There is a reason that I am not a baker. There is a reason that the last time I tried to make bread, instead of rising into a loaf it sank into a dark hole. There is a reason that the one time I tried to make pizza dough, it formed into a ball hard as rock and refused to budge. There is a reason that I failed as an assistant for a hands-on bread baking class.
And the reason is this: if I could bake… I would do nothing but eat baked goods. It’s true.
Kale farmers would have to cut back on production. My local natural foods store wouldn’t have to restock beets twice a day. And my partner would no longer be repulsed by my green smoothies every time she entered the kitchen. All because I would do nothing but eat breads, muffins, cookies, and cakes all day long.
I learned this dirty secret about myself a little over a month ago when I went gluten-free. Even though I rarely ate bread before going gluten-free, once I told myself I couldn’t have it anymore I suddenly couldn’t get it off my mind. A co-worker recommended Flying Apron Bakery in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle and was shocked that I hadn’t been there before. Not only is it an amazing vegan, gluten-free bakery, but it’s down the street from my house. I had no more excuses not to go.
I told myself that I had never been there before because I didn’t eat many baked goods, which is true. However, now I know the truth: I had never been there before because if I went there once, I would go there all the time. A chocolate chip cookie on Monday night just because, a cupcake on Wednesday while working on an article, a berry scone on Friday night with a friend, some bread on Saturday morning for breakfast. Oh the excuses I will come up with to go there now.
This bakery is awesome sauce. Do you live in Seattle? Because if you do, you need to know about this place. And if you don’t, you need to know that they have take-home kits that you can order online!