At seven years old, there was nothing quite like going to a bakery and being offered a little butter cookie by the bakery lady. I have no idea if she was the same lady each time I went, I just knew that I loved being offered, accepting and enjoying that cookie.
I am not your typical bakery lady. I didn’t go to culinary school. I majored in business. The inspiration who re-sparked my early desire to become a bakery lady is our youngest son, Benjamin.
Because Benjamin was born with many food allergies, he could not enjoy the same bakery experience that I had as a child. The butter and eggs in the delicious cookies I enjoyed would be life-threatening. There was Benjamin, living life to the fullest, “not letting food allergies define him,” as he now says – yet he really was excluded when it came to eating treats. Becoming a bakery lady has evolved as a result of my labor of love – Divvies Bakery – a dedicated peanut-free, tree nut-free, milk-free, and egg-free facility (parts are gluten-free, too) located in beautiful South Salem, New York.
We don’t need our world to be turned upside down because of these allergies; instead, we have to design the right food.
Here are two mouth-watering recipes from Lori Sandler’s famous Divvies Bakery. Whether your kid suffers from food allergies or not, these treats are sure to make them happy and keep them healthy.
Bake the now-famous cupcakes that Benjamin (the inspiration behind Divvies) and I made in front of millions of national TV viewers on The Martha Stewart Show. You won’t believe how moist and delicious these are!
Summer is the best time to bake these, because every berry imaginable is at its peak. Plus, I love to get the kids involved in creating desserts. For this recipe, I mix up the batter myself and pour it into the muffin tins. Then I line up the little green cardboard berry containers filled with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, and let everyone pick their favorites. They simply drop the berries into the batter and voila! They’ve “made their own” muffins. These don’t always make it into the picnic basket because the anticipation, coupled with the aroma, lands everyone around the oven when I take them out.
Recipe from The Divvies Bakery Cookbook by Lori Sandler. Copyright (c) 2010 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.