Review: Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
I grabbed this gluten free cinnamon raisin bread mix (by Bob’s Red Mill) from my local chain grocery store this past weekend and figured I’d give it a quick test. As many of you know, gluten is a cornerstone in bread making. As a result, gluten free breads will have a difference in taste and sometimes texture, but that doesn’t mean it wont be delicious. Also, as a bonus, not only is this gluten free, but also kosher and vegan.
How we Baked it
The back of the packaging has two instructions for baking: hand mixing or bread machine. It’s not too often I see a bread mix with specific instructions for using it with a bread machine, so I opted for this. I used my Zojirushi 2lb bread maker to make this loaf (even though the bread mix makes a 1.5lb loaf) because it has a gluten free bake setting. Nearly all bread machines work in the same order: add all wet ingredients first, followed by flour (making a mound on top of the liquid), sugar, salt, and finally yeast. In this specific case, the directions looked like this:
- Mix two eggs and 1/4 cup oil into 1 1/2 cup water.
- Add wet mixture to the bread pan.
- Pour bread mixture on top of the wet mixture.
- Scoop out a little hole in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast packet in.
- Start bread maker.
Taste and Results
The bread came out great! I’ll be honest, if you eat it plain, it tastes like a gluten free bread. But if you toast this, add a little butter, and another dash of cinnamon, it turns out amazing. Another idea that Bob’s Red Mill website mentions is to use this as french toast. I read this after I ate it all, but plan to buy it again just to try this. I’d recommend this gluten free bread machine mix.