Gluten Free Bread

Why is gluten such a favored ingredient in bread?


To understand why gluten is, in the past, such a key ingredient to most bread based products, we have to remember that baking is not
just about taste, but is also a science.

Gluten is developed in the dough when the molecules of gluten form a microscopic network with each other. As gases are produced in the dough, mostly due to the yeast, the gluten networks trap the gas bubbles and the dough rises. In simple terms, gluten is what makes bread soft and chewy. Unlike the traditional wheat base, rice, potato, and oat flour lack the gluten to cause the bread to rise.

Happily, with the increase number of people living on a gluten free diet the “Science of making gluten free bread” is improving.
Now bakers are using different kinds of gluten free flours and adding ingredients to compensate for the lack of gluten.


As you can see below there is an enormous amount of gluten free brands to try so have fun and enjoy!


Gluten Free Bread list:



Bavarian Brand Breads


These gluten free breads are baked using without preservatives, chemical additives, milk nor eggs. They are GMO Free and Kosher Certified. Both breads taste great, however they are very fragile and break easily. They also easily spoil since they have no preservatives. To prevent this, I keep it in the fridge.

Some people don’t like keeping their bread in the fridge, but I like knowing my bread doesn’t have any toxic chemicals in it so, it doesn’t bother me. If you want to know more about these breads go to their website - www.bavarianglutenfreebread.com

These are the two bread they offer:

*Glutenfree Whole Grain Bread

*Gluten-Free Toast Bread

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread

Canyon Bakehouse is also a delicious gluten free bread. These breads are 100% Whole Grain – Dairy, Nut, Soy and Gluten Free. I have
not heard any bad reviews for any of their breads. Go to their website if you want to know more - http://canyonbakehouse.com/
and let me know what you think about their products to share with the gluten community. (I buy mine at Sprouts.)

Although I did not taste all of their bread products, I heard that they are all pretty good, most people I talked with or from
the reviews said it’s comparable with Udi’s, and some think it is even better, especially the texture. Well, since I am a
Udi’s fan, I have to say it is comparable to it. One thing what is very important for many people is that the texture is great
and it does not crumble.

The following breads are available from Canyon Bakehouse:

*7 Grain

*Cinnamon Raisin

*Mountain White

*Colorado Caraway

*Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia

*Hamburger Buns



Ener-G

The positive thing about these bread is that you can buy it in many health stores. We buy these breads from time to time, but we are not very impressed with it. It is an OK bread, but not really liked from all the members of our family. This is their website - www.ener-g.com/.

They offer the following gluten free breads:

*Papas Loaf

*Light Brown Rice Loaf

*White Rice Flax Loaf

*Yeast-Free Flax Meal Loaf

*Yeast-Free White Rice Loaf

*Brown Rice Loaf

*Focaccia Crust

*Rice Starch Loaf

*Corn Loaf

*Tapioca Loaf – Regular Sliced

*Yeast-Free Brown Rice Loaf

*Tapioca Loaf

*Egg free Raisin Loaf

*Light White Rice Flax Loaf



Food for Life

I have no experience with this company and their bread except the English muffin. I bought the muffins in Mother’s Market and saw them also in Wholefoods. These products can be found in many stores.

We tried the English Muffins and these are the only English muffins I found at first. They are not very tasty, and I find them a little bit hard. However, if you spread some nice things on it than I kind of like it. My kids never really got into them, but they do not like English muffins in general. This is their website - www.foodforlife.com.

The following gluten free breads are offered from these shop:

*Wheat and Gluten Free White Rice Bread

*Wheat and Gluten Free Rice Almond Bread

*Wheat and Gluten Free Bhutanese Red Rice

*Wheat and Gluten Free Raisin Pecan Bread

*Whole Grain Brown Rice Bread

*Yeast free, Wheat and Gluten Free Multi Seed Rice Bread

*Wheat and Gluten Free Millet Bread

*Wheat and Gluten Free Rice Pecan Bread

*Wheat and Gluten Free China Black Rice Bread

*Gluten Free English Muffin



Genius by Glutino Breads


Since we do not eat Genius Bread I have to review the review of others and it says in summary. These breads fell apart too easily and the taste was okay, but it seems these breads are in general too dry. When you toast them they taste better, but in general nobody wrote some extraordinary comments about these breads. If you want to know go to this website: www.glutino.com/our-products/genius-by-glutino.

