“I believe you may have Celiac Disease.” When I first heard my doctor say those words, my world came to an abrupt halt. Me? A person who has loved baking since I was six and learned to make my grandma’s tea cakes by age seven. Me? A person who loved through my kitchen? You’re telling me that I can no longer cook the things that my family and I have enjoyed for generations? So I got depressed…like really depressed.
One day, I decided to get off my bum and take my proverbial lemons and make lemonade or lemon cake in this case! I began experimenting with several different flour combinations…then, EUREKA! I found the perfect blend of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. My first goal was to create gluten free cinnamon rolls…SUCCESS! I invited a friend and her gluten free family over to try them. Her words, “Mmmm Mmmm. La…Larissa. You’ve gotta sell these!” Of course, I thought she was just being nice. Even when I tasted my warm, sweet, buttery creation I still couldn’t believe I had done it. (Us women, we can be so critical of ourselves sometimes, can’t we?)
Three months later, I was laying in bed with my daughter Hannah Bear (Hannah B, Hannah B Nana, Nana, Nana Bear…she answers to all of these), and I asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up. Her response was, “I wanna start a bakery for people like me.” You see like me, Hannah not only has issues with gluten but she’s also allergic to many other things, including nuts!
The words of my sweet little girl coupled with the voice of my friends “You’ve gotta sell these” reverberated within me and with that, Hannah’s Gluten Free Bakery was born! Now each and every one of you are the reason why we continue to do this! You, my friend, are our MOTIVATION!!!! So thank you! The smile on your faces as we watch you light-up to the realization that you CAN have fried donuts (not the cake ones), Cinnamon Rolls, Crescent Rolls, Salted Caramel Chocolate and all your other fav’s—gluten free! We live for that moment when someone tastes our goodies and ask in all seriousness, “Is everything really gluten and nut free?” LOL. Of course it is silly!