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Lynnfield's Newest Business Specializes In Nut-Free Baked Goods

Jeanne Barbaro got started baking about 14 years ago in good part because of her son's peanut allergy.

Early this week, Jeanne and Joe Barbaro are set to open the newest business in Lynnfield, Jeanne's Bakeshop, specializing in nut-free baked goods.

The Barbaros, who live in Peabody with their son and daughter, are opening their first business together. And while the business bears Jeanne's name, Joe is actually the one who will be doing a lot of the baking - a skill he picked up over the years from Jeanne. Many years ago, his grandfather also owned a bakery in the North End. "It's in his blood," said Jeanne.

"This is a big change, but coming from an Italian family, I've always cooked," said Joe. Before opening up their new business, Joe was an auto body professional for nearly 20 years while Jeanne was a dental hygienist for almost as long. For the past couple of years, the two have run the business from their home as a part-time enterprise.

Running a bakery is challenging enough by any standard. But the Barbaros have the added task of ensuring that all of their ingredients are indeed free of nut traces that could trigger a dangerous allergic reaction. "We have to really research our chocolates and our cocoa powders," said Jeanne.

Despite the nut-free specialty however, the new bakery owners says that they are still making all of their favorites - including cannoli, tiramisu, and biscotti. Other specialties include cookies, cakes, and cake pops. Customers can also have logos placed on containers for corporate or other events, or order an arrangement of cake pops or cookies for that special someone who isn't really into floral arrangements. "People just love those. We do a lot of those," said Jeanne, adding that all of their products are made fresh on the premises.

MWC September 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I just gave this bake shop a look. Sunday Morning, my expectation was the smell of cinimmon rolls, & crumb cake. When I walked in the first thing I saw was a bread rack with Paintadosi, which I can get anywhere. There were some nice looking cupckes but nothing I was looking for. I was hoping to walk out with a nice string wrapped box of goodies for my family. Disappointed. Strike One. I'll give it another try but my advice is - have a baked good someone can make a meal of on the go - and serve coffee.
Tara November 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Can you please provide an address or website address. I love Cakes by Occasion in Danvers but it's a little far. Lynnfield would be perfect. Thank you - Mother of a 2 yr old with Anaphylaxis to tree nut & peanuts I don't want to miss out on treats!
Nikki November 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Tara, check out www.jeannesbakeshop.com. It is at 12 Centre Ct., right in back of the stores at the center. The cupcakes are delicious...especially the lemon! Haven't tried any other goodies yet.
Tara November 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thank you for your help Nikki
Nancy Berg December 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Before Thanksgiving, I went there on a Monday, not realizing they were closed on Monday's. She opened the door for me, even though she was busy in back baking. I bought a bunch of holiday decorated cupcakes and cake pops for the kids and some other desserts for the adults. Everyone loved everything, especially my great nephew, who has a nut allergy. I could never bring any "goodies" before because of his severe allergy and now I can! It is so convenient having them in Lynnfield, also. Love it! I'll be stopping by again for more Christmas goodies. Oh and if memory serves me right, Jeanne's is where Karen's Bakery used to be down in back.

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