Sweet Ali's Bakery | Hinsdale, Il
Chicagoans, you have a fine gluten-free bakery on your hands with Sweet Ali's Bakery (and Rose's Bakery too from what I tried at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo). I LOVE Sweet Ali's pound cake. The tiny taste I had at the expo only whet my appetite for more, and that's saying a lot since I was not hungry in the slightest (to find out why click here).
Sweet Ali's Bakery is located in Hinsdale, which is an area that reminds me very much of Greenwich, CT. Immediately upon entering the bakery I spied some delectable looking treats in the case, but also noticed that they offer frozen pizzas and pre-packaged dry goods, including a few pacakges of Da Luciano's pasta.
After scoping the situation out, and chatting with the friendly clerk for a few minutes, I finally decided to go home with a loaf of pound cake (of course), a dairy-free strawberry cupcake, and a chocolate donut with rainbow sprinkles.
Later that night, after dinner at Quartino, I opened up my box of treats and took a bite of the donut first to see what it was all about. Sadly enough, I wasn't crazy about the donut at all. It had a very heavy, dough-like taste to it that wasn't appealing to me.
The strawberry cupcake on the other hand was incredible. The cake was light, buttery and fluffy, and the frosting was creamy with a subtle hint of strawberry flavor. I didn't want to eat it since I was beyond full by this point, but with the help of the tot, we destroyed it in minutes.
I saved the pound cake and took it back home with me. The pound cake is probably one of the best gluten-free things I've ever eaten. The flavor was very close to Sara Lee Pound Cake, which was a rare and glorified treat for me when I was growing up. It's wasn't as dense as the Sara Lee version, but it still had that delicious crust that gets stuck to the pan, which I scooped up with a spoon. Clearly they are up to witchcraft in their bakery if they can make gluten-free baked goods that taste this good. They also do internet orders and I have a feeling they just might be seeing a few orders of pound cake from me really soon.