Although none of my resolutions involved eating organic or cutting back on gluten, I know a lot of people worry about those things. I also know that a lot of people would have made the resolution to be more eco-friendly. Fitting, then, that just before Christmas the Honeyrose Bakery got in touch saying they’d like to send me lots of baked goods to review because they are organic, gluten-free and environmentally friendly.
According to the gentleman I spoke to at Honeyrose, organic has suffered a bit recently. Supermarkets have stopped stocking it because they thought it was a luxury, and this then became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The UK is the only EU country with falling organic sales because there is such little government support.
The first thing I tried was a Mini Triple Chocolate Cookie. Being gluten-free it was very crumbly, more like a biscuit than a cookie, but that’s no bad thing. It’s not something I’d recommend for a casual chocolate fan, though — the chocolate flavour was intense and almost bitter. Heavenly.
Then I had the cakes. One was carrot and one was banana. Both had a similar dense, slightly dry texture, but the taste was absolutely incredible. The slight dryness was easily combated by smothering the carrot cake in cream cheese (which you should do with carrot cake anyway) and drizzling the banana cake with toffee sauce. Utterly gorgeous.
The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the lime and coconut macaroons. They again were very dense and chewy, so the three I pulled out were too heavy even for my greedy stomach, but the flavour was very, very strong. However I feel I should mention at this point that I don’t actually like coconut so I’m not exactly the best person to ask! I’d love to try one that was cherry and almond flavour, though, as I think the thick texture would really suit those flavours.
My favourite thing from the box was the brownies. Just look at those big chunky bits of nut! You couldn’t tell that these were gluten-free at all, they were great. The inside was chewey, the outside was shiny and they were very nice indeed.
If you want to learn more about organic food, the Honeyrose Bakery has a great little section on their site. They also explain how they try to be environmentally friendly. And if you want to try some of these treats for yourself, they explain where you can find their products in store.
Are you gluten-free? Tempted by any of these? Or have you tried them already?
Love, Amy xx