Gluten-Free Essentials Lemon Poppyseed Bread & Muffin Mix/ tea bread/cake- gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, soy, nut free
Posted on | August 14, 2007 | 3 Comments
This mix was graciously sent to me from Gluten-Free Essentials to review. I haven’t had any form of lemon poppyseed anything for ages, so I looked forward to trying this mix. Initially I thought this was a muffin mix, but the final product ended up as a lemon poppyseed tea cake. So, viola! The next installment for gluten free cake month!
Preparing the batter for this mix turned out to be quite interesting, thanks to the poor packaging and mix directions. First, the front of the package inidicates that this is a bread and muffin mix. However, when you look on the back for prep directions, it lists the ingredients for “Lemon Poppyseed Tea Bread.” Huh? Where did the “tea bread” description come from? A little confusing.
Second, it specifically says you will need to add butter, applesauce and eggs. Yet, as you read thr0ugh the directions, it also requires club soda, water or milk. Why isn’t this listed in the “You will need” portion of the directions? Because I didn’t have milk or club soda on hand, I used water, although it would have been fun to experiment with the club soda. Third, there are baking directions for two loaf pans or a 9×13 cake pan- NO MUFFIN BAKING DIRECTIONS, even though it claims it is a muffin mix on the packaging. There is also a recipe for a lemon glaze under the directions that I used for my 9×13 pan of tea bread, although to me it seemed more like a cake.
Anyway, I easily prepared this mix by hand and the batter had the consistency of cool whip when it was ready for the pan- very light and fluffy. Fresh from the oven after 33 minutes and topped with the very tangy and sweet lemon glaze, this product looked amazing- the light lemon cake was speckled evenly with poppyseeds. The cake itself is not very sweet and boasted a mild lemon flavor. Immediately upon testing, this cake seemed to be very spongey and squishy- way too moist for my preferences. I think a longer baking time would suit this product better- closer to 37 minutes would be idea, depending on your oven. It had a medium density that gave it substance without feeling too heavy. I also noticed that after cooling for a few hours, the texture seemed to improve and wasn’t as spongy, and tasted even better the next day. My gluten eating husband and family especially liked this mix, so much so that there were no leftovers to be found 24 hours later.
This mix would make a great loaf pan of lemon poppyseed bread, and could be successful as a muffin ( no glaze) or cupcake ( with glaze), just be careful to watch it since there isn’t a muffin baking time listed on the mix.
PROS: subtle lemon flavor, not too sweet, easy to mix by hand, low sugar.
CONS: Prep directions are confusing, be careful not to underbake
Rating: 4 stars
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Ingredients: rice flour, sorghum flour, sugar, cornstarch, GF baking powder, guar gum, baking soda, poppy seeds, lmeon juice powder, maltodextrin ( from corn), salt.