They offer the following breads:

*Glutino White Sandwich Bread

*Glutino Multigrain Sandwich



The Grainless Baker

The only thing I tasted from these company is their baguette. Although I heard a very good review about it, it is not really my taste, I was thinking it was too chewy, but what do I know, everybody has a different taste, and some people swear that is the baguette from heaven. Well, it’s worth to try it for you and if you interested to know more go to their website -
http://www.thegrainlessbaker.com

They offer the following breads:

*Whole Grain White Bread

*Whole Grain Rye Style Bread

*7 Ancient Grain Bread

*Whole Grain Hot Dog Buns

*Whole Grain Hamburger Buns

*Whole Grain Hoagie Buns

*Onion Bagel

*Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

*Plain Bagels



Heaven Mills


The breads from Heaven Mills all have a Kosher Certification by Stark-K kosher association as well as by The Beth Din of Tartikov. In addition to being gluten-free, they are also lactose-free, wheat-free, tree-nut-free, chemical-free, preservative-free,and casein-free. These breads are also made with real ingredients – no artificial chemistry involved. So that’s all fine but how do they taste? Well, I only tasted their Pita bread and it was fabulous and the texture was really great. As for the rest of the
breads I read some good reviews about them. It seems this company is what it says it is, a “Heaven’s Mill”. If you want to know
more go to their website. http://www.heavenmills.com

They offer the following breads:

*Gluten & Egg-Free Oat Bread
*Gluten – Free Herb Vunder Bread
*Gluten Free Pita Bread – this bread is fantastic! There is not much difference when compared to normal wheat flour.

*Gluten-Free & Egg-Free Bagels

*Gluten-Free Challa

*Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Challa

*Gluten-Free, Egg-Free & Sugar-Free Challa

*Gluten-Free Mini Challa Dinner Rolls

*Gluten-Free & Egg-Free Mini Challa Dinner Rolls

*Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Mini Challa Dinner Rolls

*Gluten-Free Burger Rolls

*Gluten-Free Frankfurter Buns



Katz Gluten Free

I never tried anything from Katz. I heard it is also a great gluten free bakery. Go to their website to find out more http://www.katzglutenfree.com

They offer the following breads:

*Hamburger Buns – Gluten free

*Hot Dog Buns Gluten Free

*English Muffins-Gluten Free

*Sliced Challah Bread-gluten Free

*Rice Challah

*White Bread – Gluten Free

*Whole Grain Bread-Gluten Free

*Kaiser Rolls (Large Challah) gluten Free

*Large Braided Challah-Gluten Free

*Dinner Rolls (Small Challah) gluten Free

*Sandwich Rolls-Gluten Free

*Oat challah Rolls-Gluten Free

*Wholesome Bread-Gluten Free



New Grains Gluten Free Bakery

I’ve never come across this brand in our local stores but know you can order it online. Online reviews said that this company’s multigrain bread is yummy because this bread is very fluffy and very good for toast and sandwiches. People even swear that the Multigrain and the Cinnamon raisin bread is so good that they would even buy it when they would not have to eat gluten free.

The disadvantage is that the shipping costs are very high. However, this company is working on getting their shipping rates down but keep one eye on it if you’re ordering some of their bread online.This is their website: http://www.newgrainsglutenfreebakery.com

They offer the following breads:

*Gluten Free Multigrain Bread

*Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

*Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

*Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread


Rudis


Rudi’s gluten free breads are the favorite breads for our family. The hot dog rolls and hamburger buns are fantastic.Even my daughter loves the hot dog rolls. Also, the ingredients used for the bread are recognizable, so no hidden toxic chemicals and I love that these breads are Non-GMO. And it’s very easy to find these breads as many health stores carry them. This is theirwebsite - www.rudisglutenfree.com/

They offer the following breads:

*Original Bread

*Multigrain Bread

*Cinnamon Raisin Bread

*Multigrain Hot Dog Rolls

*Multigrain Hamburger Buns



Schar

Schar is a European bread that has recently been made available in the states. Europe seems to be a bit more health conscious and I was able to read the list of ingredients on Schar’s bread without diving for the dictionary.

