Stephanie Bedford recently posted a glowing review at 77 Square of the baked goods available at The Silly Yak Bakery & Bread Barn. Located on Madison’s west side, and also a vendor at the Dane County Farmers’ Market, The Silly Yak has made a name for itself as Madison’s go-to bakery for those on a gluten-free diet. As Bedford writes,
I’ll admit to a bit of skepticism about gluten-free baking. As a hard-core baker, I’ve always shied away from substituting ingredients, partly for quality control purposes (only real butter in the frosting, never shortening) and partly because baking is a famously precise science. The mysterious chemical reactions that take place in the oven are not mine to scrutinize; like most bakers, I follow the recipe to the letter. But a sampling of treats from the Silly Yak is enough to make a true believer out of even the most loyal wheat-flour devotee….
The Silly Yak also bakes regular wheat-flour breads and desserts — the gluten-free kitchen is kept vigorously separate from the gluten-full one. However, the quality of the GF desserts is such that as an enthusiastic omnivore, I feel confident choosing from the available selections based on what I’m jonesing for, whether it’s wheat-free or not.
For all the details, check out Bedford’s full piece.