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May 7, 2008 06:50 AM

Bakeries for allergy sufferers?

I got a friend who's developed an allergy to soy and eggs from chemotherapy.Are there any bakeries that cater to people who need to avoid certain ingredients?

Ideally, I'd like to find somewhere in the Long Beach area.

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  1. ooh, tough! I know how she feels, I am allergic to nuts, and some bakeries love to toss the nuts around.

    Finding stuff without soy is easier than without eggs. Eggs are kinda used in a lot of baked goods. In fact, I can't think of many baked goods that DON't use eggs. Is it the eggs, or just the yolks?

    You may instead, want to get her chocolates from a choclatier.

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    1. re: Diana

      AFAIK, it's an allergy to whole eggs, not just the yolks.

      Thanks to everyone who suggested places to try. There's gotta be bakeries out there who're really conscientious about listing all ingredients for folks who need to know.

      1. re: Diana

        With the chocolate, I would definitely check to make sure there's no soy lecithin. Don't know about local chocolatiers, but commercial chocolate often has that. Don't know if that's enough to set off the allergy.

        In terms of baked goods that don't use eggs, stuff that's vegan will obviously not have egg. As others in the thread have mentioned, bread typically doesn't use egg (other than challah or other breads that are always made with egg, or breads that have an egg wash over the top). Traditional / artisanal bread should be fine for the most part. A lot of puff pastry / phyllo based stuff, tarts, and pies don't have egg (again, unless there's an egg wash over the top or an egg cream filling).

      2. Man, tough to find something without either soy or eggs. M Cafe de Chaya and Mani's Bakery both specialize in vegan baked goods... but I'd imagine they use tofu in their baking. However, give them a call and see what they can do.

        M Cafe De Chaya
        7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        Mani's Bakery & Cafe
        519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        1. re: nick_r

          Mani's has a wide range of stuff for people with different allergies / eating habits. I think this is probably something they can accomodate. Is the allergy very strong (i.e., will she have issues if she has anything that's come into contact with egg or soy in small amounts, or just if it's present in the actual food). And find out if there's any soy in the vegan chocolate-dipped almond shortbread... so good. M Cafe should have some idea of which of their baked goods have soy. I doubt tofu is used in a lot of stuff (except maybe some of the toppings), but I'd think soy milk, soy margarine, or soybean oil might be used some.

          Baking yourself at home is probably always the safest. Subtitute Ener-G Egg Replacer (don't believe there's any soy) for eggs as a binder in baked goods, or use flax seed or banana... if she wants to avoid milk too, it can easily be replaced with almond milk or other non-soy, non-dairy milk. I've heard brownies with some special ingredients can be very helpful for some people on chemo. :>

          I imagine some chocolate (not cocoa powder, but other chocolate stuff), as well as a lot of commercial baked goods might have soy lecithin, so check carefully.

          In addition to the places suggested, Real Food Daily has some desserts and might have some ideas, and you could check Trader Joes or Whole Paycheck to see if any of their packaged vegan muffins (like the Zen Bakery ones mentioned below) or cookies are free of soy. Of course if anything has vegetable oil but doesn't say what kind, you might need to make sure it's not soybean oil.

        2. Check w/ Debbie's Sweet Organic Cupcakes, as they meet tons of dietary requests, and offer more than just cupcakes -- they'll work w/ you.

          Zen Bakery *might* work w/ you, but not sure.

          Leda's Cupcakes also has vegan cupcakes, but not sure on the soy front, so call them as well!

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          1. re: Emme

            I think Leda's uses a form of solid coconut or palm oil. Not hydrogenated.

          2. M Cafe de Chaya doesn't use eggs, although some items have soy, and they have quite a few baked goods. Sorry, not near Long Beach, but they just opened a new one in Culver City. Any place that specializes in vegan items should have baked goods without eggs, just ask them which ones don't have soy either.
            Bread is one example of baked goods that doesn't have eggs in many varieties (obviously, you should ask), so maybe she'd like a nice assortment of breads. Traditional croissant dough doesn't have eggs, either, so croissants, pain au chocolat, etc. should be ok.