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Product review: Kyotofu Japanese Desserts Take Gluten Free to a New Level


When I read an article that Kyotofu Bakery in New York was using Thomas Keller’s Cup4Cup gluten-free flour to create gluten-free versions of their Japanese inspired desserts I was quite intrigued. These desserts are all soybean based (contain tofu) and stray from the ordinary with their intriguing flavor combinations and textures.

Kyotofu founders Nicole Bermensolo and Michael Berl tasted the unexpected on travels to Japan. Inspired by Kyoto tofu artisans, they left the world of finance to bring a new wave of modern Japanese desserts to NYC.

kyotofu_2Kyotofu’s gluten-free sweets are made using fresh, all natural, organic, and healthful ingredients and they are certified gluten free by the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA). Kyotofu is not a dedicated facility, so the certification process in place separates gluten-free production from wheat production to ensure there is no cross contamination. Cup4Cup flour contains dairy (milk powder) and all of the desserts contain soy (tofu).

I know what you are thinking, do we really need another company making gluten-free brownies, cookies, and cupcakes? I stand firm in the knowledge that Kyotofu has raised the bar by creating gluten-free desserts that take the ordinary to the extraordinary through their use of technique and flavor combinations. The tofu adds a buttery, velvety texture and moistness to their desserts that I have not found previously.

When I received my sample boxes, yes, two boxes full of stunning gluten-free desserts, I was overwhelmed. Where to start with such an impressive selection of sweets: Green Tea Cupcake, Yuzu-Vanilla Cupcake, Kinako Cookies, Pumpkin Pound Cake, Heart Shape Miso Brownies, Miso Brownies, Green Tea Shortbread, Black Sesame Shortbread, and Genmai Shortbread?


You may be surprised to learn that I dug right into everything that wasn’t chocolate. Their Green Tea Cupcakes and Yuzu-Vanilla cupcakes renewed my love of cupcakes again. To me, their cupcakes have more of an angel food cake springy texture with a powerful punch of flavor. Their green tea shortbread was buttery and had the perfect sprinkling of green tea. The pumpkin pound cake had a velvety, silky texture, as did the miso brownies. The texture of these two desserts is more like that of creamy fudge and that texture allows it to melt in your mouth.

Besides their intriguing flavor combinations, genius texture, and breathtaking colors, these desserts are just beautiful and would make a fabulous gift for the gluten-free eater in your life. Want to try them and see for yourself? Fortunately, Kyotofu’s line of gluten-free desserts can be ordered online direct from the company and from Williams-Sonoma.

Have you tried Kyotofu’s gluten-free desserts? What did you think?

Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris,
Marketing Coordinator, Pure Knead
President, Just Gluten Free
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA

About Jennifer Harris

Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA

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