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    UK Entrepreneur Bets Big on Gluten-Free Cornish Pasties

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      Marion Symonds, has opened the largest gluten free pasty factory in the country.

    Caption: Gluten-Free Cornish Pasties. Photo: CC--Mario

    Celiac.com 02/06/2018 - If you've never had a Cornish pasty, you really have been missing out. If you have celiac disease or need to eat gluten-free, then you've also likely been missing out, because nearly all Cornish pasties are made with wheat flour. In the UK, that is about to change.

    So imagine the delight of the gluten-free folks in Pool, UK at hearing the news that one of Cornwall's leading businesswoman, Marion Symonds, has opened the largest gluten free pasty factory in the country.

    A Cornish pasty is a a traditional baked pastry associated with Cornwall, UK. According to Wikipedia, Cornish pasties are made "by placing an uncooked filling, typically meat and vegetables, on one half of a flat shortcrust pastry circle, folding the pastry in half to wrap the filling in a semicircle and crimping the curved edge to form a seal before baking." It's meat, potatoes, and other good things well-cooked and made up into a very portable a form.

    Mrs. Symonds began her entrepreneurial baking career 30 years ago with Portreath Bakery. She now employs 47 staff, including 12 new positions at the Made Marion Gluten Free factory. A keen businesswoman, she noticed that being gluten free became more difficult and costly after the UK's National Health Service stopped paying for gluten free foods and diets.

    To date, she has made a £500,000 investment in the site next to her Portreath Bakery at Pool and created the world's first pasty drive-thru. She says her effort to create a commercially viable gluten-free pasty has taken three to four years so far, and has included training, research and working with experts in Italy.

    While there is a pub or two in San Francisco that serve Cornish pasties, The Pig and Whistle on Geary comes to mind, I don't think there are any dedicated pasty shops, per se.

    I think the closest thing to a Cornish pasty shop in SF is Peasant Pies, which are French in origin. Unfortunately, gluten-free options at Peasant Pie are limited to custard, flan, and salad.

    Read more at Cornwalllive.com

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    Try Iron Town Pasties in Negaunee, MI for gluten free pasties. It's not a gluten free shop, but a member of the owner's family is either celiac or gluten intolerant, so he cleans the entire shop before making his gluten "friendly" pasties and pastries one day a week. His gluten friendly pasties are excellent and taste exactly like the ones made with wheat flour crusts. I'm celiac and have eaten his pasties and pastries for several years with absolutely no problems.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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