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Pumpkin Muffin by FlourChylde

FlourChylde bakery is my favorite gluten free bakery and their pumpkin muffin satisfies the hungriest appetite for pumpkin. The spices are well balanced and delicate. The diary free “cream cheese” frosting is not overpowering and compliments the soft, moist pumpkin muffin well.

I’m certainly keeping them in business since they are at the Mission Mercado every Thursday evening!



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Gluten Free Scone Review (Pushkin Bakery)


Maple Walnut Pushkin Bakery Scone


Lemon Scone – Pushkin Bakery

The maple walnut scone is hardy and chewy. It has good flavor with the walnuts and while warming it in the microwave I could smell the maple, though it was a little lacking in the execution. It had a mild sweet like a scone should have.

The lemon scone was chewy as well, and bursting with lemon flavor.  It has more icing than the maple scone, and is sweet and tart at the same time. Both of the scones are dense just like a scone should be.

I will try these scones from Pushkin again and try them fresh, I think putting them in the microwave made them more chewy than they should have been.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie & Blueberry Muffin (Pushkin Bakery)

The gluten free chocolate chip cookie had a deep brown sugar taste. It was moist, and tasted like a home made chocolate chip cookie. It only slightly grainy, and didn’t hold together as well as other cookies but I wouldn’t call it ‘crumbly’. Nice sized chunks of chocolate in the cookie.

The gluten free blueberry muffin had a ton of blueberries, was moist, and had just a slight grainy texture. There was no crumb topping that you see on most blueberry muffins, but I don’t think it was necessary, as it was just the right amount of sweet.

If I were in the area again, I’d certainly pick up the chocolate chip cookie and blueberry muffin from Pushkin Bakery.

My favorite gluten free chocolate chip cookie is from Red House Bakery and gf blueberry muffin favorite is from Mariposa Bakery.


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Little Black Dress (Flour Chylde Bakery)

Flour Chylde has a stand at the Mission farmer’s market every Thursday in San Francisco and whenever they have this Chocolate espresso brandy treat, it’s hard to resist not getting one, even if it’s to save for later (freezes well!).

A combination of bittersweet chocolates, espresso, and Brandy to produce fudge-like density with a blast of rich chocolate and only a hint of alcohol burn. This is a treat to savor each bite. I recommend eating it with a small fork. If it wasn’t so moist you would need a glass of milk to compliment it.

You will not be let down with this Little Black Dress treat from Flour Chylde.



Flour Chylde (Gluten Free Bakery)


Flour Chylde's Farmer's market stand

Flour Chylde’s Farmer’s market stand

Flour Chylde is a gluten free bakery based out of Novato, CA and their treats can be found at SF Bay Area farmer’s markets if you don’t want to make the trip to Novato. Though for these baked goods, you would be willing to make the trip. They only serve some of their gluten free treats at the bakery in Novato, so be sure to visit a booth at a local farmer’s market too.

I love their use of almond flour/meal for a base of a number of their tortes (like the Rapture Torte). It gives it a decadent unique flavor. They have an assortment of treats along with breads. Their breads are delicious!

Here are a few treats and breads I’ve tried:

  • Baguettes
  • Country Style Loaf
  • Cake Bar-baker’s choice
  • Linzer Torte
  • Rapture Torte – one of my favorites
  • Chocolate Lemon Coconut Torte
  • Little Black Dress – one of my favorites
  • Pumpkin muffin
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter

Note, this bakery may not be 100% gluten free. Next time I go to the stand I’ll ask, but my recollection is that they produce non-gluten free items in their bakery and sell them in their bakeshop in Novato. All items at the farmer’s markets are gluten free.


Pushkin Bakery (Gluten Free and Dairy Free Bakery)

Pushkin Bakery is located at 1820 29th St. in Sacramento, CA. It’s a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip to visit. Living 2 hours from this DEDICATED gluten free and dairy free bakery, I had to bring back a little of everything to try.

Pushkin bakery publishes their menu every day. From yesterday’s menu these were chosen to be frozen and reviewed later.

  • “Awesomes” (Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cakes) $1.75 – Good
  • “Dudes” (Mini Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Ganache) $1.75 – Pretty darn good
  • Russian Tea Cake (Vegan) $1.50 – Good considering I’m not a huge fan of Russian Tea Cakes
  • Lemon Scone $1.95 – See review
  • Maple Walnut Scone $1.95 – See review
  • Zucchini Bread (Vegan) $3.75 – a little on the dry side and grainy
  • Blueberry Muffin (Vegan) $2.00 – See review
  • Pumpkin Oat Spice Muffin (Vegan) $2.00  – a little on the dry side and grainy but wholesome flavor
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie $2.75 – See review
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie $2.75 – See review
  • Snicker Doodle Cookie $2.75 NEW – See review
  • Marble Pound Cake $3.45 – Good, a little on the grainy side
  • Lemon Square (for free) – Delicious, tart, sweet, moist and made me realize how much I miss lemon meringue pies.

The items that were left out from the freezer and tasted today were:

  • Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake $3.25
  • Barracuda Cupcake (Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache) (Vegan) $3.25

Being able to dive right into these cupcakes without concern that neither the cake nor the icing would give me a bad reaction was heaven! So much so, that I didn’t take a picture beforehand! (Here is a picture of the Strawberry and Barracuda from the Pushkin website.)

Nevertheless, the Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake was good for a gluten free, dairy free version. The icing was on the sweet side – not sure what they use in place of cream to make it – and the cake was moist but unfortunately a little on the grainy side.

The Barracuda Cupcake, which I read online was great, did stand up to that review.  Like most gluten free chocolate cakes it was moist and not grainy. However, it did fall apart some and again the icing was on the sweeter side. Maybe a little too much icing in my opinion.

I would buy both of these again if I was craving a cupcake.  Also the prices are very affordable for gluten free bakery items. I was surprised to walk out of there with only a $37 bill for 15 gluten free items!

I hope that Pushkin Bakery is able to start up a store in San Francisco, CA – I would certainly be a frequent visitor.

Check back later to see if Pushkin’s chocolate crinkle can stand up to Red House Bakery’s chocolate crinkle (from Pacific Cookie Company).

What is the name of your favorite gluten free or dairy free bakery? I haven’t had a chance to fully review Pushkin’s offerings so right now, I’m still a huge fan of Flour Chylde’s (Novato, CA) treats and breads though they do make other non-gluten free items so cross contamination is possible. 


Mariposa Bakery (Gluten Free Bakery)

Mariposa Gluten Free Bakery

Mariposa Gluten Free Bakery

If you live in San Francisco or Oakland, CA, keep an eye out for these gluten free baked goods! Their brownies and penguinos pop up in small stores and coffee shops.

Mariposa Gluten Free BakeryMariposa Baking company is a gluten free baking company. I happen to wander past their counter in the Ferry building, saw their donuts and thought to myself – those look like the gf donuts I buy in the store (see previous post). I was happily surprised to see that EVERYTHING is gluten free. Many items are dairy free too. I’m looking forward to trying their butternut squash ravioli.

I’ve tried and recommend these:

  • Pretzels
  • Fruit Danish
  • Penguinos
  • Rosemary rolls
  • Cinnamon Rolls – they are filling – best to share with a friend!
  • Pumpkin Muffin

Happy Gluten Free Snacking!

Mariposa Gluten Free Dinner Roll

Mariposa Gluten Free Dinner Roll