Josef’s Gluten-Free Bakery
194 South 8th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Oh boy, have we found a special place … Josef’s Gluten-Free Bakery. Josef and his mother, Devorah opened their bakery 8 months ago. Josef is wheat-intolerant and was inspired to produce good quality tasty GF baked goods. We headed over during one of those blizzards, and essentially had the place to ourselves. Josef couldn’t have been a nicer guy … he enthusiastically began spreading out all of his wares for us to sample. Josef’s Bakery is O.U. Certified Kosher. To comply with Kosher standards, everything he bakes is dairy-free. Also, he’s sugar-conscious and uses substitutes like honey or nothing at all. Take the Almond Muffins for instance; no sugar, just a little honey is used and the natural sweet flavor of almond makes them taste divine (Josef had us try these WARM … too good). Speaking of nuts, he also had us try his Pecan Cookies, which exploded with overwhelming pecan-y flavor. There were lemony lemon rolls, jelly rolls, garlic bread that contained no butter, but somehow tasted like it contained tons of butter, a huge cookie selection (chocolate chip, butter, sugar, pecan), muffins, and bagels, yes BAGELS. Needless to say, Kelly and I were mostly speechless, wide-eyed, and chewing. And if you can stand anymore good news, I’ll have to mention the frozen pizza crusts.
Bette Hagman’s name came up while sharing GF baking stories, and it was then that we found out that Josef is also a Bette fan and actually had somehow acquired the number to the secret Bette Bat Phone and actually spoke with her about coming to New York for a possible speaking engagement! We were very impressed, and might work with Josef to make this happen.
Josef’s Bakery also stocks many GF products like pasta, flour, etc. For those of us in the New York area, let’s make sure to support this very special place. You know how exciting it is to find really good tasting GF goods, so support support support!
Clockwise, L to R: Apple Bread (make sure to buy this, it’s incredible), Garlic Toast, Sugar Cookies, Jelly Roll, Chocolate Chip Cookies
That’s a partially eaten bagel on the right … yum.
Later, I made pizza!