Gluten Free Rosemary, Thyme & Garlic Bread Mix from ALDI

I have purchased Rosemary, Thyme and Garlic Bread mix in Aldi supermarket several months ago, to try their brand of gluten free bread mixes. I baked this bread last week, when I saw that gluten free products will be on sale again. I bake my own wholegrain bread now, but occasionally try bread mixes by different manufacturers. They have several advantages compared to commercially baked gluten free bread. They provide a cheaper option and convenience of freshly baked loaf. They are also a preferred option for those, who are sensitive to yeast and limits, or completely avoids yeast as an ingredient in bread.

I will go straight to my conclusion – Rosemary, Thyme and Garlic Bread mix from Aldi got my top marks for simplicity of preparation, baking, and both the taste and texture of the loaf. I can make only one negative comment, and it is of general nature, related to all yeast free commercial bread mixes. Nutritional value of these types of bread is average, if not poor. They have very low level of protein, even calculated per dry matter (2.1%). They are loaded with starches and have several processed ingredients. I would not recommend to consume this bread as a significant part of daily food intake. Having said that, I will repeat that this bread is very tasty, has soft and airy texture, is excellent for toasts and sandwiches, freezes well and perfectly defrosts when toasted.

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It has a nice crust and its soft texture makes it perfect for a French toast.

Ingredients:

from the box

Corn Starch, Wholemeal rice flour,  Maltodextrin, Tapioca Starch, Raising Agents (341, 500), Dextrose,  Herb and Garlic Mix (2%), Garlic Powder (6%), Iodised salt, Thickeners (415, 464), Emulsifiers (471, 475), Acidity regulator (575), Psyllium Husk, Seasoning (Contains natural Chicken Flavour), Anticaking Agent (551).

 Made in Australia from imported and local ingredients.

Preparation:

Bread was very easy to prepare according to direct and clear instructions on the box. It needed only 2 ingredients to add to the mix: water and vegetable oil. I used grapeseed oil as an ingredient. Measuring ingredients and doing everything according to the instruction on the box gives perfectly baked loaf of bread. There were no problems or difficulties in mixing, using hand-held mixer. The dough had risen very nicely during baking which took exactly 60 min.

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I used grapeseed oil to grease the loaf tin and sesame seeds to sprinkle the top of the loaf. I let the loaf rest until it completely cooled down and only after that did the slicing. As with nearly all gluten free loaves, warm bread can be still slightly moist inside. After cooling down, freezing and defrosting, soft texture of this bread becomes more resilient.

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For $3.49 this gluten free bread is an excellent value for money, and surpasses commercially baked bread I am familiar with, both in taste and in texture. This time, while plenty of gluten free products on offer, I have bought another bread mix to try later – Gluten Free Sundried Tomato and Basil Bread Mix.

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