Oh yes, it’s true. I have a gluten allergy. Oh the irony. It’s not Celiac’s but it’s enough of an allergy where I had to alter my eating habits possibly for the rest of my life. How did I find out? About 6 months into me working in the bakery I was getting really sick and having constant migraine headaches. It took about a month for my doctor to diagnosis me through a blood test.
It was really hard at first. All of the things you love are gone, bread, pasta and a slice of NYC pizza (oh I miss you!) and of course vanilla cake with chocolate frosting (my favorite!). It was really a hard adjustment at first. Of course working in a bakery didn’t help either. For those of you out there that are lucky enough to have a slice of Ron’s cake, knows what I mean. I can have all the swiss meringue buttercream a girl could ask for (not really good for the thighs though on a daily basis…) but not the moist delicious cake.
It meant that I wasn’t the only one out there! (Even though when you go to dinner with friends and they want Italian, you still feel so alone.) Although, in the past 3 years the gluten free foods have gotten better; taste, texture, everything.
For the longest time the bakery had only 2 offerings of cakes: regular cakes and parve cakes (dairy free). And now you ask? We have a gluten free line of cakes!!! (So rejoice my fellow wheat allergy people.) AND? THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!!!! The first time we tried the recipe was at Ron’s birthday party last year. Chocolate Cake with a dash of Grand Marnier, chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and gooey caramel. It was moist, sweet and gluten free. Nobody new any better.
So my gluten free friends, don’t be afraid to ask what your options are, you might be pleasantly surprised.
(And for my friend who commented yesterday about being gluten free and wanting to pursue a career in baking/pastry…talk to whatever school you plan on enrolling in, let them know about your allergy and see what can be worked out. More and more people are acknowledging wheat allergies and we need bakers out there that can make something delicious. So go pursue that dream of yours and let me know when you open that bakery…me and my allergy will be waiting.)