After reading our review of Shabtai Gourmet, one of our readers suggested we review the Mariposa Baking Company, in Oakland, California. Following up on that lead, I contacted Mariposa and requested samples. The founder, Patti, happily obliged.
Mariposa came into existence in 2004, shortly after founder Patti Furey Crane was diagnosed with a gluten allergy. Adhering to the GF diet fixed the problem, and also eliminated many of her multiple sclerosis symptoms. But it didn’t fix her sweet tooth, so she set out to develop gluten-free bakery items that fit the bill.
Patti surrounded herself with a small team of folks that assisted with recipe development, focusing first on brownies and biscotti. Since then, Mariposa has expanded to include squares, bagels, pizza crust, breads, croutons and coffee cake. The bakery has also literally expanded, into a building in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, where Mariposa features a storefront bakery for customers, and a cafe that features pizzas and breads.