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The Ladybird Bakery – Gluten Free Goodies

18 May

Update: Ladybird have now moved into larger premises at Franfurt Gate.  Click here to see pics

I recently heard about a new gluten free company based in Plymouth called The Ladybird Bakery.  Thanks to Julie Petvin at Talking Good Food for the tip off.  Naturally excited to hear about a new Plymouth based gluten free company, I introduced myself via their Facebook page and we exchanged emails so I could find out a little more about them.  The good news was that Ladybird were due to appear at the Sutton Harbour Local Produce Market a couple of days later, so Abby and I braved the elements to go down and have a chat and pick up some gluten free goodies.

Sarah left, and Donna right of Ladybird Bakery

Sarah left, and Donna right of Ladybird Bakery

The pouring rain meant customers were in short supply whilst we were there, but it gave us a chance to have a long chat with the Ladybird team Sarah and Donna.  Donna are Sarah are mother and daughter and were both really lovely.  Sarah is gluten intolerant as is her son, though understandably neither want to go through the pain of eating gluten for six weeks to be tested for coeliac disease.  Donna is a baker of 23 years and has previously received requests from customers for gluten free cakes, and after discovering her grandson was gluten intolerant decided to set up a gluten free company with Sarah.  Their household is now totally gluten free as a result.

SamplesDonna and Sarah had a few tasters out at the market, those who know me will not be surprised to know that a headed straight for the lemon drizzle cake first!  The cake was extremely moist and loaded with lemon flavour, it may be said that I’m a bit of a lemon drizzle cake connoisseur and in my opinion that was a very good one.  The other taster was a chocolate truffle made from dates which was also delicious.  It was good to see that there were plenty of savoury and dairy free choices on offer at their stall.

steak pie + quicheAfter hearing about Gluten Free by the Sea, the girls kindly offered me some samples to take away which I was only too happy to accept.  My samples included some lemon drizzle cake, a fantastic chocolate cupcake and some cookies.  The cookies had a great crunch and were really tasty.  Savoury wise there was a cheese and tomato pizza, quiche, steak pie and sausage roll.  The pizza was tasty but didn’t crisp up, though after talking to Donna it seems I should have removed the foil tray, doh!  The sausage roll was also tasty and the quiche was nice and cheesy.  The steak pie was nice though the pastry was a tiny bit dry and the filling could have used some more seasoning.  I’ve fed this back as they were very keen for constructive feedback as they look to improve their new products.

Ladybird Bakery are currently looking into the feasibility of their own shop to sell their products, and are asking anyone who has tried their food to complete the questionnaire here as part of their business plan.  Completed questionnaires can be returned to theladybirdbakery2014@gmail.com.  In the meantime you will find them at local markets around Plymouth and Torquay, keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming event dates.  You can also contact Donna or Sarah on 07870 605913 or the email address above for further ordering information.  I wish them both the very best of luck with their new venture, and I look forward to catching up with them again soon.business card

UPDATE 17/01/2015: Donna and Sarah have now opened a permanent stall in Plymouth Pannier Market.  Click here for full details.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea



Traditional Puddings from Tavistock

11 Dec

UPDATE 22/09/2014: Sad to report that Traditional Puddings has now ceased trading. Thanks to Tina for all her hard work and great puddings over the last couple of years, these puddings will be sorely missed. Another reminder that we really need to support our small local businesses else we will lose them.

Hi folks and apologies for the lack of posts on Gluten Free by the Sea in the last few weeks.  It’s been a very busy time for me personally, busy at work after the company I work for was sold and some disasters around the house to name but a few things.  A day off from work today has given me a chance to catch up on some blogging (after a second exploding radiator/flood in seven days this morning!).

I recently received an email from Tina Hurford who runs a small company called Traditional Puddings.  They are based out of Tavistock Pannier Market and offer a range of hand made luxury puddings.  Whilst the core range of products contains gluten, Tradtional Puddings make gluten free puddings to order.  Tina has a coeliac mother and daughter so an experienced gluten free baker, well versed in dealing with cross contamination.

Tina very kindly offered to send me one of her puddings to sample, and let me choose from the options on her website.  There is an amazing sounding list of flavours to choose from: Ultimate Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce, Vanilla Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate Sauce, Zingy Lemon Pudding, Sticky Stem Ginger with Ginger Sauce, Coffee and Walnut Pudding With Dark Chocolate Sauce or Almond Pudding With Cherry Brandy Sauce.


