March 29, 2012

The Best Gluten Free Bread on the Market?

So now that the mad rush of a new Allergy Free product has died down and the pop up shop is gone I thought it high time to review what was advertised as the best Gluten Free and Wheat Free bread on the market, BFree. But guess what? BFree contains Milk and Egg! ... How very annoying ... so I was forced to make a panel of taste-testing friends and family to tell me what it was like.

My panel tried the BFree Brown Seeded Loaf. The loaf is actually quite heavy but looks lovely, fluffy and dry when sliced and the over-bounding response was ‘Yes! It really is good!’ M. said that it tasted great and was just like real bread (she has recently given up Gluten and Wheat based breads). P. also said that it was nice and had a few slices but was a bit more reluctant to give indepth criticism (he is more of a traditional bread and butter, meat and potato kind of guy). And B. said it was definitely good but still contained the trademark ‘Gluten Free’ aftertaste albeit to a fainter degree (Gluten free eaters everywhere will be familiar with the slightly ?dry? aftertaste common to almost all Gluten Free products) but even despite this gave it thumbs up.

Despite everybody liking it and confirming that BFree really is a top notch Gluten Free, Wheat Free bread, there was some comment on a slightly ‘caky consistency’ (also common to Gluten Free breads) but this caky-ness was not so caky as to discredit its wonderful bread-like attributes!

So, it looks like BFree really is the bees knees in terms of taste and wheat bread simulation. In terms of Allergy Friendliness it's a bit of a mixed bag: The Brown Seeded Loaf is amazingly Potato Free and Soya Free (!!) but then goes and ruins it all by containing both Milk and Egg (!!!!) which eliminates all Gluten Free Vegans, Strict Vegetarians, Egg Allergic and Dairy Allergic from it’s bready goodness. But I guess you win some and you loose some.

- Gluten free
- Wheat Free
- Nut Free (note: cannot guarantee Nut Free environment)
- Potato Free
- Soya Free

BFree is available in a ‘Soft White Loaf’, a ‘Brown Seeded Loaf’, ‘Brown Seeded Rolls‘ and ‘White Demi Baguette’ in Dunnes Stores. The loaves are approx €3.00 each.

It took me a while to find it because it isn’t located with the Free From and Organic produce as expected, but actually lives alongside the Wheat based breads in the mainstream bread section.

Have you tried it? What do you think??

BFree Brown Seeded Loaf
Ingredients: Water, Tapioca Starch, Corn Starch, Maize Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Sunflower Seeds (4%), Dried Egg White. Rice Bran, Whey Protein Isolate (From Milk), Treacle, Linseeds 2%), Thickening agent: Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Yeast, Sourdough (Fermented Quinoa and Rice Flour). Psyllium, Apple Fibre, Flour Treatment agent : Ascorbic Acid, Thickening agents: Guar Gum, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Raising Agent : Sodium Bicarbonate.

Allergy Advice:
Contains Egg, Milk
Recipe: No Nuts
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee Nut Free environment
Factory: No Nuts

Nutritional Information per 100g:
Energy 949kJ/226kcal
Protein 6.2g
Carbohydrates 30.5g
of which sugars 2.8g
Fat 6.2g
of which saturates 0.7g
Fibre 12g
Sodium 0.52g
Salt Equivalent 1.32g


Tina said...

Kinda disappointed at its non-vegan status as I had seen them and was seriously considering it. Oh well you saved me some time and effort, not to mention cursing and blinding in Dunnes... Oh the amount of times I've gotten PO'd at non-vegan products especially in free from foods. I always feel they are not trying hard enough to please me :P

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