When a non-gluten free friend tells you about something gluten free that she found and loved, you have to check it out. Because that chick could totally have some delicious gluten and forewent it for something else. That's kind of a big deal. So that was how I found myself at Tu-lu's Bakery this weekend in Dallas. My friend had recommended the coffee cake, which was one of my pre-gluten free favorites, and I've been dying for some.
The bakery itself is pretty bland in aesthetic (which definitely needs some work!) but it was quite busy when I stopped in. There is one large glass case with a pretty decent variety of gluten-free goodies.
I spied a couple of varieties of cookies, blondie brownies, chocolate brownies (which my friend said were disappointing), donuts, several varities of cupcakes (big and small), loaves of bread, and a few other random items. I selected a chocolate cupcake, a cofee cake, and a snickerdoodle cookie.
When I was checking out (word to the wise: $8.00 credit card minimum) I noticed prepackaged croutons, breadcrumbs, and granola. These pictures were taken in the car because obviously I could not wait to taste my purchases.
Cupcake: the frosting was delicious, but the cake was kind of dry and bland.
Cookie: the cookie was quite good, and oddly, it tasted better the second day (I ate half at first). The sides were a little dry, which is to be expected for GF items, but the rest of the cookie was nice and moist.
Coffee Cake: This was decently tasty, though a bit disappointing. The topping was a little dry, and tasted like it was 90% brown sugar, which is not like traditional coffee cake. The cake itself was moist and flavorful, and didn't taste all that GF, which is really the highest praise.
Overall, I'm not in love, but I'd like to give Tu-Lu's another try before I write it off. And for NYC readers, there is also a New York location.
One of my favorite happy accidents when it comes to baking is finding a food blogger accidentally make a gluten-free recipe, which is a great way to illustrate that accomdating a gluten allergy isn't that hard! Such was the case with this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Chip Fudge cookies on Twitter friend GRIT's blog. Check it out!