Want To Make Perfect Gluten Free Bread? Try This! (plus bonus banana bread recipe)

I have found an amazing bread mix!

I just want to share this with you because I have never before seen a bread mix that is this easy and gives such a brilliant result. I literally just opened the packet and added water, and the bread came out so beautifully crispy and soft it almost gave me goose bumps.. Imagine my surprise then when I realised it is also the cheapest bread mix (per kg) that I’ve found so far in Australian grocery stores! I’m so very impressed!

Perfect gluten free bread

The brand is called Laucke Flour, and the product is called “Gluten free, the all in one quick mix, Easy Bakers instant oven bread, easy make and bake”. Yes it’s a mouthful, but so is the result; a yummy, crusty, soft and crumb-free mouthful!

I first kept my loaf in an airtight container on the bench until it was all gone, and it seriously stayed moist and wonderful throughout! I keep the rest in the freezer, and simply defrost what I need on 180 c for about 5-10 minutes each morning. The taste and texture of those little rolls takes me straight back to gluten days of yore, and how wonderfully delicious a fresh bread roll would crunch in my mouth. Goodness me, to think I can have that again!

Perfect gluten free bread

I bought mine at Coles in QLD, but I can see from the pack that they most definitely can be bought in the UK, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you can get it in the US and elsewhere as well. I found their website (www.laucke.com.au), though the product looks a bit different on their site from what I can gather. But as long as you stick with the (long) name, I’d say you can’t go wrong!

One thing I love about this product is that they’ve made brilliant use of every inch of their packaging by filling it with very good recipe options. I have tried a few of them, and they are solid and thorough. I like that they use weight instead of cup measurements, making the recipes very reliable and accurate. Just make sure you do actually weigh the ingredients. Don’t cheat, or your result mightn’t be so great after all. Only measurements by weight can be completely accurate.

Laucke states on their packaging that they are “the last of Australia’s traditional, family owned flour milling companies” and that their+ origin can be traced back to the arrival our the current owner’s grandfather in 1895.

Soy flour can be a problem for those who are on a low FODMAP diet, and I didn’t eat this bread for a while because of that notion, but I do now and I haven’t had any problems what so ever!

Perfect gluten free bread

Pros:

  • Fantastic result; high, soft, tasty and crusty bread!
  • Sooo easy to make, a child can do it!
  • Fantastic price! The cheapest one I have found so far in the ordinary grocery shops.
  • Comes in a 1 kg pack split into two 500 gram servings that each make two large loaves
  • ย Needs no yeast, and it rises like a helium balloon!
  • Is dairy free and wheat free
  • Is very versatile
  • Comes with great recipes
  • No artificial additives that are not allowed on the failsafe (RPAH elimination) diet

Cons:

  • Has a funky raw split pea or bean smell when you mix the flour with water.. I put it down to the soy flour. I was a little bit skeptical to this smell when I first tried the mix, but trust me it completely vanishes as soon as you bake the bread. I assume it’s the protein in the soy flour that substitutes the gluten so wonderfully, and gives the bread such great qualities.

All in all, not many cons there.ย I love this mix and I’ve found a new favourite!

Perfect gluten free bread\

For my traditional white bread, I simply sprinkled some poppy seeds on top as soon as I poured the batter into the bread pan. I also used this mix for my very delicious banana bread recipe. I don’t have many pictures of it, but trust me, it is absolutely fantastic!

Perfect gluten free banana bread

For the banana bread I simply used the “Basic Cake” recipe on the Laucke box, and added two whole, mashed bananas to the batter half way through the mixing process. The mixture is almost liquid as I pour it into the bread pan, but don’t worry one bit, it’s all as it should be, and your banana bread will come out beautifully!

The recipe goes like this:

Preheat your oven to 190 c or 374 f (a bit less if your oven is fan forced)

Make sure you take the time to actually wight the ingredients!s

150 g (5,23 ounces or 0,33 lb) whole egg
100 ml (or 3,38 fluid ounces) water – neither warm nor cold
250 g (8,8 oz or 0,55 lb) Easy Bake white flour mix
75 g (2,65 oz or 1,17 lb) sugar – Sugar is optional
2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 tsp vanilla if desired
1 tsp cinnamon if desired

Add everything except the banana to a large mixing bowl. Mix on slow speed for 1 minute, then carry on mixing on high speed for 5 minutes before you add the banana. Continue mixing for another 3 minutes after you have added the banana. Pour into a greased or lined bread pan (or cake tin 18 cm) and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a sqewer comes out clean when you poke it.

This recipe is divine! I love banana bread and have tried many a recipe, but I have yet to find one better than this one. The banana bread stayed moist in an airtight container (out of the fridge) until it was all eaten.

I am utterly impressed with this bread mix, and I will certainly keep using it!

Big thumbs up to Laucke!

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34 Comments on “Want To Make Perfect Gluten Free Bread? Try This! (plus bonus banana bread recipe)

  1. Yay! Glad you found a mix you like. By the way, I worked on the US edition of Sue Shepherd’s book on the low-FODMAP diet and she says that many people don’t find soy flour, in small amounts as part of a recipe, to be a problem on the low-FODMAP diet. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Yes it’s quite amazing. It doesn’t list quite how large a percent of the content is soy flour, but what made me skeptical was the fairly strong pea flour smell as I mixed it. But like I said, the smell went away, and the soy flour was no problem at all.

      Thanks for your input Molly, and how cool you worked on Sue’s book!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Kristine

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  2. It’s good to know you had a good experience with this bread mix. I tried it years ago and was less than impressed. Perhaps something has changed since then. Might be time to give it another go!

    Have you tried the FG Robert’s cottage bread mix? It’s far and away the best I’ve found.

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    • Hi Ruth,

      I haven’t tried the mix you mention but I sure will look out for it now!

