Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sweet Christine's Bakery

Last Friday, I received a box of baked goods from Sweet Christine's Bakery.  All of Sweet Christine's products are gluten free, organic, and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.  The bakery opened in 2008, and this month, Sweet Christine's Bakery & Cafe opened in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. 

After dinner on Saturday, my daughters and I sampled the chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate chocolate chip brownie.  Both treats contain eggs and dairy, but are made in a dedicated, certified gluten free and nut free facility.  I liked that the ingredients were similar to what I would use at home if baking these products from scratch, with the exception of evaporated cane juice.  My girls and I preferred the brownie over the cookie, but they both tasted good.  My only complaint is that they were a little crumbly.  

On Sunday, my husband used the baguette to make egg salad sandwiches.

He liked the baguette better than my daughters and I did, but we all enjoyed it with the egg salad.  This is a product that I would love to try the day it has been baked, fresh out of the oven.  The consistency was very good, and when sliced, it certainly looked like a gluten-filled baguette.  

Today, I finally had a chance to try the gluten-free sandwich bread.  I decided to taste it as is first, before getting out my toaster.   

I was amazed at how fresh it still tasted four days after it had arrived at my house.  I am so glad I didn't put it in the fridge or freezer, because it was great at room temperature with some butter.  Oddly enough, it tasted a little bit like my husband's grandmother's Easter bread.  This is not a light and airy sandwich bread, which is ok with me.  I like a denser, slightly sweet bread that I can eat with butter.  This would be the perfect bread to eat with eggs, or make French toast with.  If I lived near Sweet Christine's, I would be buying this bread on a regular basis.  It contains a flour blend (brown rice, white rice, potato starch, tapioca), dry milk, sweet whey flour, organic brown sugar, organic eggs, organic butter, xanthan gum, and yeast.  It is made in a dedicated gluten free facility, but it has a warning that it is produced in a facility that uses peanuts, milk, egg, and soy.  

The last product I tried was Sweet Christine's Home Style Pizza Crust.  The package I received contained 6 individual thin crust pizza shells.  I brushed olive oil on top, then added oregano, and roasted garlic sea salt from a spice grinder I bought at The Fresh Market.  It was delicious, and so nice and crispy after only 5 minutes in the oven.  I would love to serve my oregano and garlic salt pizza with my homemade white bean hummus, Caprese salad, or roasted red peppers, but it was great on its own.  

Sweet Christine's Pizza Crust contains white rice flour, potato starch, cornstarch, evaporated cane juice, olive oil, xanthan gum, and yeast.  It is dairy and egg free, and processed in a dedicated, certified gluten free and nut free facility.

You can purchase Sweet Christine's products on their website here.

Have you tried any of Sweet Christine's baked goods?

All the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.  I received these complimentary products from Sweet Christine's Bakery for a possible review, no strings attached.  I only review products on my blog that I really like, and hope you will enjoy as well.


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