Earlier this summer, my sister-in-law was visiting me here in Connecticut. She had recently met a talented gluten free baker at Whole Foods in Georgia. Knowing about my business and personal interests in gluten-free living, my sister-in-law kindly passed along my card in hopes of a connection.
Soon enough, Jill Baker-Lesperance (yes, her maiden name is Baker), reached out to me for some assistance. Shortly after our introduction, I received a giant box filled with gluten-free treats — cake pops, snack bars, sugar cookies….oh my!
While I live a paleo diet most of the time, it felt liberating to indulge in these treats….and also fun to bring them to a friend's deck party and get some instantaneous feedback from regular folk (you know, those people who wouldn't even think of eating anything free of gluten!). Just a few crumbs remained on the serving dish so yes, Dunwood Bakery in Connecticut was a huge hit.
Unfortunately (or maybe in this case fortunately), I wasn't able to share the giant and beautifully decorated sugar cookie shaped like beach sandals…..more like, I took one bite and decided this cookie was all mine. Seriously, this cookie reminded me of my childhood…..while the texture was a little different than what we left for Santa Claus, the taste came in surprisingly close. It's a known fact that gluten free baking can be a real challenge especially when it comes to mimicking the real deal – I am impressed, Dunwoody Bakery is a master. In fact, many of their customers are not gluten-free!
These cookies would make fantastic favors at any birthday party for kids with food sensitivities. Dunwoody Bakery also creates custom cupcakes and more! So if you're gluten-free but want to fit in like the regular folk (see paragraph #2), place your order today! As a nutritionist, I wouldn't recommend indulging in cookies or cakes everyday but there should certainly be room in your life for celebration that involves tasty food. If you're in Georgia or passing through, stop on over at the bakery to see Jennifer in action. Alternatively, the Dunwoody Bakery products are also now featured at three Whole Foods locations in Atlanta.
Jill uses organic ingredients as much as possible and her love and care is seen and tasted in everything that comes out of the oven. What I love most about Dunwoody Bakery is that the idea sprung from Jill's Celiac Diagnosis in 2010. A baker all of her life (and born into a name that fit her so appropriately), Jill found a way to continue her passion and provide others a means to enjoy a gluten-free diet that's full of flavor and enjoyment in every bite.