Pre-Made Gluten Free Products – First List

I’ve been sitting here, keeping a list of the gluten-free items we have tried, their ingredients, and whether we liked them or not. My goal is to come up with a list of ingredients (and a percentage of each ingredient) so I can create my own gluten-free baking mix that we will enjoy. Then, I’ll basically use other people’s recipes (like Gluten Free On A Shoestring).

I originally was planning one long post on our findings (please keep in mind that these are just our opinions) but I keep finding new products to try. So, this will be my first post, reviewing what we’ve tried and whether we liked them or not.  I have added all the foods we liked (and would buy again) in my Amazon store (at the top of the page) but all the photos on this page link back to the companies websites.

I know that not only will tastes differ between nationalities but within regions of the United States. Let me preface this to say: I’m basically a displaced Okie (I just felt my Grandma smack me upside the head for using that term). Both sides of my family moved to California from Oklahoma. So, that is the family background on food. My immediate background revolves around being born and raised in California. My favorite types of food lean toward Mexican and/or Chinese. My husband is basically the same way (with more of an emphasis on Mexican food). His mother did more cooking with vegetables than anyone in my family has ever done but deep down, we are both “Meat and Potato” people, with a little bread on the side (oh, if we could find some San Francisco style sourdough bread that was gluten-free, we’d truly be in heaven). So, that’s my disclaimer. Keep this in mind when I review the following items.

The first gluten free product we bought was this:

Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust at Papa Murphy’s:

At first, it was great (not “Oh, this is just like pizza crust” great but edible). Then, the pizza started cooling of and it took on the texture of a flour tortilla that had been heated, then left uncovered (tough). So, as long as you eat the pizza really fast, it’s great.

Then:

Three Baker’s Gluten Free Bread

This bread was crumbly, dry, and tasted like binder paper. Now, to give them the benefit of the doubt, the freezer this was being stored in was bad. The loaf had ice crystals all over it, so that could account for the texture. The taste, however, was not of freezer-burned bread (yes, I have eaten such). The flavor was as if they forgot to add any salt.

The next one we tried was this:

Udi’s White Bread

This tasted just like plain old white bread (though the sliced are just so small). We loved it! One thing to note: the size of these loaves makes them extremely cost prohibitive to purchase for a family to eat. I still have not figured out how a gluten-free family could afford to survive financially on these pre-made foods.

Udi’s Whole Grain Bread

This was alright. The texture was great but the bread itself was a little sweet. If that’s what you like, this is the bread for you!

Next, our ultimate favorite thing yet:

Krusteaz Gluten Free Pancake Mix

OMG! This stuff right here is better than regular pancake mix! If I remember right, this is the only gluten free item (at this point in our tasting journey) that has sorghum flour in it. So, I’m thinking sorghum flour might be best reserved for sweeter mixes, like muffin and pancake (wow, I really want some more right now).

Next:

Food For Life Gluten Free English Muffins (Multi-Seed)

Yuck. These were not only bland but gummy. Have you ever tried making a yeast bread and something messed up and you ended up with something that resembled rubber? Well, that was these, even though they were toasted and drowned in butter.

Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzel Twists:

These are harder than Rold Gold pretzels but not as “break a tooth” hard as Snyder’s typical pretzels and they are good! You can tell they aren’t gluten pretzels but they are close enough to make us happy.

AND last for this list (though we just bought some more gluten-free snacks at Rite Aid Drug Store yesterday):

Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic Crackers

Have you ever had a water cracker? You know, those round almost bland crackers you typically eat with brie? Well, add some garlic to them and that’s what these taste like. They are good (if you like those kind of crackers). I bought hubby some deviled ham and that was really good spread on these crackers.

I hope this list helps a little in your search for gluten-free alternatives. I know the search is helping us and we have been pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of products out there that are gluten-free (I sure wish there was this wide of a variety for low carb foods).  Remember, I have added all the foods we liked (and would buy again) in my Amazon store (at the top of the page) but all the photos on this page link back to the companies websites.  This will make it much easier for me to remember what I have already posted about (and what products I still have to share with you).

Until next time,
Brenda

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Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Nut Loaf Bread

I know this is a bit late (should have posted this around Thanksgiving when all the canned pumpkin was on sale) but this looks like the best Pumpkin Bread recipe out there (like on my mom’s friend used to make).

http://www.food.com/recipe/old-fashioned-pumpkin-nut-loaf-bread-184460

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Now, if you don’t have evaporated milk, here’s a substitute:

To produce 1 cup of evaporated milk, simmer 2 1/4 cups of regular milk down until it becomes 1 cup.

