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July 13, 2014

Sharing her love of baking

OTTUMWA — The love of baking has turned into a personal ministry for one Ottumwa woman.

Suzanne Tanner is now making her delicacies out of her own kitchen, sharing her breads and sweets with the community.

Suzanne's Swiss Bakery held its open house Saturday, giving friends and curious lovers of bread, cookies and pie the opportunity to see, smell and taste what Switzerland has to offer.

"One person came and tried some items, bought some, then went home and told her sister," Tanner said. "Then the sister came and ordered. And now I have an order in for next Friday already."

Tanner, who moved to Ottumwa from Switzerland in 2008, uses authentic recipes from her homeland to share with southern Iowa. From cinnamon Zopf bread to the Swiss version of an apple pie, there are many different goodies to choose from.

"It's going to be about balance," she said. "How much do I make? How much should I bake? Once they taste them, they normally come back and want more."

It's also going to be a balancing act between work, home, baking and her personal ministry. Tanner and her husband, Mark, began New Heart Ministries International, which is based in Ottumwa. In addition, she will be working outside the home Monday through Thursday, then she'll spend Fridays baking.

Her faith and love of the Lord pair well with having a home-based business.

"I appreciated talking with people, and I was able to pray with some people," she said following the open house Saturday. "I want to combine bread baking with this ministry and see how the Lord wants to do this."

The best way to learn more about Tanner's baked goods and place orders for the upcoming weekend is to call her at 641-740-7391 or email

— Follow Laura Carrell on Twitter @CourierLauraC

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