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Artfully Yours Bakery

Certified allergen free!  A great opportunity brought to you via Kiva Zip and Two Degrees Northwest!  If you know local folks with food allergies, let them know – they will want to support a new business like this. We hope to have many more local businesses blooming thanks to Kiva loans in the future!  Lorie Higgins tried Brianna's products after "generously" offering to photograph them and said "They are SO GOOD! I would not have known they were GF and dairy and everything free!"

To learn more about the loan provided to Brianna and the Artfully Yours Bakery, visit https://zip.kiva.org/loans/557#tab_overview

To learn more about the Kiva Loan Program, please contact Melisa at (208) 983-1025 or melisa@ida-lew.org or visit the Kiva Zip website -

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Sweet, savory and safe: Pullman bakery

By Holly Bowen

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

August 10, 2013

Wearing a pink apron decorated with multicolored cupcakes, Brianna Morton stirred a large metal bowl full of lemon poppyseed muffin batter Thursday afternoon as the smell of freshly baked garlic rolls wafted through her downtown Pullman bakery.

The sights and smells were what you’d expect in the kitchen of any skilled baker, but Morton has developed a business model unique to the region.

She opened Artfully Yours Bakery on June 12, giving Palouse-area residents a regular source of sweet and savory treats that are free of the most common food allergens - gluten, nuts, eggs, soy and dairy. She said she’s also working on developing products made without corn, rice and potatoes, as well as diabetic-friendly foods.

Morton, 23, was born and raised in Pullman and spent time studying interior design at Washington State University. She said her desire to open an allergen-free bakery stemmed from her own experiences growing up on the Palouse.

“I have grown up with allergies, and I was tired of seeing all my friends eat food I couldn’t eat,” she said. “So, I was hoping for over a decade that someone would open a bakery for someone like me.”

She said several of her friends and family members also have food allergies and intolerances that can make it a challenge to eat at restaurants with shared equipment. Even if a particular food product is gluten-free, she said, it can still end up contaminated from gluten particles that have become airborne as a result of other foods being prepared in the same kitchen.

“Most people are just intolerant, not allergic,” she said. “So, that small amount of contamination doesn’t bother them.”

But, she added, people who have severe gluten allergies are taking a risk by eating foods prepared in shared kitchens. She said she has to be cautious around peanuts, which even in small amounts can cause her to suffer an anaphylactic reaction.

“I trained my staff to be very careful about not cross-contaminating,” she said of her four employees. “It’s so easily done, but so easily prevented.”

In lieu of wheat-based flour, Artfully Yours Bakery uses two different flour bases: a blend of brown rice, potato starch, tapioca and sorghum for sweet products, and a blend of brown rice, potato starch, tapioca and millet for savory products. Other base ingredients used include applesauce, flaxmeal paste, rice milk and a canola-based butter substitute.

“We’re also experimenting with quinoa and coconut flour,” Morton said.

Artfully Yours offers traditional bakery products, like cakes, cupcakes, sweet breads and muffins, in addition to savory garlic rolls and “browkies,” a combination between cookies and brownies. She said she also hopes to add more savory breads, including croissants, bagels and pizza crusts.

Morton said it can be difficult to come up with recipes that are allergen-free, yeast-free and vegan, but she’s extremely picky about texture and taste so won’t let her customers taste a subpar product.

“It’s a lot of trial and error and many failed batches,” she said, adding that “no one wants to eat cardboard.”

Although she already sells her goods at the Pullman Farmers Market, in addition to at the bakery’s new location, she said she hopes to expand her wholesale offerings. She also takes special orders, including from customers who have more uncommon allergies and need certain ingredients, like spices or even salt, omitted.

Morton said she has been receiving help from her “fantastic business advisers” - Terry Cornelison of the Washington Small Business Development Center and RandyLynn Barron, an Artfully Yours customer who offered her expertise as someone with a background in food service.

As for her own favorite treats, Morton said she especially enjoys Artfully Yours’ cranberry orange sweet bread and blueberry muffins.

Artfully Yours Bakery is located at 255 E. Main St., Suite 103, in Pullman and also has online presences at www.artfullyyoursbakery.com and www.facebook.com/artfullyyoursbakery. The bakery also has a selection of locally made artwork, jewelry, cards and cookbooks for sale. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (509) 339-6033, or email artfullyyoursbakery@gmail.com.

Last modified on Friday, 23 August 2013 15:47

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for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development

 

Phone: 208.983.8302

Address:

300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

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