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Nut-free Bakeries

tjr | | Aug 26, 2008 07:55 AM

Hi hounds,

I'm allergic to peanuts and pretty much all other nuts (seeds are okay).

I figured I would eventually get around to asking this. I'm looking for nut-free bakeries (or bakeries who do nut free on request) for breads, pastries, croissants, cakes, cookies, donuts, just about anything. French, Italian, Japanese, or anything else. Perhaps if there are any chocolatiers as well.

I've had a couple iffy experiences lately. My wife brought home a Fred's Bread loaf from Loblaw's where, after reading ingredients, there was nothing about non-nut breads containing nuts. I'm aways a bit wary, so I called to ask, and was told that it would be best to not eat them due to nut usage at their bakery. Food without proper labels is another post, I suppose.

I generally bake my own bread, make my own pastries, pies, cakes, and other baked goods. While I'm generally proficient, sometimes I don't feel like baking (especially in the summer), and there are a lot of things that just aren't worth making in small batches (when I have a craving for a Napoleon mille-feuille, say).

I know of a few bakeries already (La Sem does nut-free cakes on request with a certain period of time, there's a cupcake place, cookie place, and another bakery where I pick up Italian breads in Woodbridge whose names I don't remember), but the more, the merrier! Nut-free and of excellent quality would be nice!

I'm in Mississauga, but anywhere in the GTA would be fine.