      Something definitely must have changed since you last tried Laucke’s mix, because I mean every word; it behaves exemplary! Maybe give it an other go, then let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks so much for your input!

      -Kristine

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      • .I have found Laucke’s mix very unreliable. It is like they have not put any of the rising ingredients in some batches. I am still looking for another recipe, one that has no eggs or soy.

        Helen

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        • Hi Helen,

          thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with this bread mix! Personally I haven’t come across this issue, but it’s a useful piece of information anyhow. I am posting a wonderful new bread recipe on the blog this week, so stay tuned!

          -Kristine

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        • Helen, I’ve had the same problem. I usually make my own GF bread (though my recipe works better as ‘savoury scone’-type rolls or focaccia than it does in a loaf pan – but I actually went out and bought some Laucke mix after reading the blog post. First two mixes came out beautifully – next one was like rubber with a crust on – so heavy that I could have hit someone with it and done pretty serious damage. Thought it must have been me somehow doing something wrong, so tried again with exactly the same result. I’ve found both times that the mix appears far more starchy than my own mixes – and when I add water it becomes like a paste rather than a proper batter or dough. I know that with GF “doughs” they tend to be pretty gloppy and batter like – but this is more like what you’d expect just mixing straight out cornflour with water and trying to work it. I have recently complained to Laucke and they sent me two new packets. Finally tried again today – had a perfect rise, but almost the same result – rock hard crust, rubbery inside. Even my bullmastiff had trouble chewing her way through it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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          • Hi Laura, thanks for sharing your experiences with this mix! I haven’t had this happen, so I do recommend talking to the company and see if they can help. The Laucke mix does make a strange looking “paste like” batter, and it does have a pea protein smell when its wet, but it has always come out nicely for me. In fact, now that I’m in Europe I have been searching high and low to find it, and I picked up a pack on holiday in Singapore last month. It remains to be seen if I run into the same trouble as you. I will certainly update this thread and let you know! Thanks again! Kristine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. hi name is pat from s.a i have made my own bread because could not find one i could eat but in the last year i found a bread that is nice and white from coles called lifestyle there have a wheat glutin and dairy free sliced bread that is ok the taste is nice and it freezze well and does not fall apart like the one i make the supermarkets are getting more glutin free breads that do taste ok have seen the ad for laucke bread but have not used it yet will look next time i go to the shops and check it out thanks..

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  4. I live in the U.S. and when I searched for the bread mix I could only find it in Australia. I was wondering an easy way to purchase this product..Thank you ..Brandy

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    • Hi Brandy,

      Try contacting them on this link: http://laucke.com.au/contact-us/ and they might be able to help you. This is what they’ve written on their site;

      “International enquiries

      Overseas customers can either purchase on line (see below) or email us Contact Us and we will get back to you with information on the nearest stockist or distributor in your area.”

      Hope this helps!

      -Kristine

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  5. I use it to make wraps and I do bread rolls in a small spring form tin, perfect for burgers. I have found that the recipes on their website are slightly different to the recipe on the packet though so I go with the website measurements.

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    • Those are brilliant ideas, thanks! We’ve been making pizza bases with the recipe on the pack, and they are wonderfully crispy and very much a success. My fiance likes his bases thin and crispy which can be tricky with gluten free mixes, but this one does the trick. Plus, he can make it himself! Usually I have to step in because GF dough can be quite temperamental, but since we found this mix I’m off the hook! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I also use the mixture to make a garlic flat bread on a griddle hot plate. Our local Woolworths is no longer stocking Laucke gluten free which is just one of those inconveniences that come with a gluten free diet.

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        • That sounds really delicious, have you posted the recipe on your blog?

          Perhaps you could ask your Woolworths to order it. Sometimes it helps to make your opinion known. It’s worth a try anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I have just made a loaf of bread using the Laucke bread mix and I am blown away by the closeness to ordinary white bread! Even my grandson ate some and asked for more! I will not be bothering making gluten free bread with anything else from now on! It is brilliant! I live in Tassie……I purchased mine from Coles.

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  7. I love the idea of the banana bread using this mix, but we amongst other things have an egg allergy. Do you know if we could just leave the egg out or substitute it with something?
    Thanks.

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  8. Just made this bread and it was fabulous, but two hours later feeling ill, praying its not the bread..i have been purchasing Country Life Yeast Free, Gluten Free as very allergic to Yeast as well, no problems there but sick of paying $7 a tiny loaf, Aldi Gluten Free makes me very very ill, needing to lay down for hours so I wonder what is in these things….will try a slice of Laucke again tomorrow as it is the answer to all my problems, well, except one…not giving up yet…

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    • Hi Sue,

      I am so sorry you felt ill after trying the bread. It sounds like you may have undiagnosed food intolerances. I would ask your GP for appropriate testing, perhaps a monitored elimination diet!

      Laucke uses pea flours in their bread mixes, which adds texture similar to that of gluten, but which may disturb tummies that are sensitive to FODMAPs. You could also ask your doctor to have this tested.

      In the meantime, try to stay away from supermarket breads and mixes, as many of them contain ingredients you may not be able to identify. Try making your own instead, it’s not as hard as you may think! Here’s a good recipe for you to start with: https://thankheavens.com.au/2015/01/21/the-worlds-best-gluten-free-sandwich-bread-recipe/ (exchange yeast for baking soda)

      If you are very allergic to yeast you must at all times avoid packaged bread that may have come into contact with yeast during production! If in doubt, contact the manufacturer and ask. They will be able to inform you of their production methods.

      I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best!

      -Kristine

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  9. I like this Laucke bread mix too found it the cheapest for me but I use my bread maker and i have to add 1/2 teaspoon of yeast to it or I end up with a doughy small loaf.

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