A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale. A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease.
We caught up with Katrina Lynch of The Gluten Free Patisserie who provide delicious, fresh, gluten free breads and desserts to caterers and to the general public of Northern Ireland.
Q: What makes your product unique?
A: All our products are exclusively gluten free (coeliac friendly). We focus on delicious Irish artisan breads such as sodas, potato bread, pancakes, scones etc while also offering a range of handmade desserts and traybakes.
Q: Where do you source your raw ingredients?
A: All our flour is sourced from certified gluten free mill Dove’s Farm. All other fresh ingredients are sourced locally where possible.
Q: What inspires you as a producer?
A: I love developing delicious gluten free recipes that taste just as good if not better than the orginals. Seeing the delight on a customers face and hearing the words ‘I haven’t had one of those in years- this is delicious!’ is probably what inspires me the most.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I trained as a pastry chef and after working for a number of years in Northern Ireland I noticed that whether it was a small boutique cafe or a large 5* hotel there was a real issue when it came to catering for the gluten free diet. It was very difficult to source fresh artisan bakery products that were restaurant quality and suitable for coeliacs. I started to develop recipes in my spare time and in December 2014 launched the business at St Georges Market Belfast. Since then we’ve grown and now supply a number of establishments across NI and are currently getting ready to launch our online shop.
Q: Why do you think it’s important to keep local?
A: Northern Ireland has some of the best produce in the world it seems only natural to source local. It’s important for the local economy and creates jobs but it’s also important to develop strong relationships within local communities and support the small business owners. It encourages friendly working relationships across a wide range of industries and also adds the personal touch when you know the local farmer at the market.
Q: What motto do you live/work by?
A: In my line of work it’s important that everything I make tastes delicious. Too often in gluten free baking taste and texture are lacking. However as I am not coeliac everything I make has to be good enough to eat so that even if you don’t have to eat it for dietary reasons- you want to!
So I suppose my motto would be ‘Great Flavour Gluten Free’
Q: Where can we buy your products?
A: We are at St Georges Market every Saturday with a full range of fresh breads, desserts and traybakes. For stockists and online purchases check out the website.
Q: What food best compliments your product? Or what is your favourite way of using your product?
A: All our products are ready to eat and are delicious either on their own or as part of a meal. For example our gluten free brown soda bread is great with a hearty soup.
Visit Gluten Free Patisserie to see a full list of their products.