“A Day in the Life of a Be Free Baker”: A Photographic Essay

So what on earth DOES a Be Free Baker actually DO? How are those Be Free Bombs made? Don’t you have a staff, or machines, like everyone else that make your specialty mixes and baked goods?

Nope. It’s just me in the kitchen, for now. And it’s all done by hand, one at a time. No machines except an oven and a hand mixer for frosting cupcakes. Oh yes, I have had phenomenal human help over the years from time to time: Kelly, Barbara, Missy, Mel and Brooke, to give proper and just credit.  I ADORE those women and am eternally grateful to have shared sacred space in my kitchen with each of them.

How does it all work? I employ the philosophy of “mise en place” and prepare my space in advance with everything I will need for the day’s work. Tools and ingredients are gathered to quickly add to recipes on the fly.

Stainless steel bowls are an integral part of any kitchen. These have never touched gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts and are dedicated exclusively to BFB.

Raw Organic Hemp Seeds

Organic, raw, natural hemp seeds – full of protein, magnesium and essential amino acids.

Journeyman Organic Bourbon

Some ingredients have their own unique appeal. We found an organic, handmade bourbon that matches the rest of our fabulous ingredients!

Organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate

Organic, fair-trade, soy-free couverture chocolate – how often do you find couverture in cookies?

DSC_0030 Food, fun, friends. A cupcake eaten alone is just a cupcake. With friends, it’s a moment of happiness.

Sure, once in a while there are setbacks or spills.  Once I dropped an entire 20# container of Cacao Mix resulting in hundreds of dollars lost and many hours of additional work. Tears flowed freely on that particular day.

Organic coconut oil

Another example of a sideways moment. This lovely spill is coconut oil, just getting ready for our coconut oat raisin cookies.

Making of a Be Free Bomb:

Each Be Free Bomb is hand scooped, hand sprinkled and topped by hand with ganache once cooled.

Hand made ganache. Spoon-licking good.

Voila! The venerable Be Free Bomb, exclusively available at Waldo Pizza in Kansas City, MO and by special order.

You can’t get too far in a blog on Be Free Bakers without talking about cookies–in particular, the chocolate chip variety. If you haven’t been lucky enough to taste this incredibly creamy, raw cookie dough made fresh, you might just need to contact me. You might not end up making any actual cookies at all.

Raw, creamy cookie dough. Is there anything on the planet better than this?

But then, hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies are probably our grandmother’s best feel-good invention ever.

And for the finale: cupcakes.  Just because.

Cappuccino Cupcakes, available at Waldo Pizza finished – or in your own kitchen, via a simple and easy mix.

About befreebakers

Be Free Bakers was started out of love - for family and friends who have food intolerances or allergies. What began as a simple act of baking has turned into a massive attempt to change the way we look at allergen friendly foods - what goes into them, where the ingredients come from, the way the products are packaged, and how they are grown and distributed throughout the world. We have enjoyed this process tremendously and can't wait to share our journey and love for eating well and loving it!
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