Lowell and I did not believe that a delicious gluten-free bread existed until our neighbor who works at Luce’s Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Berkeley Heights brought us a few of breads to try. We were very pleasantly surprised to try crisp, crusted breads that were tasty and worth eating.
This is how it started. Owner/baker Charles Luce was struck with celiac disease in 2002. Once he went on a gluten-free diet he realized that if he was going to enjoy his new lifestyle he would have to make his own baked goods as the commercial versions were inferior. Calling on his long-dormant skills, (he started baking at the age of 4) and along with his visual arts expertise, he started to experiment with baking gluten-free breads. It took him 7 years to perfect, but now chef Luce produces an excellent, rustic bread with no additives or enrichments, which he sells at his bakery in Berkeley Heights. He also sells online a baking bag mix which includes a dough support sheet, dusting flour, instructions, and his unique flour blend. The only ingredient needed is water. New Italian, Bold Buckwheat Premium, OMG Flatbread, Really Rye, Mile High Pancake Mix, and Classic Sourdough are available. Bulk mixes can also be purchased, which include flour in five pre-measured bags. His bakery, which sells fresh baked breads, is located at 117 Industrial Road, Berkeley Heights (201-725-8706) and is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 PM and Saturday from noon to 4 PM.
We loved the Bold Buckwheat Premium
Luce’s sourdough baguettes
Photos courtesy of Charles Luce
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