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While entering the small, wooden and peaceful cafe, the staff greets their customers with a big smile. Whether it is raining or excruciating hot, the staff is kind enough to ask about their customer’s day. The staff is willing to recommend anything that people often ask for, such as the personal “Create Your Own” pan pizza or the chocolate pecan cake.
The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe was established in 2006 by two Australian registered nurses, Rita Sturzbecher and John Apostolovic. In 2011, Sturzbecher was recognized as one of the top ten bread bakers in America. The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe sells everyone’s favorite foods, including gluten-free and dairy-free products.
Once the meal has been ordered, staff will quickly set out a basket of fresh, gluten-free biscuits — your choice of flaxseed or white. It is complemented with gluten-free butter, which is very satisfying.
The staff recommended the “Create Your Own” Pizza. You can choose from different toppings such as bacon bits, spinach and chicken. The crust is very crunchy while the middle is soft — the perfect way to eat a pizza. Both chicken and bacon bits are crispy and tender with a delicious flavor of the spices used. Although the pizza is crunchy and crispy, it satisfies your hunger by melting in your mouth.
After you finish your pizza, you’ll be guilt-free since the crust is gluten-free. Upon request, you can also have a dairy-free pizza. While eating the pizza, your fingers will not have the same texture that other brands have. For those who are in a strict low-fat diet this pizza will be perfect to satisfy cravings.
The staff recommends the South African Rooibos tea — just make sure to add a packet of Stevia to quench your thirst and to taste the sweetness of the red tea.
The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of gluten-free and dairy-free pastries. The staff recommends chocolate pecan cake, which is layered with chocolate mousse and adorned with crushed pecans around the slice of cake. The half pecans are surrounded with a candy-like filling and frosted with a creamy, chocolate mousse. The dairy-free slice of cake is very moist, and melts in your mouth the second it hits your tongue. The slice of cake can easily be shared by two people due to the large serving size.
The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of take-home foods, such as cookie dough, pie crusts, pastry dough, salad dressing, among others at a reasonable price. You can also find their selected products at limited H-E-B locations in San Antonio.
After buying the first pizza crust or dough, The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of recipes on their website. The recipes include a delicious banana bread, gluten-free french toast and how to freeze and store gluten free bread articles. The categories range from bread, cakes, cookies, desserts, frosting and glaze, pastries, sandwiches and wraps, sauces and spreads recipes.
Do not be startled once you receive your receipt. Although a bit pricey, the delicious, glu-ten-free pizza and dairy free chocolate cake compensates for its heavy price tag.
You can find the homelike cafe on 3610 Avenue B. San Antonio, Texas 78209. The cafe serves their daily menu from Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Join them on Sundays for brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Little Aussie’s Bakery and Cafe kitchen closes at 5:30 p.m., but you can pick up your favorite desserts and products until 6 p.m. Prices range from $4-$20. For menu options, tutorials or information, visit thelittleaussiebakery.com.