Special dietary needs a challenge to bakers

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Our little shop has been exceptionally busy catering these days. Part of our success is definitely our scratch baking. One of the favorites is the brownie – it’s so versatile. We feature flavours such as mint, peanut butter, salted caramel, black forest … the possibilities are endless.
Baking can evoke a memory of a person or happy time in our lives, just like the smell of turkey or chicken noodle soup. Locked deep in our minds, these smells and flavours take us to a special time and moment like no other.
Finding that comfort and memory, can be a challenge, if your diet and lifestyle needs have changed. We look for healthy alternatives or decide to be vegan or gluten-free, and our quest for good food is even more of a challenge, especially when you are busy and don’t have time to cook or bake for yourself.
There can also be issues if your guests requires special needs – try to plan something for them, and if you need advice ask what they have sensitivities to and plan to avoid those ingredients.
It can be a challenge, but it’s important – don’t give up. There are lots of shops trying to provide for people’s ever-changing needs. Keep it local as you shop for your entertainment needs.

Fudgy Cherry Almond Wheat-free Brownies

  • 6 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • Preheat oven at 325 F.

Combine chopped chocolate and butter and melt in a double boiler or melt in a microwave and stir together. Stir in apple sauce and vanilla. Set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl add room temperature eggs and beat until frothy, then gradually add the sugar. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Gradually fold in almonds, cinnamon and dried cherries. Don’t over mix!
Line an 8×8 pan with spray and parchment paper. Pour batter in and bake in center of the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes.
Allow to cool and cut into squares, dust with icing sugar if desired.

Dierre Acheson
Never Enough Thyme Catering Inc. was created with one thought in mind ... to create more thyme! Enjoy our food shop, specialty cakes and catering. 83 A Arthur Street, South, Elmira. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.