In addition to her full-time career as a lawyer, Stacy Malinow of Dix Hills is filing a culinary appeal on behalf of gluten-free baking. His year-old company, Bliss Pastries, argues that wheat isn’t a requirement for delicious cookies and brownies.
When her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005, Malinow didn’t even know what gluten was. (It’s a protein found in wheat — and some other grains — that produces a dangerous immune response in people with celiac disease and digestive issues in people with gluten sensitivity.)
Malinow was never a baker, but she has started experimenting with alternatives to wheat so her daughter won’t be left behind when it comes to festive cakes and cookies. Gradually, a “When Harry Met Sally” situation developed: Other children started asking, “Can I have what she has?” The parents were just as enthusiastic as their children. (And this reporter couldn’t have guessed that the cookies were gluten-free, either.)
She had always dreamed of turning her hobby into a business, and during the pandemic she realized that her business didn’t have to be a big business. In a licensed kitchen, she began focusing on two classic treats: chocolate chip cookies and brownies, playing with different proportions of brown and white rice flours, potato flour and starch. , tapioca and xanthum gum to perfect every recipe. She named her business “Bliss” for the feeling she hoped her products would give to her customers.
The brownies (which are also nut- and dairy-free) come individually wrapped ($3.75) or in packs of four ($12). The nut-free chocolate chip cookies are individually wrapped ($2.50), in packs of 9-10 ($10.50), and in party-sized “pies,” the largest of which measure 12 inches in diameter and feeds 4 to 6 ($25). Malinow will decorate any size for an additional $5.
Bliss Pastries provides free deliveries between Plainview and Commack and orders can be picked up in Dix Hills. Malinow also sells its products to a growing number of Long Island stores, including Azaleas in Rockville Center, Eats & Treats in North Massapequa, So Sveglio in Lindenhurst, Entenmann’s Family Bakery in East Meadow, Kitchen Kabaret in Roslyn Heights, Great Harvest Bakery in Woodbury, Lota Veco in East Northport and Taste NY at the Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills. For more information, call 917-972-0377, email [email protected] or visit blisspastries.com.