Joan’s GF Great Bakes Italian Bread
Living in the San Francisco Bay area, there has been a little missing piece to our diets (and our hearts) since going gluten free – a crusty loaf of sour dough bread now and then! We’ve been on the hunt for several years for a nice replacement and I think we have found it.
It’s not sour, but it’s crusty and soft and satisfying. It’s Joan’s GF Great Bakes Italian Bread. Looking at the pictures on their website, you can’t imagine that Gluten Free baked goods could really look and taste as great as they seem there. Today was my first taste of a Joan’s GF Great Bakes product, and so far, it’s true. These products are available in stores in many states, but not in California, so I’ve never seen them! A few of our Face Book friends (Michael Hoyt, Adam Sheinkin, and David Galinkin) all mentioned Joan’s last week, so I rushed to get some. Thanks, guys!
The Italian Bread comes in 3 small frozen loaves. When the package arrived, the entire order was packed in dry ice and frozen solid, which is why shipping is not inexpensive. Following the directions, I defrosted a loaf in the microwave for a few minutes (you can also do it the old fashioned way, of course), and then let it rise for about an hour while I cooked the rest of my dinner. I baked it for 25 minutes to a crispy, golden brown and was really excited to cut into it and see that it is far superior to other gluten free French breads I’ve tried. It looks great, smells great, and tastes awesome! The slight dusting of flour on the crunchy crust makes it all the more authentic, and the soft, chewy texture is not too heavy, but just right.
This bread is gluten free, dairy free, soy free and egg free.
I brought a little to my gluten free neighbor who hasn’t had French bread in 3 years and she was thrilled with it, too! Can’t wait to try the rest of their products! Stay tuned!
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