Amo Torta | Gluten and Wheat Free Delights

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Carolyn Ferri through in Glasgow. Carolyn is the founder of Amo Torta, a bakery that specialises in gluten and wheat free delights (among other intolerances). We met up outside Princes Sq and headed to the Starbucks just round the corner where I was treated to my very first Toffee Nut Latte (oh lordy they are amazing!) and we got down to the chatting/very informal interview.

Amo Torta translated from Italian to English simply means, I love cake. I love that. It's such a simple name but let's be honest, how many times have you said 'I love cake'. I know I say it often enough. The company was started in April of this year and is growing more and more as the days go on.

After Carolyn and other members of her family developed intolerances to gluten and other products due to health complications, they tried supermarket 'free from' ranges only to be disappointed. There wasn't much in the range to choose from and they just didn't taste the same. I can imagine how disappointing that would be.  Caroyln took this matter into her own hands and started experimenting in the kitchen. Taking recipes from her gran and cookery books, she started adapting them to suit those with gluten/wheat intolerances. Taking these experiments out and asking people to try them alongside their gluten filled brothers and sisters to see if they could tell which one was which. Personally, I think this a great way of finding out if your product is a good un!

Amo Torta is gaining momentum within Glasgow, Carolyn has attended Granny Would Be Proud (GWBP, vintage, fashion, arts, design and craft fairs that aims to promote small, independent creatives), various farmers markets, the very well known Sloans Market (held every Sat and Sun 11am-5pm running from Buchanan Street to Argyle Street, a must for anyone who loves to buy from independent traders!). You can also find Amo Torta products being sold in Roots and Fruits in Argyle Street and Snugglemuffin on George Street, who knows where else in the future! ;)

Before we parted ways, I had to ask what the bestsellers were, I can't help it, I'm nosey! At the stalls and farmer markets it tends to be the caramel shortbread, nutella brownies and cupcakes. At the coffee shops it's more the lemon and poppyseed cake, carrot cake and empire biscuits. Caroyln very kindly gave me a wee box of treats to take home and try for myself. Inside my goody box was a gingerbread man, a slice of carrot cake and a slice of coffee and walnut cake. I tried all three of them despite not being a huge fan of carrot cake and hating most things coffee flavoured. They all tasted amazing! I doubt I would have been able to tell the difference between them and other cakes with gluten in them. They were moist and the flavours were amazing! I can definitely see me trying more of Carolyn's bakery treats in the future!

You can read more about Amo Torta on the website and you can also follow/like on Twitter and Facebook. If you are in the Glasgow area, I totally recommend you pop down to Snugglemuffin or Roots and Fruits to try some for yourself!

1 comment:

  1. ooh id love to try their cakes!! i live a lot further north than glasgow so won't be able to...gutted! wish there were more places like that across the country as so many people have intolerances!im now following your blog girlie!:)x


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