Posted on | February 11, 2008 | 18 Comments
As I stocked up my own gluten free pantry one Saturday, the clerk at my local natural foods store offered me this free Bob’s Red Mill gluten free whole grain bread mix. I couldn’t believe it! I really miss my whole grain gluten filled wheat bread, Could this be the substitute I was hoping for?
Mixing this whole grain gluten free bead mix with water, eggs and cider vinegar was a snap with my Kitchen-Aid mixer. The dough was thick and hearty, but not overly sticky or difficult to work with. So good, so far.
The bread baked up beautifully with a nice dark and slightly crunchy crust and boasted lots of little nooks and crannies I let the bread cool, then sliced it and topped with with a bit of butter and jam. I was impressed with how easily the bread sliced with little crumbling. Unfortunately, my gluten free bread glee stopped there. The bread looked good, but oh my, it tasted AWFUL!
The texture was rough, thick and very strange- like nothing have ever tried before. The plethora of caraway, sesame, sunflower seeds; and whole grains in this bread seem out of place. The ingredient flavors do not blend well and are a harsh and chaotic blend of flavors. There is no sweetness to this bread, and the dark color is only based on the addition of cocoa. Even though I used to enjoy multi-grain breads, I was not used to this. I tried to eat this bread twice and became nauseous after each attempt. I don’t think I will ever buy this bread on my own. If any of my readers have tried this mix with better results, I would love to hear about it!
PROS: looks great, slices easily, lots of whole grains
CONS: flavor and texture is just awful
Rating: 1 star
Feeling brave? Wanna try it for yourself?
Ingredients: Whole grain buckwheat, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, cornstarch, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whole grain sorghum flour, tapioca flour, turbinado sugar, cocoa powder, evaporated cane juice, fava bean flour, dried molasses (molasses, maltodextrin), xanthan gum, caraway seeds, active dry yeast, sea salt, whole grain teff, potato flour, onion powder, guar gum, soy lecithin.
(For Sea’s review, just scroll down the page. You’ll be glad you did!)