Rising Hearts Bakery has been a trusted and delicious gluten-free bakery in the LA community before gluten-free became a catchphrase. Prior to being called Rising Hearts, the bakery used to be called The Sensitive Baker, and both names perfectly describe the care and diligence that goes into making this place such a paradise for those living with food intolerances, allergies and celiac disease. We sat down with head baker, recipe developer and bakery manager Ursula Siker to learn more about the bakery and how she got involved in the gluten-free baking business.
On a recent roadtrip to Julian, CA (small former gold-mining town, known also for their apple pie – including Gluten-Free apple pie!), we made a pit stop near the freeway in Temecula. Expecting to find the typical rest stop options, I was shocked to find a cafe/bakery completed dedicated to gluten-free foods! When I walked into So Good Gluten Free Foods, I was like a kid in a candy store. Not only do they make their own breads, they have a whole case full of yummy bakery items. I ordered a turkey sandwich, which came on their gluten/vegan/soy-free flatbread with veganaise, and one of their award-winning gluten/diary/soy-free chocolate brownies. The bread for the sandwich tasted like “real” non-GF bread, with a texture that wasn’t too dense or brittle as some GF breads tend to be. The brownie was heavenly – perfect texture and amount of chocolatey-ness!
So Good Gluten Free was started in 2010 by husband and wife Lindy Pine and Devin Rusk. They started the business in response to Lindy’s need to follow a gluten-free diet as a result of Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid disease. Devin then started eating gluten-free as well and found that his new diet cleared up his acid reflux and a few other ailments. All of their goods are gluten-free, soy-free and free of preservatives. All of their bakery goods looked so tempting, and Devin was this close to convincing me to buy a box of cupcakes, but I figured cupcakes + apple pie just might be a bit of overkill 🙂 Next time I’m in the area though I am definitely stopping by for another freshly baked treat!