In Part 1 of my review series of Gluten Free Things, I introduced you to Master Baker, John Irvin. Since receiving their Gluten-free [vegan] Survival Kit, I have had the pleasure of trying a variety of their delicious gluten-free bread.
In this post, I will be reviewing their Gluten Free Things Hoagies and French Loaf.
Before I get on with the review, I do want to say that bread, like wine, is subjective. Your mileage may vary.
The hoagies were the first of the gluten-free variety pack that I tried. The hoagie is a really generous size. The texture is not gummy or crumbly. The taste is that of fresh bakery bread, which is a real treat if you have been eating commercial gluten-free bread. This is not something I have found to be available in supermarkets.
I was expecting the usual gummy, spongey and bland commercial gluten-free bread that I have been choking down since becoming gluten free over five years ago. I was pleasantly surprised. As you can see in the above pictures, I made a tuna and tomato sub with it. I did not have to toast the bread to improve on the texture.
The only problem I had with it is that it doesn’t fit in my toaster. I was able to try a second hoagie toasted by laying it on top of my toaster a half at a time and flipping it over. You can toast it in the oven, but I find this to be a little inconvenient. I would also like to see heating instructions and serving ideas on the packaging.
My overall impression:
GLUTEN-FREE FRENCH LOAF
I have been making french bread pizza with Udi’s French Loaf for a while now, since I cannot find a decent gluten-free pizza crust. In the above picture, I have made pizza using the Gluten Free Things gluten-free French Loaf. I crisped up nicely in the oven when baked at 350° for about 15 minutes.
Again, the loaf is really generous in size; more than enough to share with friends or family. I only used half of the loaf to make my french bread pizza. The texture is that of fresh bakery bread.
The inside of the bread remained soft while the outside had a nice crust. You could make a giant sandwich out of this and easily have enough to share.
The bread held its shape and did not fall apart, even with all of the tomato sauce and toppings I piled on top of it.
I would like to see heating instructions and serving ideas on the packaging.
If you miss real bread, I would highly recommend ordering Gluten Free Things sample pack. This gives you an opportunity to try a variety of bread so you can determine your favorites.