After eating gluten-free for a while, I began the search for that most elusive of gluten-free foods….. a good “version” of bread. And I do mean “version”, because I have never heard of anyone that has claimed a gluten-free bread to be “normal”. There are so many things that can be made just as tasty gluten-free, but bread isn’t one of those things. And, it really isn’t fair to the gluten-free bread, considering GLUTEN is what makes bread so springy and soft and sandwich worthy.
So, if you are hankering for the bread you had in your former gluten-full life, just let go and say good-bye. Make your peace with it and move on.
The good news is that you will love your bread so much more than all those gluten eating people. You won’t take your bread for granted and treat it like nothin’. You’ll bake your own bread, carefully slice it up, and relish each bite. And, that sandwich might even bring you to tears, you’ll be so happy about your blessed bread. Seriously, just one bite of grilled cheese and my day becomes roses. So, when it comes down to it, I feel sorry for the regular bread people. They can have their bread AND eat it too, but they just don’t get to appreciate it and love it like we do. They don’t know what bread love is. Poor things.
Here are my favorite gluten-free bread options, in order:
1. Bette Hagman’s New Formula Yeast Bread (recipe found in “The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy”). This is our favorite for flavor, texture, and cost. We love this bread! I make 4 loaves at a time and freeze them, pre-sliced.
2. The Gluten-Free Pantry’s Favorite Sandwich Bread (good flavor and texture)
3. Bob’s Red Mill Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix
4. Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Bread Mix (tastes a little like rye, so my kids won’t eat it, but I love it as toast)
Try these and see which is your favorite. And let the bread love flow. It’s the right way to treat bread anyway.