Glebe Farm - Seeded brown bread mix
This mix came in a 1kg bag, complete with two sachets of easy-bake yeast (enough for 4 loaves of bread). Of all the gluten free bread mixes I tried, this one came from the closest to home. Glebe farm is situated just 15 miles from my house, although I actually purchased the bag in Waitrose.
This was the only brown bread of the mixes I compared. Glebe farm also offer a white gluten free bread mix.
The bag was labelled as being wheat free, gluten free, dairy free, soya free, egg and yeast free! There was also a small comment mentioning that gluten and wheat products were packed in the same building. This made me hesitate to include this product at first, but I then reconsidered, as I felt they wouldn't be labeling it gluten free, if it wasn't safe for coeliac's to eat.
The back of the bag gives lots of information. Perhaps too much as it made it difficult to focus my eyes on the actual version of the recipe that I had decided to follow.
There were instructions for making either a yeasted or yeast free loaf in the bread machine, a yeasted or yeast free oven baked loaf, and also hints for making the loaf without dairy or egg's in the ingredients. They had also included some yeast and shelf life tips. Very comprehensive!
The mix comprised of potato starch, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, linseed, sunflower seeds, sugar, salt, xantham gum and guar gum. They state that it is free from methyl cellulose, GMO's and other chemical additives.
Additional ingredients needed for the basic oven baked loaf were milk, oil, and an egg. The mixture was wetter than the Mrs Crimbles mix and the seeds were very evident. The instructions said to leave it for 1 hour to rise before baking at the same temperature as the first of the gluten free bread mixes above.
As soon as it was cooked I cut a slice, as I love hot, freshly baked bread. I have to say it was delicious! Light, springy and well flavoured. A second slice followed the first in quick succession. I'm glad there is enough mix left in the bag to make three more loaves as I will definitely be using it again.
Here are both loaves made so far, side by side.
I will make up the other two gluten free bread mixes another day, and write up my findings. Please check back soon to see how they compared.