Gluten Free: A Guide to the Best Bakery Goods

Gluten allergies are surprisingly common. Some children have an extreme gluten allergy and many adults develop a gluten allergy later in life. In a world filled with baked goods and grain products, it can be pretty tough to avoid gluten unless you plan ahead and know what you're doing. Party planning is especially challenging for anyone who cannot safely process gluten and their loved ones who want them included in delicious celebrations. The demand for gluten-free products is on the rise causing bakers to include the special diet and gluten-free items on their menus.

So what can you order from the bakery that is gluten-free and still just as good as an extra-large fluffy-crust pizza and a birthday cake? As it turns out, there are tons of delicious gluten-free baked goods that can be made or included in a baking mix without significantly changing the texture. Master bakers can even craft rich, creamy almond cakes with almond flour that are a delicious substitute for a traditional celebration cake for your gluten-free event.

Gluten-Free Baking

Baking gluten-free baking tends to have a slightly different texture than traditional breads and treats. Baked goods made gluten-free tend to be a little denser and may have a gritty texture, depending on the ingredients and the baker's skill.  This means that cake and bread are the most noticeable but delicious custom cake can be made that are gluten-free using almond as an alternative ingredient.

On the flip-side, any baked good with a dense crust or a gooey center is pretty darn good gluten-free. The crust of pies, and crispy cookies are often great as gluten-free baked goods.

The Best Gluten-Free Bakery Goods

Custard and Fruit Filling Pies and Tarts

Pies are the single best thing to make with gluten-free ingredients because a pie crust is supposed to be dense and moist. Because the mass of the treat isn't made of flour, you also have much less gluten replacement to worry about. The filling of your pie remains unchanged while we make a rich pie crust without gluten that tastes just as good as its gluten sister-pies. Both custard and fruit pies along with fruit pies piled high with fresh fruit and sweet cream are wonderful gluten-free treats.

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is another gluten-free favorite recipe. Just a few baking ingredients changes to the recipe ensures that you or your gluten-sensitive friends will have no problem with everyone's favorite decadent desert. Drizzle it with caramel, chocolate, or strawberry for an unforgettable way to celebrate a special day. We have even seen birthday cheesecakes decorated with candles and whipped-cream flowers.

Scones, Macaroons, and Non-Batter Confections

Airy gluten-free bread-like treats taste different when they're gluten-free but crispy baked goods are often even better with the new ingredients. Scones, macaroons, peanut brittle, and other non-batter confections can make it easy to deck out your snacks table with treats that everyone can enjoy, including gluten-free guests and loved-ones.

Granola and Seed Bars

If you are heading out for breakfast or planning a breakfast event, don't forget seed bars. Granola, nut-butter, honey, dried fruit, chocolate chip, and seeds can be combined and recombined into mouthwatering breakfast bars and energy bars without a scrap of gluten or flour in the recipe.

Baked Puddings

You can also skip the dry baked goods for a delicious warm pudding. Chia seed puddings and other delicacies are specialties of practiced confectioners and can often be found in your local bakery.

Can You Make a Gluten-Free Cake?

We often get asked whether we can make a special cake gluten-free.  The answer is yes! That is, if you like chocolate almond. We make a specialty chocolate almond cake or cupcakes for our gluten-free clients who want a beautifully layered and iced cake for their special day. Gluten free cakes tend to be a little lower per-layer and denser, so expect something a little more like fluffy brownies instead of your traditional lighter-than-air bakery cake. If you love a dense cake like we do, then you're in luck.

Ordering Gluten-Free with Sunflower Baking Company

Here at Sunflower Baking Company, we are proud to run a gluten-free kitchen with a wide variety of gluten-free treats. Let us know if you need a gluten-free order for special occasions, gluten-free catering, or just swing by for a friendly gluten-free bakery breakfast. We know it's tough to live a life without flour - we use so much of it! That's why we work so hard to make sure our gluten-sensitive friends and customers feel welcome with delicious safe-to-eat confections that make life just that much brighter.