When going gluten-free, bread can be the hardest thing to replace. Many other gluten containing foods can, nowadays, be substituted with little sacrifice to our palette. Bread however is not so easy. Any gluten-avoider will understand the pain of opening your gluten-free bread to find it has miraculously crumbled into a thousand fragments, or tastes stale and dry (we have all made those sandwiches which are very hard to swallow)!
What is the role of gluten in bread making?
Gluten is a strong, stretchy protein which usually gives bread its doughy elasticity and crusty strength upon baking. Without it, bread can easily crumble and taste pretty dry – but this doesn’t need to be the case!
Top tips for using & storing gluten-free bread
– Slice and freeze it – this allows each slice to stay fresh for as long as possible
– Toast it – this revitalises gluten-free bread, providing texture & strength
– Add flavourful toppings to maximise the taste, wet toppings such as cream cheese add moisture
– If it goes stale, or crumbles, blitz into breadcrumbs and freeze for use in other recipes
The best way to ensure great tasting gluten-free bread? Bake your own – the fresher the better.
Easy home-made gluten free bread
At Lavida, we are passionate about providing you with healthy wholesome products that do not compromise your taste buds – including bread! We have two great bread mixes which allow you to bake wonderful gluten- free bread at home without the fuss of blending your own flours.
The expert team at Bob’s Red Mill have developed a great all-rounder mix that can be used to make light, fluffy gluten-free loaves and rolls. Bob’s Red Mill Wonderful Bread Mix contains contains garbanzo (chickpea) flour, potato starch, corn starch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, evaporated cane juice, fava flour, xanthan gum, potato flour, sea salt, guar gum, soy lecithin, and a yeast packet. It is available from Bob’s new UK website, Amazon and Holland & Barrett.
Bob himself has made a great video showing the results here and to quote one of their customers ‘Finally, something that doesn’t taste like cardboard!’
Top tip: To add a little extra twist to our loaf, we added ½ cup of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free 4 grain porridge – this adds a delicious texture! Perfect for breakfast topped with marmalade!
Another great mix to create a simple, delicious white loaf is Semper’s Gluten-free Fin Mix. It is a blend of Maize Starch, Rice Flour and Potato Starch which also contains thickeners and raising agents.Available from from Ocado, the mix can also be used for cakes and biscuits. In true Nordic tradition we served our bread as an open sandwich, toasted with gravadlax and a dill dressing – delicious!
What are your experiences buying and making gluten-free bread? We’d love to hear your tips and recipes via our facebook or twitter pages @LavidaFood #glutenfree #glutenfreebaking.