10 Philly-Area Bakeries Whipping Up Gluten-Free Pies for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to feast until your heart and taste buds are content. But those who are gluten-free know all too well the challenges of resisting the lure of traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Good news, friends: Now you don’t have to.

To all those wheat-free eaters out there, here’s a list of local bakeries whipping up gluten-free pies to satisfy your sweet tooth without the side effects.

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Bakeshop on Twentieth Is Now Open.

bakeshop-on-20th-940The Bakeshop on Twentieth has opened off of Rittenhouse Square at 269 S 20th Street. The bakeshop was originally going to be opened as Spread Bake Shop but it has been renamed and according to Drew Lazor, is no longer affiliated with Spread Bagelry.  The shop offers an opening menu of croissants, cookies, scones, breakfast treats, bread, rolls, sticky buns, brownies plus coffee and tea.

The shop is open seven days a week and will add savory choices like soup and sandwiches in the coming weeks.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Gluten-Free Bakery Sweet Christine’s Opens May 17th

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Gluten-free dessert-lovers rejoice: Sweet Christine’s Bakery of Kennett Square has moved to a bigger and better location, and in celebration of the opening, they are throwing a party next Saturday. Party-goers can expect live music, discounts on goodies and, of course, tons of sweet gluten-free treats to taste test. (But trust us, these treats are totally delicious: here’s proof.)

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Vanilya Bakery Opens on East Passyunk

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Townsend isn’t the only spot on East Passyunk throwing open its doors today. Vanilya Bakery is also welcoming customers for the first time on this fine Friday. The bakery is owned by pastry chef Bonnie Sarana Noll. She will be putting out an assortment of cookies, cheesecake, flourless cake, panna cotta, tiramisu and more. Vanilya, which is Turkish for vanilla and named for Noll’s favorite ingredient also offers wedding cakes.

The retail store is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are also available.

Vanilya Bakery [Official]

Metropolitan Bakery’s New Chestnut Hill Location Opens Today

MetropolitanBakerylogo2Metropolitan Bakery which closed up after a fifteen year run on Germantown Avenue is opening today in the Market at the Fareway, behind the Chestnut Hill hotel.

Metropolitan’s breads, cookies, cannelle, cake and other confections will be available at the new location. Hours at the new Metro will mirror the market’s:

Thursdays and Fridays, 9-6
Saturdays, 8-5

Metropolitan Bakery [Official]

Northeast Philadelphia’s Hesh’s Bakery Has Closed

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Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe has closed in Northeast Philadelphia. The Jewish bakery had been in business for 54-years. The details are scant but a message in the windows and on the web site says the closure is permanent.

It is with a very sad and heavy heart to tell you that Hesh’s Bakery is now closed and will not be reopening. We thank you for your patronage. We will miss you

Sincerely,

Hesh’s

Michael Klein has some more reaction on the surprising closure.

Hesh’s Bakery Is Closed [The Insider]
Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe [Official]

Viking Pastries in Ardmore Gets TV Makeover

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Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.

Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]

Kermit’s Bake Shop Gets Close

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a pre-noon hour checking out the progress at Kermit’s Bake Shop, the pizza + bakery from Adam Ritter (Sidecar and Kraftwork) opening at 2204 Washington Avenue. Ritter, along with chef Brian Lofink and pastry chef Chad Durkin are in the final stages of preparation. I was able to check out the progress and sample pizzas and some of the pastries.

The pizza is a traditional American pie, not the Neapolitan variety that is so much the rage. Ritter wants it to remind you of the pizza of your youth, but better. Yesterday, Lofink was still playing with the sauce, tweaking the sweetness and amount of herbs.

The storefront will offer takeout and delivery, there will be no room to eat inside the surprisingly large space. That space is full of mixers for Chad Durkin’s baking operation. Durkin, who appeared on TLC’s Next Great Baker is producing cakes, fudge, pastries and yesterday, croissants. I got to try several and am still obsessing over the egg and herb filled one.

When Kermit’s Bake Shop does open it will offer ordering by mobile phone and a fleet of eight custom bikes offering delivery.

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