Pamela's Products - Gluten-Free Bread Mix
Is anything better on a cold, snowy day then a freshly baked loaf of gluten-free bread and a hot bowl of soup? (Especially when I didn’t have to lift a finger to do any of it!)
It’s amazing what two cups of espresso will drive a husband to do. The Mr. Misterbelly of the equation declared to me out of nowhere that he was going to bake bread and make kale and white bean soup, one of my favorites.
I’ve been dubious about baking any form of gluten-free bread, figuring that any attempt would end in disaster, but that hasn’t stopped me from collecting various bread mixes in my cupboard, some that were literally accumulating dust and had been packed up and moved to several residencies with me.
I offered to brave the elements and trudge through the snow to grab a new bread mix from our local natural foods store, and came back with a package of Pamela’s Bread Mix, which I hoped would turn out better in its intended bread form then when I tried to force it into becoming Cinnamon Rolls a while back.
The bread was easy to prepare, even easier on me since I just drank wine and observed the process. You put all of the ingredients into a mixer, mix it up, pour the mix into a pan, allow to rise and then bake. The overall preparation and baking takes 2 hours, which is not out of the ordinary when making most breads.
When the loaf came out of the oven I was immediately impressed by the height and fluffiness of it. It looked just like any normal loaf of bread, and was soft and springy to the touch. The bread itself had a sweet taste and reminded me of a rustic-style bread you’d find at a small Italian trattoria. I could see adding some olives and herbs to the mix to balance out the sweetness and make it even more rustic.
Overall this was a big winner for me (and the family). I’m just glad this attempt was successful, and even happier I didn’t have to make it myself!