August 7, 2012

Manotick Gluten Free Bakery

If you take a drive south of the city and just keep going, you’ll eventually come upon Manotick. What was once a small village is now a bedroom community for many who work in Ottawa. While it has grown a bit, it has retained its small town atmosphere and friendliness. Earlier in the year when my mom was visiting and working in the area, she happened to be in a strip mall and saw this sign from a distance. The words ‘gluten-free’ jumped out at her and she had to see for herself.

Inside the Manotick Natural Market she found the Manotick Gluten Free Bakery. After eying many of the items she came home with a loaf of no-rye bread, a few butter tart squares and date squares.

The bread had a nice consistency to it; not doughy or dry, and tasted good. And it actually tasted like a real rye. Mmmm. The butter tart squares were a little on the dry side, but the date squares were moist and really good.

There are so many items to choose from. Ummm, I take that back. If you go at the end of the day or week, the pickings are slim because you took too long to get there. I imagine, though, that the bakers are busy prepping for their busy Saturdays and Sundays. There are squares, scones, pies (fruit and meat), bread (fresh and frozen) and new items that the bakery tries out.

From downtown it is a bit of a drive, but if you avoid rush hour then the drive is effortless (and probably under 30 mins).


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