Allergen-free dinner rolls from Annie May’s Sweet Café a must at any dinner table

Annie May's Sweet Café Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls
Annie May’s Sweet Café Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls

Product: Annie May’s Sweet Café Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls – $4.50

So, I got a little impulsive when I was at Annie May’s Sweet Café on Saturday morning.  It happens.  Especially after a good race.  And even more so after having not been to the cafe for two weeks.  Two long weeks.  UGH!  Way too long to be away from my favorite place to grab food that I know I can safely eat.  But, I’m finally back in town for a little while and that means…I’m back to my routine.

After running a great 5K race in Louisville on Saturday, my roomie and I headed to Frankfort Avenue and pulled up (FINALLY!) into Annie May’s Sweet Café parking lot.  It was breakfast sandwich time.  And as we were sitting there noshing on our delicious breakfast (which also included an allergen-free doughnut…because…they are doughnuts and I love them!), Cathy spotted a bag of dinner rolls up on the top of the bakery case.

While we were polishing off breakfast, she asked if I wanted to get them to try.  I gave her that, “Are you really asking me that?” look and nodded my head while happily stuffing my face with more of the allergen-free vegan breakfast sausage sandwich.  With that decided and our breakfast consumed, we went to the bakery case (where I resisted ordering one of the amazing chocolate chip cookies…despite really, really wanting one) and just snagging up one of the two bags of the allergen-free dinner rolls.  We went to the register, paid for them, and went on our way.

I had no idea what I was going to use them for at that point.  But my roommate had suggested I make tzatziki with the cucumbers I got in my CSA bin.  And I had these gluten-free and vegan pablano chickpea patties in my freezer so I thought…why not make sort of a mock falafel slider?  These dinner rolls would definitely make the perfect slider buns.  Saturday we indulged in both Annie May’s Sweet Café and then gluten-free crepes from Sweet ‘N Savory Food Truck at Louisville’s Buy Local Fair.  So, we were pretty full upon returning home that day.  But…that’s what Sunday’s are made for.

Sunday evening, I made up my homemade tzatziki and then got the poblano chickpea patties into the oven.  While they were starting to cook, I got the bag of dinner rolls off the counter and undid the tie.  I pulled out all six of the dinner rolls (carb happiness, yes?) and put them all on a baking sheet.  When the chickpea patties were about halfway done, I slid the dinner rolls into the oven to toast for about 15 minutes at 350°F, just to get them golden crispy on the outside.  I did make sure I watched them though, as I didn’t want them to burn.  The chickpea patties and rolls finished at the same time.  I let them both stand for a minute while I sliced up a leaf of romaine lettuce and pulled the tzatziki out of the fridge.

Annie May's Sweet Cafe Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls
Annie May’s Sweet Cafe Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls

Now…the fun part.  I sliced each of the dinner rolls in half.  They were so soft and steamy on the inside.  They looked absolutely fantastic.  It was definitely food porn of the drool=worthy type.  I placed a dollop of tzatziki on each bottom half of the dinner roll, added some lettuce, put 1/3 of each patty over the lettuce, topped it off with a little more tzatziki, then put the top of the dinner roll over it.  BAM…instant mock falafel sliders.  All gluten-free.  LOVING it.

But, the real test would come with the dinner rolls.  How would they hold up?  How would they taste?

I should have known, given that these came from Annie May’s…that they would be epically awesome.  I never doubted it for a moment, to be honest.  One bite…and I knew that these little dinner rolls had to come to Thanksgiving with me this year.  They were soft to begin with, but I wanted to be sure they could hold up to the sliders I was making.  So, just that short time in the oven and they got this golden crispness on the outside, but remained soft on the inside.  It was dinner roll perfection.  And, they didn’t hollow out.  You actually got an entire dinner roll.  They were light and fluffy on their own, without skimping on the bread part on the inside.  They tasted awesome.  Perfect.  And completely allergen-free.

Annie May’s Sweet Café lists the ingredients for these allergen-free dinner rolls as millet flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, quinoa flour, water, olive oil, egg replacer, agave nectar, apple cider vinegar, and xanthan gum.  I recognize all of those ingredients and think that they have really hit the nail on the head when it comes to their bread mix.  The flours they use just bake up beautifully.  Light.  Not dense.  Not heavy.  And perfect.  I was in love with every bite.  And I meant it when I said I would buy a dozen or so of these for Thanksgiving, which I am hosting this year and keeping gluten-free…because that’s how my kitchen is.

