Finn Ní Fhaolain, gluten-free cook and cookbook author, announced on Instagram that she will open her new gluten-free bakery Milish in Bundoran later this year.
Finn, who is best known for her cookbook Finn’s World, was diagnosed as coeliac when she was 19. The diagnosis, which may have caused dismay to some, inspired Finn to create delicious food free from gluten. As she continued on her coeliac cookery journey, Finn discovered a love for plant-based recipes and sustainability. These experiences have culminated in her achieving her dream of opening a totally gluten free, zero waste bakery by the sea in Bundoran later this year.
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Speaking to F&W about the announcement, Finn commented:
“I’m so excited to finally be able to announce the plans for Milish! The name comes from the Irish for ‘sweet’ since we’ll be rustling up mainly delicious sweet treats as well as breads, some quick (and healthy!) breakfasts and we have an amazing coffee roaster onboard too. I’ve been quietly working away on it for the last year or so and now it’s time to build, then hopefully we’ll be open for late spring or early summer! I have a fab team lined up with some serious baking and coffee skills.
With my background in environmental sciences and ongoing work as an ambassador for Clean Coasts, it’s also really important to me that Milish be as sustainable as possible: avoiding single-use plastic, serving fair trade seasonal coffee with lots of plant-based options on the menu. We’re doing almost all of the build with reclaimed materials, too! We strive to use the best quality ingredients and are looking forward to championing local producers wherever possible.”
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So delighted to announce that Milish Bakery will be opening it’s doors this year!! A little bakery by the sea in beautiful Bundoran, excited to bring you delicious sweet treats, wholesome breads and amazing quality coffee. Stay tuned to see our shop getting built as we strive to create our beautiful and sustainable business aiming to be as #zerowaste and #plasticfree as possible! We’ll have lots of #glutenfree and #plantbased options too! . . . . . #sustainablebakery #sustainablefood #seasidebakery #seasidetown #discoverbundoran #wildatlanticway #healthytreats #plantbasedbaking #plantbasedcake #glutenfreebaking
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As well as baking for the public, Finn told us that she will be providing high quality gluten-free baked goods to hotels, restaurants and cafés – having a delicious gluten free option on menus around the country is a key focus for her.
The plan for the bakery is that it will initially open as a boulangerie, with takeaway goods available for purchase and the wholesale business operating from the same location. Later this summer, there will be seating installed in the bakery for eat-in options, plus a calendar of workshops demos and classes for customers to take part in.
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Folks thanks so much for the amazing response to the first post for @milish_bakery and for all the love in DMs as well! The first taste of Milish is all packed up and ready to go for this weekends @yogamaraescapes at @lougheskecastle - one of my favourite recipes - maple pecan protein cookies that are gluten and dairy free! . . . . . #pecancookies #oatcookies #wildatlanticway #milishbakery #glutenfreebaking #glutenfreebakery #glutenfreecookies #seasidebakery
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The baked goods that Finn will be offering sound totally delicious: There will be vegan banana bread served toasted and topped with a frozen disk of maple syrup, almond butter and coconut oil that melts in, pecan protein cookies, lemon and turmeric slices and Finn’s signature soda bread, which is also available vegan.
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