Thursday, 12 September 2013

Product Review: Delicious & Brennans Gluten Free Bread


Delicious The Gluten Free Bakery http://www.delicious.ie recently tweeted news about their new gluten free bread. I nearly died of excitement when I saw that they had teamed up with Brennans to create their new product. Brennans Bread was my pan of choice back in my gluten days. So when Delicious tweeted me saying that they'd be happy to send me a sample of their new bread, I absolutely accepted their offer. 




However, a few days later when I answered a knock on the door and was handed a large box to sign for, I was wondering who was sending me this package and what was in it. Well, didn't the fine people at Delicious not only send me a sample of their new bread, but 3 of their cakes, a flapjack and a macaroon.

(On a personal note: I am genuinely floored by their generosity. The gluten free companies that have approached me for reviewing their products are beyond generous. It's a real pleasure to support such great businesses and products. This has been a bumper year for the blog in terms of food reviews!)

So back to the bread.

It's brightly packaged and clearly marked Gluten Free and noticeably lists allergies on the back label. The most noticeable thing about this bread, is the size. It really is pan sized. Not like the usual smaller sizes of gluten free bread that are commercially available on the market. It is like a 'normal' sized piece of bread. I just couldn't get over that. In a good way. There is a tip on the back of the packaging that recommends that you should keep it in the fridge for a longer shelf life. It freezes well too.

The taste is good. When eaten untoasted it does actually taste like bread. The texture initially is a bit springy, but not too off-putting. It tears differently from 'normal' bread, so is the nature of gluten free. It toasts really well and I made a tasty croque monsieur with it. It holds well when frying it in the pan or toasting it with cheese on top, in the oven. Again, the wonderful thing about this bread is the size. It feels so 'normal'. I would be happy to buy this bread again. It definitely satisfies.

As far as I'm aware it is only available in the Cork area at the moment. I do hope this hits the shelves nationwide soon. If its price point is set affordably against other gluten free breads already out there, I think it will sell really well. It's worth buying.

Delicious is an award winning gluten free bakery that is based in Cork. I personally think Cork is the gluten free capital of Ireland. Delicious adds beautifully to that reputation. They really listen to their customers and are always happy to hear feedback on their range. You can read more of their story at this link here: http://www.delicious.ie/about-delicious 

I'm not forgetting about all the amazing cakes and extras that came with the bread. I just want to focus on their bread as it really is the new kid on the block. However, it must be said there is a reason that Delicious Gluten Free Bakery is called Delicious. I've been a fan of their cakes and goodies since I discovered them. Their cakes never disappoint and I genuinely love to eat their food.

Find Delicious on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Deliciousglutenfree
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Product Review: PureBred Gluten Free Bakery


PureBred Gluten Free Bakery http://www.purebred.ie got in touch with me awhile ago and asked if I wanted to review some of their gluten free range. I had high hopes for a great taste factor.




The generous folks sent me on the following:

Luxury Lemon Muffins
Luxury Chocolate Muffins
Double Chocolate Cake Bars
Mixed Berry Cake Bars

How spoilt was I?

Okay, so on with my review...

Starting with the packaging - there is clear gluten free labelling and they use the cross grain symbol on the front and back of the packaging, which is trusted by the gluten free community. Also, clear labelling of other allergens too, i.e. the mixed berry cake bars are clearly marked dairy free and the back of the packaging has a list of what allergens are in the bake.

The lemon muffins had this gorgeous lemon filling in the middle. The texture of something similiar to a lemon curd. The muffin itself wasn't dry or crumbly, but properly 'cakey'. I can say the same for the chocolate muffins. They had an equally great texture and a nice chocolate filling too. Between the two, my favourite was the lemon muffin.

The cake bars were surprisingly 'cakey' too. Not crumbly, decent texture and not too filling. The flavours are strong and not overly sweet. 

(On a personal note: They do use Canola oil, also known as Rapeseed oil. I don't like this oil. It's an unhealthy oil and the benefits of this oil used in food are minimal. I would like to see them switch out to an healthier oil. As someone who has to live on a gluten free diet, I've ended up reading and researching all about what foods are good and what foods cause inflammation. There is a lot of force in the canola oil industry that want to argue this point, but having researched and talked to people in the food industry, canola oil is something I am rightly to be wary of.  Some further random reading: http://www.drgangemi.com/2011/07/canola-oil and http://www.naturalnews.com/026630_oil_canola.html) 

PureBred are a family bakery from Co. Donegal. They primarily produce gluten free bread and gluten free bread rolls. You can read a little bit more about their story at this link here http://www.purebred.ie/our-story.

PureBred bakery are right up there in the gluten free world in terms of taste. They really know how to create a product that doesn't feel like it's trying too hard to taste 'not gluten free'. It is just a shame that they use such an unhealthy oil in their bakes.

Find PureBred on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PureBredGlutenFreeBakery
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