Welcome to the Gluten-Free Baker’s Bench!
I stopped at the store today to pick up some Great Value All-Purpose Flour Blend, which is our favorite blend for baking yeast bread. While we were in the gluten-free section, a mom and her daughter came through, looking for a gluten-free treat that looked inspiring. Their comments to each other didn’t seem to suggest anything wonderful hiding inside the cardboard and cellophane packages. I wanted to scribble out my address and invite them to come to my home sometime to bake some gluten-free treats together.
My husband lived with chronic, severe abdominal pain for years before discovering that gluten was the culprit. During the early phase of his new gluten-free life, we tried several store-bought products. Once in a while I would taste something and ask him, “Do you actually like this?” He would answer, “At least it’s something I can eat.”
The man I love deserves better options.
I bought books, tried flour blends, tested recipes, and learned to enjoy the ways that gluten-free baking can be more fun than traditional baking. What I enjoy the most is giving a gluten-free baked good to people who can eat whatever they want and watching them really enjoy it.
I am grateful to the six independent shops in Mecklenberg and Union Counties who carry Gluten-Free Baker’s Bench muffins and bars. I’m also grateful to my family for being my most trusted taste-testers, and to my amazing daughter-in-law, Allie, who created this site. May we enjoy many more years of sharing warm, soft cinnamon rolls, hot mugs of coffee, and peanut butter chocolate chip squares together.