238 Oxford Avenue has been one thing of a baked items mecca for a couple of years now. Till not too long ago, the terrace on the Bondi Junction finish of Oxford Avenue was dwelling to the much-loved Prepare dinner & Baker, the place queues across the nook have been a standard sight. Having grown from a market stall into a totally fledged enterprise in underneath three years, the house’s new resident – Hudson’s Bakery – is attracting a equally dedicated consumer base, with the primary level of distinction being the extent of gluten in its meals.
Based in 2020 by Sandra Hudson, Hudson’s is a wholly gluten-free bakery, providing every little thing from lamingtons to breadsticks and sticky caramel slices to a crowd that always struggles to search out baked items that match their dietaries.
After working as a marketing consultant after which companion at one other fashionable Sydney bakery, Sandra was inspired to arrange her personal completely gluten-free baking vary by her pals, who – gluten-intolerant or in any other case – couldn’t get sufficient of her triple-chocolate cookies. Two years later, the Hudson’s Bakery market stalls – at Carriageworks and Cambridge Markets – had gained such a following that organising a separate house grew to become a necessity.
Hudson’s first bodily retailer on Previous South Head Highway closed on the finish of 2021, and the brand new retailer is a step up from its former (charmingly low-fi) digs. The scent of Hudson’s bafflingly gentle gluten-free loaves wafts by the light-filled house, and a whitewashed desk on the road is crowded with joyful folks tucking into carrot cake loaded with icing, and toasties filled with turkey and cranberry sauce. Batch-brewed espresso and tea is served for cookie-dunking functions, and cabinets are stacked with packets of crunchy bark crackers and gingerbread biscuits.
Keen to assist her gluten-intolerant buyer base take pleasure in good meals at dwelling, Hudson and head baker Kirsten Paris additionally supply takeaway dishes akin to lasagne, stout pie and a seasonal crumble.
Having labored in kitchens the world over – from France to Canada to Japan – Paris isn’t gluten-intolerant, and approached recipe growth with none preconceptions concerning the limitations of gluten-free baking. Consequently, the Hudson’s menu is delightfully granola-bar free – suppose chewy sesame bagels, candy and savoury muffins, a variety of pizzas and the wealthy chocolate brownies, which invariably promote out each Saturday on the Carriageworks market stall.
The momentary Bondi retailer was characterised by its community-centric strategy, and that’s one thing the Hudson’s crew is eager to take care of. The ethos is about making gluten-intolerant folks really feel cherished.
“Like while you go to your grandma’s as a toddler and he or she’s bought a particular creation ready for you each time. I would like each one that walks by the door to really feel like crucial individual on the planet,” Hudson tells Broadsheet.
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