Category Archives: Bakery

Sweet Sin Bakery!

My Mom is the reason why I inherited such great baking skills. At work she is the “go-to-baker” and her co-workers always count on her to make delicious cakes for office birthdays. She is always looking for new recipes to try out, but her most famous desserts include, Crumb Cake and Raspberry Squares (both of which I have converted to make GF/DF!)

My mom is also Italian. She comforts people with food, welcomes people with food, and celebrates with food. There is something with the sharing of food that brings people together. This is where we are different. I love to bake and cook, but don’t find comfort in food. My relationship with food has gotten a lot better over the past few years, but I still just look at food as the thing that fuels me, as my medicine to keep me healthy. (This is not to say I don’t celebrate with or enjoy a few sweets on an occasional basis, it is just the way I look at food.)

As you know two weeks ago I celebrated my blogiversary. It was a special day, and I wanted to do something special to celebrate it. I had plans to try out a new recipe from a new cookbook, but this quickly changed when I got sick, and then got glutened by the medicine. My mom being the mother she is, felt terrible. I was up at school all alone, and she wasn’t there to take care of me. I told her, I was OK, and there was nothing she could do ( I literally was sleeping all the time). However, no matter how old I get, when I’m sick all I want is my mom!

My brother had a swim meet down in DC, so on there way to the meet my parents stopped at Sweet Sin Bakery. I had never heard of this bakery before (leave it up to my mom and google to find a GF bakery!) My parents picked-up some goodies for me, and my mom posted an adorable video on my Facebook wall that made me smile and laugh, hoping that this would cheer me up!

Sweet Sin Bakery is a gluten-free bakery that offers a wide variety of products, many of which are dairy, casein and soy-free as well. My parents got me, muffins, cookies and two cupcakes. After being “glutened” the last thing I wanted to eat was sweets, so I froze everything except the cupcakes (I didn’t think frosting would freeze well). I was finally feeling better later last week, and was able to enjoy a cupcake. My friend and I split each cupcake. I wanted to try both, but there was no way I could eat two. They were both great, and both my friend and I gave it our approval!

The other day I also tried the blueberry muffins. These too were very good. I definitely could taste the lentil flour in the muffins, but I did not mind it at all. This made them different from any GF/DF muffin I have had, and I enjoyed it. The muffins defrosted well and weren’t dense like many GF muffins, light and airy! I always like to have something on hand, so I  kept the Snickerdoodles stored in the freezer. I can’t wait to try them.

Sweet Sins Bakery is actually in the process of changing their name! “Like” them on Facebook, provide them a suggestion, and if they choose your name, you will get 1 dozen cupcakes and dinner for two! Sweet Sins Bakery is located at 127 West 27th Street, Baltimore, MD. To learn more about this bakery visit their website!

Thanks Mom and Dad for the delicious treats and for alway seeking out new GF options!! 

 

A Magical Bakery: BabycakesNYC @ Downtown Disney!

One of the places I was most excited to visit on our trip to Orlando was Babycakes NYC! Their newest location is now open in Downtown Disney! I have been to the NYC location, and own both of their cookbooks. Needless to say I think their gluten-free treats are amazing!

In addition to being gluten-free Babycakes is casein, wheat, soy, and refined sugar free, and is a kosher and vegan bakery. I was beyond excited to see Babycakes new store front sign. My mom said, a smile instantly appeared on my face when I entered the bakery!

The first night I visited the bakery I got a banana loaf slice. The following night I bought a cinnamon sugar donut, chocolate chip cookies, a pumpkin loaf slice and, a blueberry toastie. I may of went a little over board, but it was nice to be able to enjoy their treats throughout the week. All were delicious!

Babycakes is located in the same building as Pollo Campero (park by the T-Rex Family Adventure). The bakery is a great new addition to Disney, and adds to the magical experience for us with food intolerances and allergies. To learn more about BabycakesNYC visit their website, and be sure to Find Babycakes NYC @DTD on Facebook and Twitter!

Pizza Night at Wild Flours Bakeshop!

One thing that I have started to miss is going out for pizza with my family. Because I eat both dairy and gluten free whenever I want to enjoy pizza I have to make it. While I don’t mind this all the time, there are just sometimes where I’m just “too tired” and want to be able to enjoy a fresh pizza (which is not made by myself).

Well my wish was answered when Wild Flours Bakeshop started their pizza night two weekends ago. Note: currently Wild Flours only makes pizza on Saturday.They currently have three varieties, regular mozzarella cheese, goat cheese and rice cheese (dairy free). My family visited the bakery this past weekend, and ordered 3 pies. Two with regular cheese for my parents and brother and one dairy free for “yours truly”!

OMG is all I have to say this pizza was amazing and was 10x better then any dairy free/ gluten free pizza I have ever made/ bought. The best part was the cheese was fully melted, and the pizza had a real crust (which you can fold!). I loved how I did not even taste like I was eating DF/GF pizza. It was so good!

I was planning on freezing my leftovers so I could enjoy it the following Friday, but it was just too good for me not to eat it the next day. This time I enjoyed some slices along side a salad ( which I would love for Wild Flours to offer).  As I was eating the pizza, I thought, ” I wish I could get this up at school”, so before I go back to school I think I am going to order a pizza and freeze it.

