Meet Bonnie Gertrude of Pearfect Bond, who bakes vegan delicacies from her home in Kondapur, Hyderabad
Bonnie Gertrude belongs to a new breed of baking entrepreneurs from Hyderabad, who are making a name for themselves right out of their homes. An aspiring entrepreneur for a long time, Bonnie found her calling when she turned Vegan two years ago. She was quick to realise that there are many Vegans in the city just like her and very few bakeries that cater to them. And, that’s what motivated Bonnie to quit her job and launch Pearfect Bond, in November 2020. Her’s is a brand that exclusively bakes vegan desserts.
Gertrude’s bakes however are not exclusively for vegans, she says. “My bottom line when I launched Pearfect Bond was also to have non-vegans satisfy their sweet tooth, without compromising on the taste. Over the months, I’ve had a few of my non-vegan customers tell me how my bakes taste just like the real thing and that the difference is unnoticeable.”
Pearfect Bond offers diverse options to its customers such as cookies, donuts, cupcakes, cakes, brownies, and blondies. She bakes these delicacies using nut flours, refined wheat flour and oat flour among others. Bonnie is a self-taught baker and has been a baking enthusiast since her childhood. She says her continuous practice is helping her perfect the technique and make her customers fall in love with the bakes. Her most sold products are donuts and cupcakes. Her bakes are for both the health-conscious and those who love to indulge in desserts carefree, she adds.
The right decision
Less than a year since its launch Pearfect Bond has received an incredible response, says Gertrude. “Having seen people around say no to veganism, I was initially a little afraid of how everyone would receive the brand. But my drive to serve the increasing vegan community across the city made me take the plunge. The response, however, has been extremely heartwarming and today I feel proud of my decision,” says Gertrude.
Bonnie operates her bakery from the comfort of her home at Kondapur, Hyderabad. She uses social media platforms for promoting her brand and selling her products. You can order her delicious products across Hyderabad by reaching out to her on her Instagram handle @pearfectbond or through her Facebook page Pearfect Bond. “People usually drop by to pick up the orders, but I also deliver across the city with the help of delivery partners. Moreover, my products are also available at the Plantarium store and online on Alt Mart,” says Bonnie. Taking things slow owing to the pandemic, Bonnie looks at expanding Pearfect Bond to a bigger brand in the future.
Mixed-Nut Butter Cookie recipe from Bonnie’s Oven
Bonnie says her nut butter cookies are loved by all and encourages Handi Talks readers to give this simple recipe a try at home.
- Refined wheat flour – 1 cup
- Oats flour – 1 cup
- Brown sugar – 1 1/4 cup
- Flax seeds powder + water – 2 tbsp + 3 tbsp
- Coconut oil – 1/2 cup
- For nut butter
- Almonds- 1/4 cup
- Peanuts – 1/4 cup
- Hazelnuts – 1/4 cup
- To prepare the mixed-nut butter, blend almonds, peanuts & hazelnuts in a food processor until they release oil and achieve a buttery consistency.
- Preheat the oven to 160 °C.
- In a bowl add refined flour, oats flour, brown sugar, flax seeds powder and coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients along with mixed-nut butter making sure no lumps are formed.
- Line the baking tray with parchment paper.
- Scoop the cookie dough onto parchment paper and flatten it a bit.
- Making your desired shapes, bake the cookies for 10 mins.
- Now, remove the cookies from the tray and place them on a cooling rack.
- Once cooled, enjoy with your favorite beverage.