I am not at all a bread baker by nature, so I had to overcome my fear of yeast on the quest to figure out the best tasting and healthiest bread for my son. I love this “Amazing Bread Mix and Flour Blend” from Pamela’s Products. When I made this bread the first time, it was so delicious and soft, fresh from the oven, that I had a hard time saving some for my son! That truly is “amazing” for gluten free yeast bread.
Approximating the taste and texture of wheat requires the right combination of gluten free grains. This bread uses a mix of sorghum flour, tapioca flour, sweet rice flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, millet flour, and rice bran; plus xanthan gum to help it stick together, and some sugar, salt, honey and molasses. This blend even has 3 grams of fiber per serving – the same as whole wheat flour!
And thanks to the heavy duty stand mixer I got as a birthday present last year, making this bread is relatively easy. Because it’s gluten free, you don’t need to knead :-) and develop the gluten that gives regular bread its lovely texture and bounce. Just measure and throw the ingredients into the mixer, beat for 3 minutes, pour into bread pan, let rest, then bake. Honestly, the hardest part for me is determining how “warm” the warm water should be. It’s even easier if you have a bread machine (just make sure it’s a clean one).
Since I prefer hearty whole wheat type bread, I like to add in a little extra fiber to this mix: 1-2 TBSP of ground flax seed, 1-2 TBSP of buckwheat, plus some black strap molasses for color. I add a little extra water to compensate. You can also make yummy cinnamon bread by folding in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar to the dough. If you are feeling extra domestic and ambitious, this mix also makes gluten free bagels, pizza crust, pie crust, cinnamon rolls, and gingerbread cookies.
My only beef with this mix: when I ordered large bags in bulk via Amazon, the flour mix has a slight metallic taste that wasn’t in the smaller bags I bought at Whole Foods. Although this doesn’t seem to bother my son. Next time I plan to buy the smaller bags in bulk. Less measuring required that way, too.