EDITED TO ADD: AS OF JULY 2015, ANGELIC BAKEHOUSE IS NO LONGER ON OUR SAFE LIST, AS THEY HAVE BEGUN MANUFACTURING SESAME ITEMS ON SHARED LINES. THIS IS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND MEANS THAT ONCE AGAIN WE NEED TO MAKE ALL OUR OWN BREAD ITEMS AT HOME.
So what is the greatest thing since sliced bread?
Well, if you deal with sesame (plus nut, peanut, egg and dairy) allergy, it’s this: sliced wheat-based bread that you can actually buy in a store and don’t have to bake yourself from scratch.
I realize this blog is called Safe and Scrumptious from Scratch, and you know I love my bread baking… but sometimes this tired working (and now pregnant) mama just wants to make my kid a burger without ALSO making the bun. (Not to mention the mustard-free pickles.)
For the last three years, in between baking my own, I’ve been relying on a meager catalog of safer sesame/dairy/nut/egg-free breadlike items like Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles and Lender’s Frozen Whole Wheat and Plain bagels (not the fresh ones, not the egg ones). I have called bread company after bread company only to find that their dairy and egg-free bread is made on shared equipment with sesame, or their dairy and sesame-free bread is packed with eggs.
Honestly, I had given up hope.
Enter Angelic Bakehouse, and cue dramatic happy music. I found out about Angelic’s breads and buns (and baguettes! and wraps! and flatizza thingies!) through another mom in the Sesame Allergy Information and Awareness Facebook group, and was shocked to find out that not only were the breads free of sesame, they were also free of tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, and dairy. She had called to confirm with them in detail. They also have this nice public statement on their website FAQs:
Is Angelic Bakehouse allergy friendly?
Yes! We have been asked over and over again about both known and unknown allergens in our facility and products. The only known allergen used is wheat, in the form of our red wheat berries. We are TOTALLY FREE of: milk, eggs, fish (good thing too because fishy bread would be yucky), shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and soy. Additionally, we are TOTALLY seed free, including sesame. For more detailed allergen information, please submit your question here.
Their breads can be ordered online (for quite reasonable prices, though not sure of shipping costs) and are sold at a variety of natural and organic food shops, including Whole Foods.
I went looking for them today at the Whole Foods near my work, and was about to despair—I couldn’t find them in the bakery, or the freezer case, or the regular bread section. But just as I was leaving the store, a clerk chased after me to let me know I had dropped my phone (oops!) and that he had indeed located the breads and buns, squirreled away on a low shelf near the gluten-free breads (note: Angelic Bakehouse breads are NOT gluten-free—they are free of all other Top 8, but not wheat).
I practically cried, or danced, or something (the clerk seemed very understanding about it, though). I grabbed a loaf of rye, a loaf of honey wheat raisin (these breads are vegetarian, but not vegan due to the honey), two bags of burger buns and one of hot dog buns. I got in the line, I put them on the counter, I bought them, AND I TOOK THEM HOME SO MY KID COULD SAFELY EAT THEM.
It was the most surreal, dreamlike experience. I got home (trembling a little, I do NOT exaggerate) and showed my daughter the new safe breads I had found for her and she squealed in delight. (Kid is getting sick of frozen bagels, and who can blame her?)
Best of all? The bread tastes REALLY good. It’s my favorite kind—100% whole grain, with no extra nasty preservatives or ingredients. It’s also sprouted, organic and GMO-free to boot. I had a delicious Sunbutter and blackberry jam sandwich on rye for dinner, and savored every bite.
So: if this fits your allergy profile, please support this allergy-friendly bakery so they don’t go out of business and this tired pregnant mama doesn’t have to start baking ALL her own bread again!
P.S. If you ARE in the mood to MAKE your own delicious and moist dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and sesame-free hamburger buns (or can’t use the Angelic ones for some reason), I had great success this summer with this Whole Wheat Burger Bun recipe from Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes. Here’s how mine turned out—my whole family loved them (and obviously I left out the sesame seeds!):