Product: Gluten Free You And Me Gluten Free French White Bread Mix – $6.00
You know…it would figure.
I’ve been searching for the ultimate bread mix to bake up and continue to bake up because I make a lot of meals that just taste good with a small slice of bread, toasted in the oven with a spritz of olive oil and seasoning. And I’ve tried a lot of the name brands. Some I have fallen in love with. Some…I’ve been rather indifferent on. I haven’t hated any of them…but I don’t like a dense loaf of bread. I don’t want my bread to be heavy. It’s accompanying my meal, not becoming my meal.
Awhile back, while I was visiting my friend Jenn in Columbus, Ohio, she happened to make mention of a gluten-free event going on at a local gluten-free bakery/café of sorts. As we were already going to be out and about that day in town, we decided to stop by that morning and check it out. Although there were only a few things at this little event, one vendor in the front room really caught my attention.
Gluten Free You And Me is the company and they are based out of Dublin, Ohio. They had a few samples out, including cookies and their French White Bread, made from a mix that they were selling. Cathy tried a cookie and loved it. But Jenn and I…we were all about the bread. One taste and I about melted. It was light. It was fluffy. And it tasted…like fresh-baked, full-barrel, French bread. I knew then…I had to have it in my life.
So, for a small fee of $6.00, a tub of the mix was mine. I was excited and couldn’t wait to bake this up myself.
But…other products in my expansive gluten-free pantry had to be used up first. However, this past weekend…it was time to see if I could do up the French White Bread as well as they had for the event. I could only hope.
Making the bread couldn’t be easier. Using a mixer, you put the dry mix into a bowl, add 1-1/2 cups of water, 1 tsp red wine vinegar (I didn’t have red wine vinegar, so I went out on a limb and used apple cider vinegar), 2 tablespoons of canola oil…and mix until the dough forms and is sticky. Then, you pour it into a 4 x 8 bread loaf pan (spray it with some cooking spray) and pat it down to evenly form a loaf shape. Score it across the tip with a knife and let it rise for about 35 minutes. Once it has risen within 1/2 inch of the top of the pan, you bake it in a 400 degree oven for around 40 minutes. Remove it from the pan and let it cool on a rack for 1 hour. Then…it is yours to enjoy.
Let me tell you, the most difficult part of this entire process was waiting for it to cool. I normally just want to slice right into the bread and give it a try…but I patiently (or as patiently as I could) waited the correct time before slicing into it.
Well, it was definitely as good as I remembered it. Figures. Because this is a little harder to get my hands on than, say, one of the major gluten-free bread mixes at the grocery store. But…definitely worth ordering online (yes…they do ship) if I can’t get out to where their products are sold in the Columbus area.
The Gluten Free You And Me French White Bread Mix bakes up a beautiful loaf of bread. The crust turned a perfect shade of gold and inside was a light, fluffy bread just begging for a schmear of butter. Yeah…this bread is damn near gluten-free bread perfection. The taste is exquisite. If you didn’t tell people it was gluten-free…they wouldn’t have a clue. At all. It tastes, dead-up, like the bread I used to be able to eat. And that, my friends, is nothing short of awesome. And I loved that I didn’t have to haul out my bread maker for this loaf. It was all done by hand, by the oven, and it baked to perfection. Happiness is a delicious loaf of gluten-free bread. It doesn’t get much better than this one.
I encourage you to visit the Web site for Gluten Free You And Me and take a look at the small, but amazing products that this company has to offer. They can ship some of their items, so check that out, especially if you are not in or around the Columbus, Ohio area. Their products are pretty hard to beat. Let me tell you…I’m still dreaming of this bread and thankful I have the other half of the loaf chilling in the freezer for future use. Well worth the purchase…trust me.