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Le Garden Gourmet Bakery- Country Style Seed Bread- gluten free/ wheat free/ soy free/ dairy free/ nut free/ oat free/ some organic & kosher ingredients

Posted on | February 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

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I found this loaf of packaged bread on display at my local Wegman’s grocery store. I was curious, and nervous, all at the same time. I have yet to discover a great dark bread , and was curious as to how it tasted. However, I was also nervous, because my last encounter with a dark gluten free bread ( Bob’s Red Mill) was less than tasty. I decided to take the plunge at plunked down $5.69 for my 1 lb. 8 oz. loaf of Le Garden Bakery’s Country Seed Bread with the hopes I could have a tasty sandwich for a late dinner that night.

When I arrived home I discovered the bread was double wrapped for freshness- a big plus in my book since this gluten free bread does not contain any preservatives.

The bread looked really good- a dark crust dotted with cornmeal, brown sesame seeds and whole millet sprinled on top of the loaf. However, it was softer than I expected and the crust toppings did not provide any of the “crunch” the package boasted. The loaf felt dense and firm as I held it in my hands, and much to my surprise it sliced easily with slight crumbling with small chunks of crust separating from the bread. I found that thinly slicing the bread seemed best for my sandwich.

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The flavor was just wonderful! It was actually reminiscent of wheat bread- mild but flavorful. The bread kept it’s shape and didn’t fall apart with each bite. The brown rice flour, arrowroot flour and tapioca flours blended nicely and hardly tasted gluten free. I noticed the bread tasted slightly grainy, a more fine verses a course crumb, and was definitely on the dry side. However, I noticed on the package, that I purchased it on it’s expiration date and ate it the following day, which might explain the graininess and dryness.

Overall, it is a versatile dense and chewy bread. Due to the dryness, I will probably use the rest of this bread as french toast, croutons, or toast with butter and strawberry jam. I plan to try this bread again, except this time I will look for an expiration date.. If I notice a big difference I will let you know! That would definitely bump up the star rating.

PROS: nice flavor, great for slicing

CONS: dry and slightly grainy- watch the expiration date!

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

For some beautiful pictures of this bread and packaging, click HERE

Want to try this bread?

Check out your local Wegmans , natural foods store, or order directly from Le Garden Bakery by clicking HERE

Ingredients: Whole grain brown rice flour, spring water, whole eggs, arrowroot flour, evaporated cane juice, tapioca flour, organic palm shortening, baking soda, kosher gelatin, yeast, sea salt, brown sesame seeds, whole millet, cornmeal

Comments

5 Responses to “Le Garden Gourmet Bakery- Country Style Seed Bread- gluten free/ wheat free/ soy free/ dairy free/ nut free/ oat free/ some organic & kosher ingredients”

  1. Sheltie Girl
    February 15th, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    This sounds like a very interesting loaf of bread. I’ll have to see if I can find some in our area. Thanks for the wonderful review!

    Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

  2. Julie
    July 30th, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Thanks for your review of our breads! I wanted to let you know that our recipe has changed and now all of our breads are 100% vegetarian. They are also gluten/dairy/nut/corn/potato/soy-free! With the change to our recipe the breads are now softer than ever. We also have some new flavors including: Chia, Honey Oat, Italian and Olive Thyme! To place an order for our new loaves please e-mail your order in or call me at 607-229-4500 :)

  3. Bryony
    August 22nd, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    Thank you for reviewing all of these products! It’s so helpful.

    Have you tried UDI’S bread? I couldn’t find a review. It is by far my favorite gluten free sandwich bread AND bagels!

    Glutino is yucky and has sketchy ingredients but UDI’S is fine quality AND delicious (amazingly soft, like “real bread”). Thanks. Bryony

  4. Rachel
    September 21st, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    The number on the site is disconnected. I wrote them an email twice about my order in 3 weeks with no response. If you don’t want to lose your money don’t order off their website!

  5. Rachel
    September 21st, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    Disregard my comment, things were fixed and taken care of please ignore my earlier comment

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