Rubys of London offers a very wide range of Gluten Free & Vegan baked delights. Gluten Free and Vegan bakes and baking have exploded in popularity, availability and quality in recent years. *Just* being gluten free and vegan is not enough to impress. We are not starved of delicious things. A great gluten free and vegan bake needs to be first of all GREAT then also gluten free and vegan.
Rubys of London Market Stall
Visitors to Rubys of London in Greenwich Market have long known this to be true. Many of her regular customers don’t have any special dietary needs, they just love the bakes! Ruby is truly one of the pathfinders for great gluten-free and vegan bakes.
At the Rubys of London market stall everything is vegan but there are both gluten free and gluten containing bakes. About half the range is gluten free and these are clearly indicated with green labels. Green for goodness. If ordering online everything is either gluten-free or available gluten free and again everything is vegan.
Rubys of London Taste Test
Until you get the chance to try for yourself, or to persuade you to allow yourself the treat, here are just a tiny basketful of the bakes on offer. All were sampled by myself and several skeptical non-vegan, non-gluten free friends. A tough group to wow. What did we think?
Gluten-Free Brownies are table-stakes. They are ubiquitous. They are everywhere. Starbucks. Costa. They are catering for gluten-free people 101. First a Gluten-Free Brownie, then . . . . expand, but get that Brownie made.
Given their proliferation, a great gluten-free brownie is a prime example of a bake that needs to be simply great. No concessions. Does Ruby make one?
Yes she does
This is the gooey, rich, decadent, chocolatey fudgey type of brownie. Not the drier cakier type of brownie. Every bite is a delicious, moist, tongue coating indulgence. Sweetness is balanced out by the earthier, mellower peanut butter. Personally I might add chop chips or chunks too like those found in Cookies & Scream brownies but this is definitely a top star brownie. Easy to love. Great start. We were willing to try more things :-)
Rubys of London Gluten Free Cupcakes
Boasts a near gravity defying topping with big chunks of fudge. Strong & charming caramel flavour, perhaps a little lighter on the pecan. Firm but moist sponge seeded with swirls of chocolate and caramel for added melt in the mouth sensation. Very lovable. Combination of firm sponge, crunchy pecan and chewy fudge offers tantalising texture contrasts.
Sponge a bit dryer than others with darker, deeper flavour from cocoa. Topping is SURPRISING and AMAZING! An explosion of very light cream, sweetness & coconut. Very different from the thicker butter-cream like toppings on other cupcakes made by Ruby. Do not share.
More subtle than most. Lemony zing is present in both the topping and sponge but needs some slow mindful eating to fully appreciate. Lovely lingering aftertaste though and not overly sweet.
Strawberry flavour is mild rather than punchy but accompanies a nice cupcake. Rich, velvety butter-creamy topping was the favourite for one of our tasters. Lovely., but perhaps outdone by the bolder, more extravagant Bounty & Salted Caramel. Would still be welcome in my bakers dozen selection box.
Or doughnuts, fine. Fewer letters, more donuts! Ruby’s are emphasised as baked, not fried. Still not even orbiting the same star as a health food but if they are still delicious and have less fried oil, win win.
Both the White Chocolate Raspberry and Marble Swirl Donuts have a luxuriously thick coating which when eaten offers a notable ‘bite’ and then coats the tongue. The dough itself is firm, spongy and far denser than a typical glutenous but light and fluffy donut.
There is only one way forward. I must assemble plain donuts from Ruby’s, Borough 22 and Free From and blind taste them them. For science. I might need help. Volunteers?
Where to buy Rubys of London?
Everything in this taste test was bought direct from Rubys stall at Greenwich Market, present every Saturday and Sunday from 1000 to 1730. Be warned though that lots of things sell out by early afternoon.
The full range including the captivating cakes not included in this taste test are available to buy online with delivery throughout much of the Great London area. Selection boxes are available so you can mix and match what you buy rather than be limited to buying lots of one thing.
Do you know Rubys bakes already? What do you think? What is your favourite of hers?