If you want gluten-free bread that tastes closest to the gluten-filled breads you remember, you'll probably need to bake your own.
Fortunately, that doesn't mean you need to start from scratch — even if you have allergies in addition to your gluten intolerance, you should be able to find a gluten-free bread mix that will suit you.
And you may be surprised to find that these mixes taste really good. In some cases, you'll forget you're eating gluten-free bread.
Many upscale and health-oriented food stores carry some gluten-free bread mixes, and you should be able to purchase the others online. Here's what's available.
Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. offers what may be the easiest gluten-free bread mix to prepare on the market — it requires you to add only water before baking. The mix is based on potato starch, pea starch and tapioca starch.
The Kinnik-Kwik Bread and Bun Mix is free of dairy, yeast, soy and nuts, but includes sugar, corn, eggs and potato. With the help of the University of Nebraska, Kinnikinnick certifies its foods to contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten.
Bob's Red Mill has four gluten-free bread mixes from which you can choose: GF Hearty Whole-Grain Bread, GF Homemade Wonderful Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Cornbread. Bob's Red Mill tests its products for gluten down to 20 parts per million, but does produce its gluten-free oats in the same facility as other GF products.
Ingredients and preparation vary for the Bob's mixes. The cornbread, for instance, calls for mixing with milk, eggs and oil or butter. The Hearty Whole-Grain Bread and the Homemade Wonderful Bread each require cider vinegar combined with the included yeast packet, and can be baked in a bread machine. The Cinnamon-Raisin Bread does not need vinegar, but it does include yeast and can be produced in a bread machine.
Gluten-Free Pantry's line of GF bread mixes includes Favorite Sandwich Bread, French Bread & Pizza Mix, and Yankee Cornbread & Muffin Mix. Both the white breads contain yeast and can be made in a bread maker.
The sandwich bread mix can be used to create cinnamon raisin bread by adding raisins and spices, and the Gluten-Free Pantry website contains multipe interesting-looking recipes for use with the French Bread mix.
Gluten-Free Pantry, like parent company Glutino Inc., tests its products to make sure they contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.
King Arthur Flour's Gluten-Free Bread Mix makes a basic, hearty white sandwich-style bread, either in the oven or in a bread maker. The mix, which is based on rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch, is free of soy and nuts, and includes an added yeast packet. Instructions call for adding milk, eggs and oil or butter.
King Arthur Flour has a dedicated gluten-free facility, and its products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which requires testing to below 10 parts per million of gluten. The mixes also are certified kosher.
Dedicated gluten-free manufacturer Pamela's Products makes two bread mixes: its more traditional Gluten-Free Bread Mix, plus Cornbread & Muffin Mix. The traditional bread mix includes sorghum, tapioca, millet and several different kinds of rice, along with yeast, while the corn bread mix includes corn, tapioca and potato.
Pamela's website also contains a wealth of recipe ideas, courtesy of the company's annual gluten-free recipe contest. All Pamela's Products mixes are tested to make certain they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten.
Namaste Foods' Gluten-Free Bread Mix is made from a combination of brown rice, sorghum, tapioca, arrowroot and millet, and contains yeast. To make the bread, you add eggs, oil and water.
Namaste products all are made in a dedicated facility and contain no gluten, soy, corn, potato, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. The products also are kosher-certified.
7. Chébé Bread
Chébé Bread Products bases its bread mixes on Brazilian pao de queijo, or "cheese bread," and the main ingredients come from the tropical mainioc plant, also known as yucca or cassava. Traditionally, pao de queijo is made into small rolls, but Chébé's mix also can be used to calzones, sandwich buns, tortillas and crackers.
The mix is yeast-free and includes only mainioc, dry milk and iodine-free sea salt. It's made in a gluten-free facility. Chébé's mixes are certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association, which requires testing down to 5 parts per million of gluten.
Orgran makes both Easy-Bake Bread Mix and gluten-free Cornbread and Muffin Mix. The bread mix is dairy-free, yeast-free, egg-free and vegan, and you don't need to use eggs in order to get a decent loaf of bread.
The corn bread mix, meanwhile, is made with non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) corn, and is free of dairy, eggs, yeast, tree nuts and soy. It's also vegan.