I couldn’t eat the cake; I’d eliminated gluten from my diet upon the discovery that I felt dramatically better without it.
After the birthday incident and Nava’s understanding of my gluten-intolerance, she grew determined that I should be able to eat yummy things; she knows that eating and sharing yummy things are some of life’s greatest pleasures. We tried numerous gluten-free baked goods and recipes, but none satisfied my needs.
So, at Nava’s urging, we began to experiment with our own recipes. I would name the ingredient, and Nava would tell me the measurement to use. We made a good team. Soon after our experiments began, we had some quick success with a coffee cake that was wonderfully reminiscent of my childhood.
I was hooked, and I’ve been in the kitchen ever since!
It’s been a six-year adventure – researching, experimenting, and learning all about baking. My family, my friends, and my three daughters’ friends have been along for the ride — during which they were repeatedly asked, “How do you like the (fill-in-the-blank with the recipe of the day)? How’s the taste? How’s the texture? How does it compare to the best (whatever it was I had made) you’ve ever had?”
It’s been a long, glorious labor of love. The idea that I might be able to pull together a product that could bring people joy (and not make them sick!) kept me going through the seemingly endless tweaking of recipes. At the end of 2008, my family and I finally decided to go for it. We leased a location on a funky, up-and-coming stretch of Pico Blvd. and set to work turning it into a bakery. I filed our certifications, sourced our very difficult-to-find gluten and allergy-free ingredients, and after taking care of the myriad of other details… we were finally ready to go!
The result: Breakaway Bakery. Breakaway from things that are bad for you. Breakaway to a great taste adventure where the things you love to eat are also “honestly delicious and healthy.”
I hope that you’ll join me and my family on our great taste adventure, and that you’ll also find what Nava and I can finally share every day . . . something yummy to eat!