In many recipes, evaporated milk may also be replaced with a combination of whole milk and half-and-half. For 1 cup of evaporated milk, use 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup half-and-half.

And:

Mix 2/3 cup non-fat dry milk with 3/4 cup water.

Bread and Cheese “Meatballs”

Wow!  Meatballs without the meat and these actually sound (and look) good!

http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2013/06/bread-and-cheese-meatballs/

Ingredients:

Sauce:
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Small Onion, Peeled and Chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Minced

1 (26 Ounce Can Good Quality Chopped Tomatoes

1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil

Sea Salt and Pepper

Red Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)


Bread And Cheese Balls:
8.5 Ounces Grated Hard Cheese (see note above)

7 Ounces Stale Bread, Crusts Removed

1 Garlic Clove, Peeled

5 Large Eggs

1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves

Pinch of Cracked Black Pepper

To Serve:
Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese

Sourdough Sunday

Today was my day to deal with my sourdough starter. It had been sitting in the refrigerator for what feels like 6 months being ignored. I stored it in a gallon mason jar, and needed the room, so three days ago I took it out. I poured it all into a bowl, added 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour. I mixed it well, let it sit, and it was still alive! I’m telling you, I love this starter!

After my starter resurrected, I began my search for recipes. I have made bread and pancakes but knew there had to be more out there for me to do with sourdough starter. In addition to these first two recipes, I made two loaves of bread, except one I kneaded 2 teaspoons of minced garlic into the dough just before the final rise.

Well, this is what I came up with:

The big hit of the day was this Cherry Sourdough Coffee Cake from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cook Book”:

Cherry Filling (or use a can of cherry pie filling)

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Water to cover

Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used about half white and half wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Sourdough Starter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter

For Filling

Bring cherries to boil; reduce heat. cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Combine sugar and cornstarch; add to cherry mixture. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Cool completely.

For dough:

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix Sourdough Starter, egg, and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Spread half of the batter into greased 9X9X2-inch baking pan. Spread Cherry Filling on top. Drop remaining batter in small mounds over filling.

For topping:

Mix oats, brown sugar, nuts and flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle over batter. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden. Serves 9.

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Next is the Sourdough Chocolate Cake. Now, I will share a recipe with you but it’s not the one I cooked. The one I cooked was not chocolate-y enough. So I searched and found this one. I won’t make it tonight…have to find someone who will eat the first one (I might have my husband take it to work…they eat anything! LOL!):

Sweet Sorrow Sourdough Chocolate Cake
http://www.almostgotit.com/2007/08/19/sweet-sorrow-sourdough-chocolate-cake/

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Now, for the recipes I will try. Looking around online I found some wonderful recipes. These are the ones I am dying to try, once I am finished with my baking frenzy today.

This one I will make once I have a supply of homemade candied fruits and peels:

Alaskan Russian Sourdough Fruit Cake

Banana Sourdough Bread

Figure 3 Ranch Cowboy Morning Sourdough Biscuits

Mendenhall Sourdough Gingerbread

Old West Sourdough Biscuits

Streusel-Filled Sourdough Cake

Strawberry Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Sugar Cookies

Sourdough Sticky Buns

Sourdough Squash Brownies

Sourdough Spice Cookies with Maple Frosting

Sourdough Sopapillas

Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies

Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies

Sourdough Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Sourdough Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Sourdough Cornbread

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

And

Sourdough Potato Bread

This page has so many recipes, I’m not sure you want me to list them all (but I will):

SOURDOUGH RECIPES from Richard Packham
:

EVERYDAY SOURDOUGH BREAD (for five loaves)
SOURDOUGH FRENCH BREAD
HAMBURGER BUNS
SOURDOUGH MUFFINS
SOURDOUGH BISCUITS
SOURDOUGH BAGELS
SOURDOUGH PIZZA
SOURDOUGH CINNAMON ROLLS
SOURDOUGH DEEP-FRY BATTER
SOURDOUGH PANCAKES
SOURDOUGH BELGIAN WAFFLES
MIKE’S QUICK BLENDER WAFFLES
SOURDOUGH CARROT CAKE
SOURDOUGH GINGERBREAD CAKE
SOURDOUGH CROISSANTS (makes one dozen)
SOURDOUGH PUMPERNICKEL BREAD
SOURDOUGH PASTRY (PIE CRUST)