Prairie Thunder Baking Co

Wanted to give a shout out to my good friend John McBryde and his Oklahoma City bakery.  He’s a Texas and San Antonio transplant in OKC. John and I were running buddies at Trinity University in SA along with his wife Marla, his brother Mark and Mark’s wife Barbara. John’s brother along with their parents Oliver and Betty all live here in San Antonio.  

Inside Prairie Thunder Bakery early one morning.  Some neighbors in the background enjoying the early morning time to visit.

Inside Prairie Thunder Bakery early one morning. Some neighbors in the background enjoying the early morning time to visit.

Prairie Thunder is located in the Historic Plaza Court building located in Mid-Town.  It’s a lot like our King William or Monte Vista areas. John bakes some of the best Artisan Breads and Pastries I have ever eaten. I remember him baking bread at Trinity.  What started out as his hobby has become his passion and a new career in Prairie Thunder Bakery. Always great when a dream becomes reality!! 

I was in OKC recently on a shoot and got to see him and the bakery even though only briefly.  Had the best Cheese Danish I can remember in forever.  So here some photos of him and his bakery.  If in OKC stop in and enjoy a pastry or a bite for lunch.  You won’t be disappointed.  

John designed the Art Deco interior to go with the Plaza Court history.  He built all the woodwork in the bakery and the light fixtures. Has such a nice feel as a place to just relax with coffee.

John designed the Art Deco interior to go with the Plaza Court history. He built all the woodwork in the bakery and the light fixtures. Has such a nice feel as a place to just relax with coffee.

 

What can you say?  Just some of the goodies!

What can you say? Just some of the goodies!

 

John has this amazing French deck oven. It weighs 18,000 pounds and heats up to 430 degrees! The decks are heated from below and above with steam. He starts baking early around 4 am to get ready for his customers.

John has this amazing French deck oven. It weighs 18,000 pounds and heats up to 430 degrees! The decks are heated from below and above with steam. He starts baking early around 4 am to get ready for his customers.

 

Fresh out of the oven and cooling.

Fresh out of the oven and cooling.

The variety of breads was great!

The variety of breads was great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was such a delight being there that morning.  We found John and his staff just enjoying themselves, having fun baking breads and preparing foods for lunch. So nice to be in a neighborhood shop with a lot of wonderful people enjoying the morning together. The energy was terrific!  Met friends and neighbors who were coming in to pick-up something or just say hi.  Reminded us of the era past in Plaza Court!  

Here’s the website   Prairie Thunder Baking Co.     If you stop in sometime, please give John a big hi from me!