Online reviews compare this bread with Udi’s which is one of my family’s favorite breads. The reviews mention that the white bread even tastes good if it is not toasted. It is crumbly, like most GF breads, but that’s OK.

You can go to their website to order it or to find out more – let me know what your impression is! - http://www.schar.com

They offer the following breads:

*Deli-Style Bread – reviewed as on e of the best gluten free breads.

*Multigrain Ciabatta

*Ciabatta Parbaked Rools – reviewed as one of the best rolls – I have been also told that these rolls are hard to distinguish with normal bread.
All Schar rolls are like this.

*Multigrain Bread

*Classic White Bread – reviewed as on of the best gluten free breads, crumbles but tastes good without toasting it.

*Hearty Grain Frozen Bread

*Hearty White Frozen Bread

*Baguette

*Sub Sandwich Rolls

*Classic White Rolls

*Italian Gluten-Free Wheat-Free Breadsticks – The breadsticks got the same positive reviews. It seems you cannot tell that it is not gluten free.

The Little Aussie Bakery & Café

This bakery you can find in San Antonio, TX and can order their bread online. Luckily, I live in a place that has so many more
easily accessible gluten free breads that I haven’t tried this company yet. The reviews are good and it seems the breads taste
delicious. If you want to read more go to their website http://www.thelittleaussiebakery.com.

They offer the following breads:

*100% Gluten Free Rye Bread

*100% Gluten Free Cranberry Breakfast Loaf

*100% Gluten Free Cranberry Bread

*100% Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread

*100% Gluten Free Whole Flax Bread



Udi’s Gluten Free Bread:

I am a fan of Udi’s gluten free bread! Their bread is really great and it is easy to find. We eat this bread most of the time. You can find it in many grocery stores including Ralph’s, Gelson’s, Mothers Market, etc. Also, it has an amazing texture and flavor and it is Dairy Free, Nut Free
and Soy Free.

Available online at http://udisglutenfree.com

Available at these Store Locations: most healthstores, Sprouts, Wholefoods and Mother’s Market.

They offer the following breads:

*Whole Grain Hamburger Buns – I love these buns – I think they are one of the best gluten free buns!

*Classic Hamburger Buns- They are great tasting buns and their yummy taste outweighs their crumbliness.

*Classic Hot Dog Buns – my kids love these hot dog buns – they do not recognize the difference. Really great taste.

*Millet chia Bread

*Omega Flaz & Fiber Bread

*Cinnamon Raisin Bread – I have to admit my family is not a fan of raisin breads, but I tried it and it taste very similar to gluten containing bread.

*White Sandwich Breach – My kids love this bread. They eat it toasted with Nutella, and I have to admit there is no difference to a Nutella bread containing gluten.

*Whole Grain Bread Load

*Cinnamon Raisin Bagel – another raisin containing bread in bagel form. Well, as I said before we do not like raisin bread but I hear it is a really good bagel.

*Whole Grain Bagel – This is the best gluten free bagel! My kids love it too, and as a mom that counts.





In the last few years the baking process using gluten free flour has tremendously improved. With such a demand for gluten free bread,
the market offers many variations, suitable for every taste bud.

The most important thing is to sample different brands until you find one you truly like. Baking is a science but your taste buds matter.
If they’re accustomed to gluten bread it may take a while to redefine your palate to a bread that does not have gluten. I found that toasting
the gluten free bread helped me personally develop my taste buds in this way.

After all the sampling and online reviews, I think the most popular gluten free breads at present time are from Udi’s, Rudis gluten free bread and Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread. But of course it always depends on your own taste buds!

The point is there are so many gluten free breads out there that I’m sure you will find a favorite!

And, finally, a special thanks to all those people out there trying to make the best gluten free bread! Thanks to their efforts we in the gluten free community don’t have to go without and, even better, have very healthy options.

Enjoy life!


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