Croissants, pastries, cakes, sweet and savory leavened products: the pastry shops in Milan where you can buy homemade gluten-free bread and desserts suitable for celiacs. And even find Sicilian sfogliatelle and cassata
The pastry shops and local specialized in products gluten free they are on the rise; luckily for the celiacs of Milan who can finally find suitable products for them. The era of industrial sweets to buy in pharmacies is therefore over, and you can find excellent pastry shops where you can buy sweets, cakes, pastries, bread, strictly gluten-free leavened and suitable for celiacs. Where they even make Sicilian sfogliatelle or cassata: obviously gluten free.
Because gluten-free is not easy
Gluten is a protein, its peculiarity is to be able to create a mesh called gluten in the mixing phase which retains water and fat inside and makes highly hydrated cohesive doughs workable. The alveoli and the volume of a panettone or the structure of a pastry as well as bread and other leavened products develop thanks to gluten. Eliminating it is therefore not technically so easy and to create a whole range of desserts to open a gluten-free pastry shop, you have to completely revolutionize your way of working and use new techniques and ingredients for pastry doughs. It is not a small job.
It is one thing to serve desserts that do not include gluten in the recipe, like a meringue, another thing is to be able to recreate the softness of a cake without being able to use wheat flour. Flours of other cereals and legume proteins are often used as substitutes, but to find the same experience in a gluten-free croissant there are really numerous attempts (and even failures).
After all, sweets are a pleasure, and if they are not good … what pleasure is it?
In recent years the gluten free world has grown a lot, certainly now diagnoses are simpler and faster. Then there is the disorder called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is the subject of research and is still difficult to define and diagnose. The fact is that, partly for fashion, partly for hypochondria, gluten-free has exploded. Many have launched into the business, but not all of them are able to really affect nutritional and gastronomic needs at the same time: after all, sweets are a pleasure, and if they are not good … what pleasure is it?
These pastry shops that we have selected do not survive by fashion, quite the contrary, since the quality of the desserts is often indistinguishable from that of a classic pastry and the level is still absolutely satisfactory. For gluten-free desserts and celiacs who do not regret classic pastry.
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Text by Jacopo Giavara, Margo Schachter