 317-632-4157 and let us know if you’d like to volunteer to bake, package and/or sell. We encourage all interested people, whether experienced or novice cooks/bakers, to come and help. All proceeds go to the church. God bless you! … John D.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    September 30, 2013 7:57 am

    Absolutely LOVE the pumpkin roll and wonderful waffles! YUM!

  6. Anonymous permalink
    August 25, 2014 9:02 pm

    Love the wonderful pasteries….look forward to eating them during the holidays. The Kolachy don’t make it out of the car…I bring my coffee with me. Keep up the good work, John and all those that help! Romona Camarata, Indianapolis, IN

  7. Karen permalink
    July 29, 2015 6:46 am

    I heard the waffles are wonderful but don’t see them on your site. Are these available for purchase on the site?

  8. October 19, 2015 9:16 am

    Hi Karen,
    We have been making Wonderful Waffles for the past 3 years. We’ve made over a thousand this year alone. They are low-glycemic, high is fiber & protein and only 100 calories per regular-size waffle. We use oats instead of wheat and have other good ingredients like chia seed. They are very filling for only 100 calories. Some customers tell us they only eat a portion of a single waffle at a time. So they’re great for those watching their weight.

    Because we don’t use any preservatives we don’t typically ship them in the mail. The cold packs make the shipping cost-prohibitive. Therefore we sell them at the church and local markets (i.e. Beech Grove, Carmel, Hague, Southport Farmers markets and some craft fairs in November-December) where we can better monitor them. This way they are very healthy because they are typically freshly-made and occasionally frozen. Right now we sold out of them Saturday and we’ll be making more Tuesday to take to the final Beech Grove Emporium Farmers Market on October 20th, 2015.

    I’d suggest emailing the church with an order and arrange to pick them up at the church or one of the venues we go to. Our Fall Festival with Trunk-or-Treat on October 30th, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. would be another great time to pick them up.

    Thanks for your inquiry.


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