December 15, 2010

Outrageous Baking’s Gluten-Free Products Available in Dozens of Coffee Shops in Boulder Area

By Evan Sandsmark -  

Two types of retailers dominate Boulder: liquor stores and coffee shops (although, come to think of it, medical marijuana dispensaries are ridiculously prevalent too). Both of these places can be unfriendly to those with a gluten intolerance. Liquor stores sell beer that almost always contains gluten, and the food that coffee shops provide to compliment their drinks – cakes, breads, bagels, donuts, etc. – very often have gluten too. Of course, this isn’t necessarily the liquor store proprietor or the coffee shop owner’s fault, but it is inconvenient for those who must eat gluten-free. Happily, though, circumstances are changing for the better, especially with regard to coffee shops, thanks in large part to businesses like Outrageous Baking.

Four and a half years ago, Outrageous Baking was born in Boulder. Since then, the company has expanded its line of offerings, which are now available in about 50 locations in Boulder and the surrounding area. A significant portion of these locations are coffee shops in Boulder, so the GF coffee shop patron has a decent chance of finding a gluten-free snack at any given cafe in town. Delighted by this news (and in need of coffee anyway), we decided to go to Folsom Street Coffee to sample all the Outrageous Baking products we could get our hands on. Folsom had three of the four available – the only one that was sold out was the pumpkin bread – so we bought one of each, along with a cup of coffee, and headed home for an epic sampling session. Below are our reactions to the three different products we sampled, recorded as we enjoyed them.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread:
The crust, which is slightly more crunchy than the inside, is dusted with sugar. Some of the sugar has accumulated in certain areas of the crust, making some bites sweeter than others. Behind the sweetness is a hint of lemon, which is sufficiently robust to make it a main component of the flavor of the bread, but it’s not overpowering at all. The sugar and lemon work very well together, which explains why lemon poppy seed bread is a popular pastry. The inside is soft and even fairly moist, yet it crumbles apart when you take a bite, with tons of small pieces of sweet lemony bread dispersing around your mouth. These characteristics are normally at variance with one another, but somehow they are brought together in this bread. The effect is nice because the bread is certainly not dry, which would be bad, but at the same time it flakes and crumbles apart in your mouth as if it were. The consumer gets the best of both worlds. (One might even say you can have your cake and eat it too, but that might confuse some of our more literal-minded readers in the present context.)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake:
This cake has a similar texture to the poppy seed bread in that the crust is crunchier than the inside, but the coffee cake is on the whole more dense. If you were to take a one inch cube from each, the coffee cake would provide a more solid bite. The cake is also moist, so, in contrast to the poppy seed bread, it doesn’t crumble apart very much while you eat it, which is a nice feature if your eating it in a place where crumbs are frowned upon. Overall, the density and moisture of the cake makes it fairly spongy and springy. As for the flavor, it’s excellent, especially when matched with coffee (imagine that: a coffee cake that goes well with coffee). The crust is covered with cinnamon that has been hardened onto the side, and the inside has a streak of moist cinnamon that extends from one side to the other. The sweetest bites involve this vein of moist cinnamon, but surprisingly no bite is overwhelming.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread:
This is the densest and moistest of them all, although the edges are slightly more dry than the center. Each bite is loaded with chocolate, not only because the bread is dense, but also because there are chunks of chocolate – and some are rather substantial – embedded in the piece. Each bite is filling; a few cups of coffee and a piece of this Chocolate Zucchini Bread would basically constitute a full breakfast.

From the light Lemon Poppy Seed Bread to the rich Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Outrageous Baking has some impressive and well-balanced treats to offer. Fortunately, they are now scattered throughout the Boulder area and beyond for gluten-free dieters to enjoy.

Check out Outrageous Baking’s very informative website here:

http://www.outrageousbaking.com/

A list of locations in Boulder at which you can find Outrageous Baking’s goods:

Amante, Berry Best Smoothie, Brewing Markets, Buchanan’s, Celestial Seasonings, Café Sole, Curious Cup, CU Engineering, CU’s UMC Student Center, Folsom Street Coffee, Pekoe, Laughing Goats, Logan’s Espresso Café, Ozo Coffee CO, Page Two, Rally Sport, Saxy’s Cafe, Trident, Vic’s, Lolita’s, Winot

Note: This is the eighth article in a new series presented by GlutenFreeInBoulder.com. On a (roughly) weekly basis, we will visit a restaurant (or coffee shop, in this case), try a thing or two, and write about our experience. We will, of course, be sampling exclusively gluten-free food so we can report back to our readers about the items worth having. If you would like us to review a particular restaurant with gluten-free options, send an email to info@glutenfreeinboulder.com. We’ll try our best to check it out!

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