Gluten Freedom, Part Two: Bakeries Detail Their Wheat-Free Treats
January 19, 2012
Baked goods often aren't so good if you're a wheat-free eater.
Fortunately many of our favorite local, family-owned shops are adding gluten-free items, albeit not with the most awe-inspiring selection. We called around to see what those items include:
Bakery Station 202 Monterey St., Salinas, 783-1140 ••• Daily, they serve a chocolate truffle torte ($6 per slice; $30 whole), but one can call in advance for a gluten free pumpkin chiffan cake ($6 per slice, $25 whole), pumpkin cookies (3 for $1.50), and rice biscuits ($6.95 a dozen). More tasty news: They only use organic ingredients.
Carmel Bakery Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel, 626-8885 ••• They serve almond horn cookies ($2.55), a nut flour-based cookie.
Layers 9 Soledad Drive, Monterey, 655-1544 ••• Their small flourless lemon cake ($20) and coconut macaroons ($1.25) contain no gluten ingredients (but for super sensitive allergies, staff cannot promise zero cross contamination has occurred).
Paris Bakery 271 Bonifacio Place, Monterey, 646-1620 ••• They offer gluten free small and large meringues ($.75-$1.20) in coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and almond flavors as well as coconut and chocolate-dipped macaroons ($1.50-$2).
Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant & Patisserie Mission and Seventh, Carmel, 624-5008 ••• They have a couple of gluten free options, including a dark chocolate flourless cake ($24/whole cake with 24-hour advance, $4.50/slice), a bittersweet pot au chocolat ($4.50), and a pudding crème brulee ($4.50), all served daily.
Parker Lusseau Pastries 731 Munras Ave. and 539 Hartnell St., Monterey, 643-9188 ••• They have triple chocolate cake with almond flour as each layer’s main ingredient ($5/slice).
Pastries and Petals Mission St. NE of Fifth, Carmel, 620-1400 ••• On occasion, P&P offers gluten free macaroons ($2.50), rice krispy treats ($2), and cookies ($1.25), but cannot promise if cross contamination has occurred.
Sweet Elena’s Bakery & Cafe 465 Olympia Ave., Seaside, 393-2063 ••• Elena and company serve almond cookies ($.75) that contain no gluten.
Wild Goose Bakery & Café 18 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 659-5052. ••• The Goose lays out small gluten free blueberry and banana loaves ($3) daily, but they recommend calling because they run out fast.