I choose the Vanilla Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and was really excited to try it.  When it arrived the package contained two very ample puddings, and a generous serving of butterscotch sauce.  I removed the lid and popped the foil tray in the oven for 10 minutes as per the instructions.  It came out of the oven smelling delicious and I have to say I was really impressed.  The sponge pudding was extremely light, I could really taste the vanilla and the butterscotch sauce was really tasty.  The puddings are big enough that the package states serves 2-4, but if someone wanted to pinch half of one of mine they’d have to fight me for it!

To be honest, this kind of pudding is right up my street.  A warm pudding in a toffee or butterscotch sauce would definitely be something I would have chosen in my pre-coeliac days.  In gluten free terms I’ve not really come across anything like this before, bar a couple of (bad) supermarket offerings.  Currently the packaging is labelled “no gluten containing ingredients”, but Tina is currently going through testing so she can start officially labelling the products gluten free (UPDATE: Testing successful and gluten free status has been granted).  She hopes to expand to other stockists when this is confirmed, and I hope a Plymouth based one can be found.  In the mean time, if you get chance to pick up a pudding at Tavistock Pannier Market I can highly recommend it, and Tina will do local deliveries within a reasonable distance too.  You can contact Tina at traditionalpuddings@hotmail.co.uk for more info.

Puddings cost £4.25 for two, but taking into account the size and quality I would say it’s definitely worth that cost as a treat.  It’s good to see another local producer doing good things in the gluten free world.

Update: 22/02/2012: Good news for those of you gluten free and living in Plymouth, Traditional Puddings are now stocked by Plymouth Greengrocer.  I tried the lemon pudding last week and it was delicious too, looking forward to working my way through the rest of the flavours now they are more readily available to me!

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

A Piece of Cake Bakery

27 Sep

As you probably know by now, Gluten Free by the Sea is always happy to showcase Plymouth based companies doing great things in the gluten free world.  The latest company I have discovered is a brand new company, A Piece of Cake Bakery.  A Piece of Cake Bakery is an exclusively gluten free bakery founded by Louise Pen-Collings RD.  Louise is a registered dietitian and has decided to set up her own gluten free cupcake company after her experience of helping coeliacs through her work.  As a coeliac it’s heartening to hear of someone being inspired in this way.

The company officially launched this week and I noticed there was an introductory offer of four cupcakes for five pounds.  Eating four chocolate cupcakes sounded like extremely hard work, but as a dedicated blogger I thought I’d struggle through and polish some off so I could tell you all about them 😉  Louise hand delivered these and it was lovely to meet her.  The cupcakes arrived beautifully presented in a nice presentation box.

After eating so much tiny gluten free food, I was struck by the size of the cupcakes.  They were slightly larger than a regular cupcake and I certainly didn’t feel short changed on this occasion.  The frosting was beautifully piped and equally delicious.  The cake itself had a real home made taste, and I mean that in a very complimentary way.  Overall I really enjoyed these and I had one just before I wrote this blog post, actually that’s a lie as I had two.  They were calling me from the kitchen, “eat me!”.  Louise also informs me that these can be frozen with no issues, though I suspect not many will get as far as trying that.

It’s also good to hear that Louise has been taking advice from Coeliac UK to ensure these cakes are suitable for coeliacs.  These treats are currently on sale at Langage Farm Coffee Shop, in Ridgeway, Plympton and also at Plymouth Greengrocer in the Chaplins car park also at Plympton.  I am of course a regular visitor to Plymouth Greengrocer so will no doubt be picking these up on a regular basis in future.  A Piece of Cake Bakery will shortly launch a website at http://www.a-piece-of-cake-bakery.com/ but for now you can keep up through Facebook and Twitter.  I wish Louise every success with her new venture.

UPDATE 01/05/13: Sadly I must pass on the news that A Piece of Cake Bakery is no longer trading.  Louise has taken on a full time job for another company, and so no longer has time to commit to A Piece of Cake.  She will however continue to supply fruit cake to Bistro One.  Louise has asked me to pass on her thanks to everyone who supported her while the company was trading.

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