Friday, December 18, 2009

Breads from Anna

Bread. It's one of the more challenging items to find a satisfying substitution for those on a gluten free diet, and what if you have multiple food allergies? Breads from Anna started with just one mix back in 2004, and now the company offers ten mixes. This company caters to those who are gluten free, dairy free, corn free, soy free, yeast free, and even rice free! So what are they made out of? Well they use more of the bean and pea flours, along with millet, and arrowroot...some of the grains that seem to be neglected and not as frequently thought of. (Rice, potato, and tapioca seem to be the most widely known as gluten free grains but there is quite a selection to choose from.)

Being free of so many allergens does however make the cost of the product increase greatly. In fact I would say this line of bread and muffin mixes is one of the most expensive ones I've come across. With that said, it's worth it. I'm a big banana bread fan, so I tried out a free sample of Bread from Anna's banana bread mix. It was very simple to mix up, and baked right up without any fuss. The loaf browned on the top without burning, and it sliced like a fresh loaf of bread; it wasn't crumbly, it wasn't hard like a brick, and it wasn't cooked on the outside but not in the middle- the 3 most common problem with baking gluten free bread.

This product gets 4 stars! And my husband, who is not gluten free, says it's "unbelievably fabulous banana bread!" My only real compliant is that the labels all seem to look really similar and so it was hard to distinguish the products on the shelf.

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