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Bake Goods

St. Athanasius creates fresh, traditional, homemade baked goods with authentic ingredients (like real butter, vanilla, whole milk, etc.) year-round – for special occasions (e.g. Christmas holidays), or just because they are so tasty. Nut Rolls, Poppy Seed Rolls, Kolachy (kolache), 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  (e.g. Christmas cookie trays, Christmas bread, etc.) If you see something you like that you want shipped certainly ask – we’ll see what we can do for you.

1/1/2018: Thanks to all our new and repeat customers for making 2017 a busy & productive year for the bakery. While potica rolls continue to be very popular (more than a thousand made last year) we’ve also seen a great demand for the 6 varieties of pirohi. In 2017 we pinched more pirohi than the sum of years 2011 thru 2015! We also increased our kolachy pastry production up to 14,899 (1,146 baker’s dozens – more than 95 dozen per month). And sales of biscotti, protein bars, wonderful waffles, and Christmas cookie trays exceeded the prior year. We’ve already pureed many pumpkins for our made-from-scratch pumpkin rolls and now have a few more to process this month. We are freezing lemon & orange zests now for the egg-rich Pascha breads to be made in March for Easter (April 1st, 2018, no kidding.) Last year we made 150 tubs of garlic dips and 169 tubs of our newly introduced beet hummus. While Christmas cookies took precedence in November and December, now were switching back to making the healthy and delicious dips & hummus made from our home-grown garlic. The bakers and other parishioners of St. Athanasius Byzantine Catholic Church are praying that everyone has a healthy, vibrant, and spiritually-filled New Year. If you are from out-of-town and Indianapolis, the “Crossroads of America”, is on your way through to another destination you are invited to visit us. If you’re living near central Indiana please come by to say hello. Everyone is welcome!

We always sell our baked goods out of the church location on the near south-west side of downtown Indianapolis. Just call ahead, 317-632-4157, to make sure we have your selection in stock. When picking-up at the church hall enter by the double doors facing the parking lot. The baked goods are sure to be a flavorful, traditional Eastern European and/or Italian dessert for you, your family and friends.

In addition to the internet we sell our baked goods at these markets:

Carmel Farmers Market Saturdays in the winter from October 21, 2017 until February 24, 2018 9 a.m. until noon. The summer market is Saturdays from May 2018 through the final week of September 2018. The summer market hours are 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. In 2017, for the first time, we served both potato-cheese pierogi and halusky (cabbage & egg noodles) at the Carmel market, heated and ready-to-eat. They are available at the Carmel Winter Market too.

Southport Farmers Market on Tuesdays May through September 2018 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Avon Farmers Market on Tuesdays June through September 2018 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Prices shown below include handling charges for shipment. Prices at the church hall and the farmers markets are lower.

Potica Half Rolls – $11.00 each (shown in the pictures below)

Potica 13-inch Roll – $19.00

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

Pumpkin Log with Cream Cheese filling. $19Pumpkin Log


Kolachy (kolache) $13.00 dozen.Kolachy


Biscotti (Cantuccini)

Six grande (large) – $12.00


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

Our Traditional Rolls are made with loving 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 baked with love 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 whole 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

Heard at the markets:
“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.”
“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.”

In 2017 our poppy seed roll and apricot kolachy were highlighted in a local newspaper article.

Mail & email comments from 7 states:
Your (Pascha) bread is absolutely delicious and brings back so many memories of my parents and grandparents. … J.H. from IN

We had a lot of great feedback on last year’s order so I am hoping that (this next order) will be as well received. … J.K. from MO

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


May 7, 2017 – We introduced potato-cheese pirohi heated on a griddle and halušky (cabbage & egg noodles) at the Carmel Farmers Market on 5/6/17. When people approached our booth #13 they could smell the aroma of sauteed onions and heated halušky. The mention of pirohi turned a lot of people’s heads who did a double-take and became customers of our hand-pinched pirohi, which is served with sauteed onions, sour cream and/or chives. A serving of pirohi or halušky is $3.00 or purchase a serving of each for $5.00. We received both 2 thumbs-up and raving reviews for offering unique and traditional ready-to-eat Polish or Eastern European gastronomic food. Thank you to our patrons for your enthusiastic approval.

October 2016 – At the October 4th market a new customer bought a single serving of pumpkin roll. We noticed her car never made it out of the parking lot. She drove back to the market and bought two whole pumpkin rolls. As we’ve told our customers, the pumpkin rolls are made of 10 authentic ingredients that most 2nd graders can pronounce – no preservatives or substitutions for real vanilla, butter, etc. We puree the pumpkins each fall season. No shortcuts and you can taste the difference.

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.


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