Monday, July 12, 2010

Gluten Free Pantry - French Bread Mix A Review

OK, I've tried lots of GF mixes and found that some are so so, some are pretty good and some are outstanding. On that scale, I'd give Gluten Free Pantry's French Bread mix a "Pretty Good." I tried it yesterday for making bread for burgers. This mix is very basic, only having 6 ingredients, other than the yeast packet. It is soy free and dairy free, as well as gluten free, although the package does say it may contain traces of soy.

The "dough" mixed up well, even though I didn't use an electric mixer like the directions said to. I just used my whisk, another PC favorite of mine. If you want to get one, my friend Rachael will give you 10% off here. Make sure you send her an email at afterward so she can edit the price before she submits it so you'll be charged the lower price. It whipped up quickly and without too much arm fatigue. It calls for:
  • eggs
  • vinegar
  • oil or butter
  • "milk" or water
  • sugar and
  • salt
This stuff most of us have on hand. The directions are fairly simple, unlike some GF baking gymnastics I've had to do with other mixes. You simply pour the yeast and mix into your bowl, add the other ingredients in a well in the middle, and beat. Since I was using a whisk, I put the other ingredients in first and whipped the heck out of the eggs and then added the mix slowly.

When it came to baking, didn't dare try to shape them into rolls because like a lot of GF mixes, you just can't form the runny dough effectively. I suppose I could have made sliders and baked a mound in my Pampered Chef muffin pan, but I didn't have that kind of time. I had to put this into TWO of my over-sized Pampered chef stoneware loaf pans, as when I put all the dough into one it was almost overflowing. I let this rise for about an hour on my stove top. It baked in the recommend time, 45 minutes and it was a nice golden brown. It was as moist as any other GF bread I've tried, but as is the problem with most GF bread, it was crumbly. The moistness offset this a bit, but it still falls apart. *sigh*

I put the second loaf in a zipper bag overnight and fully expected it to dry out by the next day. It didn't. My girls and I enjoyed chicken sandwiches today for lunch with the bread, which was still moist. Because of this, I'd certainly buy this again.

1 comment:

  1. I have tried this (at your house) and found it to be very tasty. The texture is not the same as traditional french bread, but I think it would taste great toasted with garlic and olive oil.