One of the things that I have learned since being diagnosed with Celiac disease is that having good substitutions for key foods makes following the diet much easier as you don’t really feel like you are missing out on anything. Luckily for Haligonians, there are some excellent bakeries around town that provide tasty gluten-free goods.
My top favorite is the bread from Quality Bakery. Located just past where Main Street turns into Highway 107 (near the North Preston exit), Quality Bakery offers several types of gluten-free bread as well as cookies and carrot cake. I haven’t tried their desserts, but their breads are a staple of my diet. They’re indistinguishable from “regular” bread, except that they do go bad fairly quickly. They cost $4-$6 a loaf.
The catch is that these products cannot be marked as gluten-free since they are made in the same facility as their wheat products and therefore may be contaminated with wheat. (I limit my intake to two slices a day and have had no issues.) You can visit the bakery on site on Highway 107 or purchase their products at the Halifax or Dartmouth Farmer’s Market, some local markets, such as Mariposa’s in Tantallon. Although they don’t have a Web site, you can call them at 434-4953.
If you prefer a totally gluten-free bread, check out Crumbs. Based in Truro, their entire bakery is gluten-free so there is no risk of contamination. Their Quinoa Flour bread is pretty good, although I find it a bit dense. They also have an assortment of other breads, brownies (which are delicious), bagels, pizza crusts, cookies, muffins, scones, and baking mixes. You can visit them online at www.crumbsglutenfree.com, in person at 563 Prince Street in Truro, or at the Halifax Farmer’s Market. Their products are also available at various markets and cafés throughout Halifax and Dartmouth (including Pete’s Frootique), plus they deliver!
For something different, check out Schoolhouse Gourmet. They are based out of Mahone Bay but sell their products at a variety of farmer’s markets and other locations throughout Halifax and Dartmouth (including Perks and Pete’s Frootique). They have many different, delicious products, including breads, granola, cookies, muffins, and squares. (Their white chocolate cranberry cookies are just to die for!) Plus, their Web site has lots of information about their products, food allergies, and Celiac disease; check it out at http://www.schoolhouseglutenfreegourmet.com.
Do you have a favorite gluten-free bakery? We’d like to hear all about it!