Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mariposa Baking Co.

In the summer of 2013, we took a trip to California, because my brother-in-law was getting married in Temecula.  Before the wedding, we spent a few days in Disneyland, and after the wedding, we flew up to San Francisco.  While we were in San Francisco, I had breakfast every morning at Mariposa's San Francisco Ferry Building Bakeshop.

This blurry picture is the only one I could find of the baked goods I had from Mariposa while we were in San Francisco.  Mariposa's bear claws might be the best gluten free pastries I have ever had.  The bear claws, which are gluten, dairy & soy free, have an almond filling that reminds me of the almond croissants I used to love pre-celiac.

Mariposa still makes their amazing bear claws, but they are not available for mail order.  After watching my family devour croissants and pastries at their favorite French bakery in Winter Park last Sunday, I decided to order myself some gluten free pastries from one of my favorite 100% gluten free bakeries.  The first thing that went in my cart was three 2-packs of Pain au Chocolat.  Mariposa's website describes their Pain au Chocolat as "light, flaky pastry dough rolled around semisweet chocolate."

I also ordered walnut truffle and triple chocolate truffle brownies.

I placed my order early Monday morning, and received it Wednesday afternoon.  For three 2-packs of Pain au Chocolat, and four brownies, shipping cost $12.

Included with my order was a card with storage & handling recommendations.  Right away, I froze all of the Pain au Chocolat and two of the brownies.

This morning, I had a Pain au Chocolat for breakfast.  I microwaved it for one minute on defrost, then warmed it in my oven at 225 degrees for about 10 minutes.  It tasted like the gluten-filled chocolate croissants I have missed for the last 8 years.  It was heavenly!  The pastry was buttery, and it contained the perfect amount of chocolate.  I can't wait to take a Pain au Chocolat with me the next time my family wants to eat breakfast at our local French bakery.  If you miss plain croissants, I have heard Mariposa's are pretty amazing.  You can read more about them here.

For dessert tonight, we ate one of each of the brownies.  Mariposa's walnut truffle and triple chocolate truffle brownies are incredible fudgy, with a slightly crispy top.  Thankfully, I am the only one in my family that likes brownies with nuts, so I had a walnut truffle brownie all to myself, eating half after lunch, and half after dinner.

July 3, 2016 Update

A couple of months ago, I ordered four 2-packs of Mariposa's butter croissants, which you can order here.

I thought it would be fun to make sandwiches with them, but they ended up buried in my freezer, forgotten for several months, until I started to clean everything out for our move to California.

This morning, I decided to have croissants for breakfast, and I stuffed them with pieces of Taza cinnamon Mexican chocolate, which I buy at Whole Foods.  It is organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.

I defrosted each croissant in the microwave for one minute, then cooked them in an oven set to 225 degrees for 10 minutes.  I removed them from the oven, sliced them almost the whole way through, then stuffed them with pieces of Mexican chocolate.  I baked them for 5 more minutes, and served them warm.  My whole family loved them.  The croissants were super buttery, and the Taza chocolate was just perfect.  It melted nicely, and was not overly sweet.  Before we move, I would like to make roast beef sandwiches with the croissants.

Mariposa has bakeshops in Oakland and San Francisco.  You can view all the sweets, and breads & savories Mariposa has available for mail order on their website here.

You can read my friend Amanda's review of Mariposa Baking Co. on her website Gluten & Dairy-Free Review Central, formerly known as Eating out Without.

September 8, 2016 Update

Last Saturday, we drove up to San Francisco for the day.  Our first stop was Mariposa's Ferry Building bakeshop.

Two days before our trip, I special ordered some baked goods, but it wasn't necessary, because Mariposa was fully stocked of all the baked goods I was interested in when we arrived at 10 a.m.  I loved my almond bear claws, and my daughters, who were trying them for the first time, liked them too.

Mariposa makes amazing gluten and dairy free cinnamon rolls, which are available for mail order.  My girls loved them so much, my husband and I were only able to steal one bite each of the two we bought.

Mitch said his Pain au Chocolat was delicious, and we all enjoyed the vegan blueberry plum yummy tart we split.

After having dinner at Asian Box, we dug into the cookies we had bought earlier in the day from Mariposa.  Their gluten & dairy free chocolate chocolate chunk cookies are divine.  They are shaped like a cookie, but taste like a brownie.  If you love chocolate, you will love these cookies.  Two days after our day trip to San Francisco, I placed an order for two packages of chocolate chocolate chunk cookies, and they arrived one day after they were shipped, because we live so close now.

Next time we drive up to San Francisco, I will be bringing home a bunch of cookies and cinnamon rolls to freeze.

What are your favorite gluten free baked goods from Mariposa?


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