Gluten-free entry wins purple ribbon

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Gluten-free entry wins purple ribbon

—by Lyn Vande Brake

Diagnosed with Celiacs Disease in 2010, Lynette Weubker, 15, of Story City, found most of her required gluten-free diet to be tasteless.

“That’s when we started getting creative,” said Lynette’s dad Mark. “My wife Eileen and Lynette began experimenting in the kitchen. Lynette really became the in-house baker.”

Lynette’s 4-H leader, Brenda Jewell with the Happy Helpers, encouraged Lynette to make one of her gluten-free delights as a fair entry. Lynette’s chocolate cake donut came away with a purple ribbon.

“I had a hard time finding a really good donut recipe that would work,” said Lynette who used a chocolate cake recipe to make the winning gluten-free donut.

“My favorite thing is using our special icing dispenser,” said Lynette. “It is very rewarding to make something that looks really nice and taste good at the same time.”

Favorites of those who have tasted the goodies from Lynette’s kitchen are the cake donuts, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bread and monster cookies, all gluten-free.

Even though Lynette’s bakery skills have won acclaim at the Farmer’s Market where they are hot sellers, she sees herself in a far different profession as an adult.

“I want to attend college, either University of Iowa or Iowa State,” says Lynette. ” And become a Bio-medical Engineer.”