A big shout-out to my local gluten-free bakery, Annie May’s Sweet Café for once again bringing me allergen-free perfection.  This time…in the form of a simple dinner roll.  Sometimes it’s these little things in life…these little kitchen miracles I bring home from your business…that make my gluten-free life so much more amazing.  I love you…and can’t wait to try more of your goodies that I have yet to try.  Until then…see you on Saturday for breakfast.

Mock Falafel Sliders made using Annie May's Sweet Cafe Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls and Moo Moo's Vegetarian Cuisine Vegan & Gluten-Free Poblano Chick(pea) Patties
Mock Falafel Sliders made using Annie May’s Sweet Cafe Allergen-Free Dinner Rolls and Moo Moo’s Vegetarian Cuisine Vegan & Gluten-Free Poblano Chick(pea) Patties

Forget the frozen store brands, the best gluten-free hamburger buns are from Annie May’s Sweet Café

Annie May's Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns
Annie May’s Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns

Product: Annie May’s Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns – $5.50+

You might have realized that I spend a lot of time at my local allergen-free bakery.  There is a reason for that.  Not only do they provide some of the best food in Louisville, Kentucky, but owners Annie May and Kenna put a lot of time, care, and love into the products they serve up.  And it’s not just cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and the like.  Nope.  They provide lunches and even breakfast every Saturday morning.  Oh yes…this is more than your average bakery.

One of my favorite things to get when I head into Annie May’s Sweet Café every Saturday is their Allergen-Free Vegan Breakfast Sandwich, which consists of a vegan and gluten-free sausage, made by Louisville’s own Grind (a food truck!), Daiya cheese, and all of it goes on this amazing roll.  Ever since I first had one of these breakfast sausages, I had been trying to figure out what they use for the bread.

And, after browsing about the case inside the shop on Saturday morning…it all became clear.  It appears they toast up and use their very own allergen-free (gluten-free and vegan) hamburger buns.  With this incredible revelation, I had to have some for myself.  After all, I had tons of fresh produce to use, so I figured I could do up some of my homemade vegan and gluten-free black bean and soy chorizo burgers and make use of the amazing and very light hamburger buns.

So…yes…I purchased them.

I mean…they were one of my favorite parts of the breakfast sandwich.  I had to have some for my own use.  So, yes…I brought home a pack of four.  And tonight, I mixed up the ingredients for my burgers and prepped all the veggies, some hand-cut shoestring fries from organic russet potatoes, and then sauteed up some shallots and white button mushrooms for these burgers as well.  One thing I did have every intention of doing, however, was toasting those buns like they do at the café for their breakfast sandwiches.  So, after unwrapping two of them, I gave each a light spritz with olive oil, then placed them on the skillet to get a light toasting on them.

Annie May's Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns
Annie May’s Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns

With the burgers on the skillet, and the buns getting a light toasting, I got everything ready to plate.  And with the homemade fries fresh and crisp from the oven, I started to stack them on the plate.  I took one half of each bun and set it on each plate.  Bibb lettuce was the next addition, followed by the vegan and gluten-free black bean and soy chorizo burger I mixed up.  I melted some cheese over each patty and then stacked some shallots, mushrooms, sliced cherry tomato, and avocado on top.  It then got a light spread of vegan sriracha sour cream.  Then…the top of the bun was placed over the entire burger, completing the package.

Dinner was served.

And…yes…these hamburger buns are exactly what they use on Saturday mornings for those amazing breakfast sandwiches.  Oh.  My.  God.  I was so thrilled to be able to have these in the comfort of my own home this evening with my dinner.  They are so light, fluffy, and delicious.  They have this subtle buttery flavor to them, which just makes them taste all the more amazing.  And they hold up, even with all the layers and textures going on in my homemade veggie burgers.  That’s the best part.  These buns didn’t flake or wilt or grow soggy.  They remained in one piece and, despite being so light in texture, they are sturdy.

The remaining two will be used tomorrow when I toast up the other two homemade veggie burger patties I have already prepared.

