Saturday 16 October 2010

Well & Good - Crusty Bread Mix - Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free

At the 2010 Irresistible Gluten Free Food Show, one of the many items we sampled, was some bread made using a new product from Well & Good, called Crusty Bread Mix.

We were immediately impressed by the taste and texture of this bread including an excellent crust. It tasted almost like "real" bread.
We left the show with a box of this mix in our bag.

What's in the box?
  • Sachet of yeast
  • Packet of bread mix
  • Sachet of dusting flour (used when kneading)

You must provide some warm water, oil and elbow grease for the mixing. (We chose the Hand Mix method rather than Electric Mixer).

The method to make this bread is very easy and our 10 year old daughter did most of the mixing, kneading and shaping. This was made even easier by being able to watch the many videos that Well & Good have on their website showing in detail how to make their mix into various kinds of bread.

Here is the result of our first attempt:

Even thought this was our very first loaf using this mix, below are some things we might do differently.
All ovens are different. Ours is a fan forced oven and we cooked the loaves for the 28-34 minutes suggested on the box at 200 degrees Celsius. The plaited loaf was a bit doughy so we cooked the other for a further 10 minutes or so. This turned out much nicer.

If you haven't tried a gluten & dairy free bread lately, then it is time you did, as things have certainly improved. Making this bread was very easy and the results are very close to "real" bread.

We look forward to making more loaves with this and other bread mixes currently on the market very soon.

Corn starch, rice flour, dextrose monohydrate, potato flour, tapioca starch, thickeners (464,466), psyllium husk, modified maize starch, iodised salt, pea protein, vegetable gums (xanthan, carrageenan, tara)

Made right here in Melbourne.

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