At this year’s Gluten-Free Expo there were a number of gluten-free bakeries on hand with samples of their yummy creations, but this Examiner kept hearing about one bakery over and over again: Magnolia Manor Sweets.
Magnolia Manor Sweets is owned and operated by Marianne Pizzitola out of a dedicated kitchen in Sharpsburg, GA. Marianne is a retired NYC firefighter and began her business because her personal trainer is a celiac and couldn’t find good substitutes for bread or cookies. Marianne put her culinary skills learned at Johnson and Wales to the test and she has created an impressive product line that includes: bread (foccacia, mock rye, bialy, buns), muffins, cookies, cakes, pizza crust, crackers and more.
All of their products are free of: gluten, dairy/casein, soy and nuts. Only a few of the dishes contain eggs. She uses rice milk, unrefined coconut oil, Enjoy Life chocolate, agave nectar, local honey and evaporated cane juice, cane sugar, and India Tree Natural food coloring in her baking.
Since Sharpsburg isn’t just around the corner it wasn’t until the Expo that this Examiner was able to try her products and boy have we been missing out. Their top sellers at the event were the Everything Crackers and the Bialy Sandwich Bread which both sold out. This Examiner didn’t get over there early enough to try either, but I was able to get a sample of the pumpkin muffins and I was extremely impressed with the taste and texture.
The pumpkin muffin had so many layers of flavor and the texture was almost creamy like eating a piece of pumpkin pie except it was a muffin. The muffin is moist and the organic spices really kick it up a notch. A lot of care goes into creating the perfect blend of ingredients that come together to create such an explosion of taste. The muffins are huge and we only ate half at a time to make them last longer.
Unfortunately Magnolia Manor Sweets products are not carried at any of the local stores, so orders have to be placed directly with the company. Here are the ingredients for some of the products sold at the Expo.
- Pumpkin Muffin: GF flour blend, pure pumpkin puree, organic evaporated cane juice, eggs, molasses, and a blend of organic spices. The muffins are $3 each and are sold in
packages of six.
- Everything Crackers are a take on the flavor of a New York style Everything bagel. The flour blend is quinoa based, and can be made sugar free by using organic agave nectar. Organic poppy, sesame, and caraway seeds, salt, and onion and garlic round out the ingredients. The crackers are about 6 oz. and sell for $4.50
- Bialy Sandwich bread is again based on a New York flavor. A bialy, if you are not familiar, it is like a bagel but the hole in the center does not go all the way through, but kind of a dimple that has minced onion and poppy seeds mixed in. This bread uses an ivory teff flour blend, organic agave nectar, minced onion, poppy seeds, and olive oil. The bread is almost two pounds, which is about 21 slices and it cost $10 per loaf.
Check out their website and send Marianne an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 678-664-GFGA (678-664-4342 ) with any questions.
Sometimes we can get in a food rut and it is important to me to try new gluten-free products and spread the word when I find something I believe to be exceptional!