Annie May’s Sweet Café is one of those little gems that Louisville should realize how fortunate it is to have in the city.  I would be lost without my allergen-friendly bakery.  I have enjoyed not only the sweet treats, but also the savory pieces I have picked up from there, eaten there, and purchased to take home for later.  Everything is made with great care, and the owners pour their heart and soul into every product they put out for the public.

With the onset of summer, I am hoping hours will be extended once again so I can make it over there for dinners sometimes.  Their daily specials always sound so intriguing, but I work in Indiana and don’t get out of work in time to make it over there currently to enjoy their specials.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert…all in one place.

And, you can easily purchase their baked goods, including their hamburger buns, right there at the shop.  So head over to Frankfort Avenue and give their products a try.  You’ll never guess that all of them are gluten-free…and most are also allergen-free.  And all of it…super delicious.

These hamburger buns, especially, make a nice addition to the dinner table.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Go in there and purchase some for yourself.  They’ll beat out any store-bought brand from the freezer any day!

My homemade gluten-free and vegan black bean and soy chorizo burger sandwiched between Annie May's Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns (shown with homemade hand-cut shoestring fries)
My homemade gluten-free and vegan black bean and soy chorizo burger sandwiched between Annie May’s Sweet Café Allergen-Free Hamburger Buns (shown with homemade hand-cut shoestring fries)

Cookies taken from great to super with Annie May’s Sweet Café’s Super Cookies

Annie May's Sweet Café Gluten-Free Super Cookie
Annie May’s Sweet Café Gluten-Free Super Cookie

Product: Annie May’s Sweet Café Gluten-Free Super Cookie – $3.99

I’ve stated it in the past two posts I have done on cookies from Annie May’s Sweet Café in Louisville, Kentucky.  Nothing will ever, ever top their allergen-free chocolate chip cookies.  For real.  They are, by far, the best and most amazing gluten-free cookies that I have ever had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into.  For real.  They don’t get much better than this.  Buttery, smooth, soft, chewy, sweet…perfection.

Could it get any better?

Oh…believe it or not…it can.

How, you might ask?

By making a chocolate dipped cookie sandwich out of them, of course.  I mean, when something is already as amazing as a single allergen-free chocolate chip cookie…take two of them, place some amazing icing between them and dip half of the cookie in dark chocolate.  What emerges is what Annie May’s likes to call their Super Cookies.

Super sinfully satisfying, that’s for damn sure.  Be prepared to share, because these cookies are epic big and epic filling.  But worth every calorie-filled sweet, indulgent bite.

For real.

I have been eying the Super Cookies for a long while now.  Especially after the amazing yumminess of the chocolate chip cookies on their own.  How could two with filling and chocolate be bad?  It can’t.  It can only elevate the already amazing flavor of the cookies.  I can guarantee that.

After a long run this morning, my roomie and I decided to head to Annie May’s for our usual Saturday breakfast.  But, as an added bonus, we picked up one of the Super Cookies after I stared longingly at it the entire time we were there.  Hey…my sweet tooth was acting up.  I can’t help it.  We agreed that we would get one cookie to split between us as dessert tonight, so we got it wrapped up to go and headed out for a day full of grocery shopping and hitting up a few stores in search of some items we have been searching for.

Then, after dinner tonight, I excitedly pulled out the Gluten-Free Super Cookie (this is not vegan) from Annie May’s Sweet Café and carved it in half.  One half went to Cathy…the other half was mine.

One bite.  One sinful bite and I was transported back to the days my sister and I would fill up on The Great American Cookie Company’s Double Doozy cookies.  Except…these were far tastier…far more delicious…far more indulgent…far more…EVERYTHING.  Take what you know about chocolate chip cookie sandwiches and multiply it to the nth degree.  Because that is how amazing the Super Cookies are from Annie May’s Sweet Café.  I wanted to savor each bite.  I tried.  But the sweetness kept luring me in for another bite.  Then another.  And before I knew it…I was left only with crumbs and the lingering taste on my palate.

Yeah…my favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookie elevated to the next level.  Not a thing wrong in the world with that.  Not one thing.

Just bliss.  Sweet, satisfying, sinful bliss.  Creamy, chocolatey, cookie goodness…bite-for-bite.  Entice your inner cookie monster today.  Head to Annie May’s Sweet Café and get one for yourself.  Super delicious Super Cookies from the super bakery…Annie May’s!

Something this sinfully sweet never tasted so good.