Want To Make Perfect Gluten Free Bread? Try This! (plus bonus banana bread recipe)
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!
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!
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!
- 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
- 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
- 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. I love this mix and I’ve found a new favourite!
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!
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!