A few weeks ago, Charles Luce of Luce’s Gluten-Free Artisan Bread, contacted me to ask if I would be willing to try out a couple of recipes of their gluten-free bread.
I have celiac and am gluten-free, so I knew I could eat it, but I wondered about my son. I shared my concerns with Charles and he was more than happy to explain Luce’s products to me. Fortunately, most (if not all) of Luce’s products are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free. How’s that for being allergen friendly?
My only reservation was that Luce’s sometimes includes chia seeds to top the bread with. Charles was quick to point out that the chia seed topping is optional and included white rice flour for me to top the bread with in its place. If nothing else, I’ve been impressed with Luce’s customer service!
My bread mixes came in the mail on Monday and today I decided to give them a whirl. After all, how can you not get excited about allergy-free bread that you only have to mix with water to bake? And there aren’t any pans to clean. Now, THAT’S my kind of cooking!
This morning I made the Italian and Sour Dough Bread Loaves. As both mixes only require that you mix with water, stir, form into a loaf, and smooth, I figured I would bake both loaves at one time. Once the loaves are assembled they are baked in a parchment-paper type bag, leaving you with no messy pans to clean. I’ll admit I was concerned about putting the bags directly on the oven rack, but they cooked the bread beautifully and made no mess in the oven.
When the timer dings, the directions have you place the bread loaves on a cooling wire rack and let cool before serving. The smell and my hunger got the better of me and I pinched a little here and there to sample.
Both loaves were a little crispier than I personally like my bread, but in my opinion that is more of a personal taste problem than a product issue. Next time I bake the loaves, I will most likely try reducing the baking time by a few minutes.
The Italian Bread Loaf tasted totally authentic and savory and would be perfect if paired with a lasagna or pasta-based dish. Although the outer crust of the loaf was crispy, the inside was perfectly moist and looked and tasted like the real gluten-filled bread I remember. The Sour Dough Bread Loaf yielded the same delicious results.
Bottom Line: This product is indeed something I would recommend for families with multiple food allergies. You might need to bake a loaf or two to cook the crust to the consistency of your liking, but it will be well worth it. I also preferred the bread hot out of the oven, but it tastes great when warmed in the microwave as well.
Thanks to Charles and the folks at Luce’s Gluten-Free Artisan Bread for making a tasty and allergy-friendly product!
*Disclaimer: Luce’s sent me three loaves of bread to bake and review. The above strictly reflects my personal views only. No compensation was provided.*