Of course being that we don’t live super close to the bakery I had to bring a treat (or two) home with me! I got a chocolate cupcake with DF vanilla icing, which was delicious and froze one of their wonderful brownies, so I can enjoy it at a later date!

A Sweet Surprise

I truly have the greatest parents. This new lifestyle has been a transition/ learning experience for them as well. Often I don’t take into account how this transition has effected them. As a family, we have had to adapt recipes to fit my dietary needs, and we can no longer just “get up and go” to a restaurant, not to mention the increase cost of my food. On occasion, I tend to feel bad about the new transitions we have to go through, but they always remind me the benefits of this diet are priceless…they finally got their daughter back! Since I was diagnosed my parent always have done things to help me have a “normal” experience, and are always seeking out new foods and GF restaurants that I can enjoy!

Recently, my dad was at a business meeting and one of his clients gave him the business card for Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery. He told my dad, “it is the best gluten-free bakery”, and my dad needed to take me there. Ironically, my mom had also heard about this bakery through Facebook and had been wanting to take me to Tu-Lu’s for months ( I think she was more excited then me!) This past weekend, my dad came home with a surprise for me… a box full of treats from Tu-Lu’s Bakery! The box was full of cookies, a brownie, two mini loafs, and a  Red Velvet Cupcake.

On his way home he tried an oatmeal raisin cookie and said they were “out of this world.” Being one who loves muffins and breads, I  immediately wanted to try the morning glory loaf (not shown above picture), which I willing shared with my mom. We both loved it. The bread was full of raisins, walnuts, and carrots, and was so moist.

Next up was the red velvet cupcake. This was recommended by my dad’s client, so this was one item he knew he wanted to get me. Ironically, prior to my g-free days, I had never had a red velvet cupcake, so this was really something new for me to try! This too was another hit and I really enjoyed it. However, next time I would like to try their dairy-free/ vegan icing. (I was never one for cream cheese icing).

Yesterday morning I tried Tu-Lu’s Pumpkin bread. OMG is all I have to say. It was so good, and reminded me of the pumpkin bread (gluten-filled) my mom makes every year. The flavor was unbelievable! One thing which was different about this bread, was it was topped with pumpkin seeds. I really liked this unique touch. I froze the other goodies for later enjoyment. (I am sure they won’t last longer in the freezer.)

Once again my family found another GREAT gluten-free bakery. If you haven’t gone to Tu-Lu’s yet, you need to seriously go check it out (they also ship)! Their baked goods are unbelievable. In addition to GF bake goods, Tu-Lu’s also makes paninis on their own GF bread.

Tu-Lu’s is located at 338 East 11th Street, in New York City. For more information you can visit their website or find them on Facebook.

Special shout out to my Mom and Dad: Thanks for embracing this new journey with me and supporting me through every step of the way. I couldn’t of done it without you!

Oh, The Things That Get Me Excited!

Just when I was jumping on the GF band wagon, Celiac awareness and the gluten free diet was on the rise. Elizabeth Hasselbeck came out with her new book, Chex released their GF cereals and more and more companies were developing GF products. During this GF boom BabycakesNYC released their first cookbook.

BabycakesNYC was started by Erin McKenna, who after being diagnosed with a wheat and dairy allergy, decided to start experimenting. The outcome, a vegan bakery free of refined sugar, gluten, wheat, soy, casein,  and eggs, which is also kosher. Note: there are some products that are made with spelt flour (not G-free).

I tried Babycakes the day after I was diagnosed. ( My mom picked up some treats after my test and surprised me, since I was sleeping in the car)! Wow, is all I can say. Everything from their donuts to their cookies are delicious!! I love that BCNYC is not only gluten free and dairy free, but they use nutritious ingredients. Making these bake goods as healthy as a baked good can be.

When I was around 14, my mom started me on a cookbook collection, since we both share a passion for baking. On my first Christmas being G-free I received the BabycakesNYC cookbook, so I could bake and enjoy BCNYC treats without having to travel to the city. Some items that I have baked from this cookbook, are the banana and corn bread, apple cinnamon toastie, as well as, the vanilla cake. (Something went wrong when I baked the yellow cake and was NOT as good as the vanilla cupcake that I enjoyed at BCNYC). The apple cinnamon toastie was by far my favorite!!

The only down side about this cookbook is that the recipes require A LOT of ingredients and some recipes have many steps, but the outcome is well worth it!!

Well, I have some exciting news for you all!! Babycakes is releasing their newest cookbook in 53 DAYS!! I was on twitter ( of course I follow BCNYC ) and saw that you were able to pre-order this cookbook. Guess who jumped on the opportunity…ME!! April 12th I will have Babycakes “Covers the Classics” in my hands!!  I can’t wait. I hear that they will be including their donut recipe in the book (they bake them). Without a doubt that will be the first recipe I try. I need to go out and by a donut pan

You can pre-order your copy on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.comEnjoy Babycakes in NYC, LA and their newest location Disney World, Orlando, FL. They also ship for your enjoyment!!