The Cake & Crumb are a mother and daughter operation. Lorraine and Jenni run a gluten-free and wheat-free artisan bakery. They make handmade speciality breads and cakes and are based in Monaghan. They also have a range of mixes so you can bake their goodies at home. Their strapline is “gluten free, wheat free, guilt free!” I tried their brown bread mix which included pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower kernels. It was very easy to make. Just mix with water and some oil, stir together and put into a well-greased loaf pan and pop in the oven for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
What I like about this bread was the fact that it was brown bread, plus it had the seeds included. It also stayed fresh for a good few days, which often isn’t the case with wheat-free and gluten-free bread. It was very tasty, fresh and doughy. It was a good wheat-free bread mix in my opinion. However, I always feel with wheat-free and gluten-free bread that it lacks the “full” factor. You need to eat a few slices before it fills you up! I’m looking forward to trying their other mixes – chocolate brownie, madeira mix and shortcrust pastry. I’ll report back once I’ve done so!
You can order The Cake and Crumb’s products online and they often attend fairs and markets. Cake and Crumb products are also available in Supervalu Monaghan, SuperValu Johnstown Navan, McArdles ‘The Marshes’ Dundalk and McAteers The Food House Dundalk. The following are the markets they are at: every week from Monaghan Farmers Markets, 1st Sat of the month Slane Market, 2nd month Kells market and last Sat of each month Sage and Stone Duleek. Their cakes look fabulous, so if I’m ever in Monaghan I’ll be sure to stop by! Keep up the good work Lorraine and Jenni! You can also find them on Facebook.