Don’t hate me because I am full of butter!
Let me preface this by stating: This is NOT directed at those who have a genuine allergy of any ingredient or those who choose to eat a certain way. It is a statement on how I do things in my kitchen.
There is so much emphasis today on modifying recipes to make them ‘diet friendly’. This may take on many forms, whether it means removing the butter, using low fat or non-dairy milk instead of the real thing, nut free, sugar free, gluten free, wheat free, low salt, low calorie, egg free, vegan…. well, you get the idea. It’s a baking minefield!
By all means, you can eat what ever you wish, don’t let me stop you. But please, please don’t be offended if I have nothing to offer you when you ask if I sell vegan cupcakes or if those friands are nut fee. In the case of true anaphylactics or sufferers of other conditions, I would rather lose you as a customer than kill you or make you very ill.
I prepare all of my food in an area that regularly has contact with nuts and other allergens, I just will not take the risk! Most people are very understanding but there is an (admittedly tiny) element of people who think that the whole world needs to change for them and their individual requirements. I’m afraid these types just need to understand that not everything is going to be suitable for them. It’s like shopping in a big and tall men’s store when you’re a size 6 woman and complaining that everything is too big!
There are many, many bakers doing great things out there with modified recipes for the wide and varied dietary needs we see these days; that is their point of difference and it fills a need for society. My point of difference is using real butter, full fat everything, making my wheat and butter filled pastries from scatch and using the highest quality, local ingredients.
I don’t apologise for the fact that my pastries contain fat, sugar, flour and all of the other things that have been branded as evil by society. They taste amazing and what is the point in life if we can indulge every now and then?
So the moral of my story? Everything in moderation, I eat all of the things I make, but I eat them in small amounts and I exercise to keep the pastry kilos at bay. You only get one shot at life and you wont lie on your deathbed wishing you didn’t eat that Croissant, you just need to stop at one!