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Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Namaste Bread Mix Review

I'm starting to get low on bread, so I decided to try something different this week. I picked up a bread mix by Namaste at Real Food Market for a weekend project. 

Namaste makes a great pizza crust mix that I love, and their products are free of many allergens. This mix is gluten, wheat, soy, corn, potato, casein, peanut and nut free; as well as GMO free. 

The mix was about $7, and makes one loaf of bread (it's not the cheapest option out there). A yeast package comes with the mix, but you need to add 1/4 cup of oil, 1 whole egg, and 3 egg whites. I'm not sure if egg replacer would work or not. 

It's pretty easy to make: dissolve yeast in warm water for 5 minutes, mix all ingredients together, blend in mixer for 3 minutes, and let "rise" for 30 minutes before baking at 350 for 70 minutes. 

The "dough" is the consistency of a thick cake mixture, and not really like dough-dough. Don't touch it - it's sticky! 

Let's talk about the "rising" part. I placed mine on top of the pellet stove, so it was plenty warm, but I didn't see much rising action to be honest. Considering I never thought gluten free bread rose anyway, I popped it in the oven after 30 minutes. 

When there was 30 minutes left I covered with a piece of foil to prevent over browning. Once 70 minutes were up, I took it out and it seemed pretty well done. 

Overall, the bread turned out fine minus a "roof" section on the top. Mental note to get a knife next time and spread as flat as possible. 

The taste was pretty good - there wasn't really a lot of taste - a sweet dough taste, and that dreaded gluten free after-taste was mildly present - not much, but it was there. Bear in mind, I have super taste buds, so this might be completely unnoticeable to most people! 

The texture was great, squishy, soft and just like home made bread should be! The loaf height was pretty standard to your typical gluten free breads. 

I think I'd try this one again, if nothing else for the warm home made bread out of the oven experience. I had a warm slice out of the oven and it was quite lovely :) 

There is also a recipe on the bag for a cinnamon raisin option which might also be good! 

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