|Looking good! But - whisper - a bit small...|
I LOVE getting products to review.
Why? Coz I can pretend I'm an authoritative guru.
So gather at my feet people, look worshipful and let guru Pig tell you all about Helen's Brilliant Brown Bread Mix.
Caveat Number 1: The packets are designed to be used with eggs, but after a chat with Helen's PR, we decided I should try using an egg replacer to see what happened. I used two level tablespoons of ground golden linseeds, two heaped teaspoons of 'No Egg' and enough coconut milk to make a smooth paste. (You could use rice milk or just water.)
Is this a loaf, or a mouthful?
I was a bit dubious when I saw the weight of the ingredients - 250g (that ain't a lot) - and the instructions to use a 1lb loaf tin. I don't do 'lbs' any more, but given the small packet, I went with my smallest of small loaf tins which measures 12cm x 21cm.
It looks small. Will it rise in the oven?
I can't fault the prep time -about eight mins after faffing with the egg replacer - and the liquid mixed into the flour really easily.
Umm, but I scraped it into the loaf tin and it looked forlorn; it was only half full.
Never mind, I thought, it will rise spectacularly in the oven and be like the Magic Porridge Pot! (I do actually think like this, I've clearly missed a few developmental stages.)
The instructions told me to cut a slit in the dough before I put it in the oven and that was rather thrilling and looked really good once it was cooked.
But my guru-like instincts were right; this mix did not metamorphasise into a whopping great crusty bloomer.
It politely grew a little instead.
What did it taste like?
Yummy. With an authentic wholemeal taste and a great crusty crust. In fact, it tasted like home baked bread.
Alas the texture was - like a lot of GF bread - a little 'gummy'.
But eaten warm from the oven and dipped into a hearty tomato soup, this would be lovely. It also toasted well.
Too small to make sandwiches.
Although if you were feeding a toddler - I'm not being facetious - this would make a dinky plate of beans on toast.
And actually, with the post-Christmas blubber that is hanging around my middle, this is quite a good-sized loaf for middle-aged me.
Worth having a packet in the cupboard for emergencies, but this is unlikely to replace your daily bread if you have to make packed lunches every day.
Allergy advice: "May contain traces of egg. Packed in an area that handles soya and dairy."
Ingredients: Wholegrain rice flour, Cornflour, Potato Starch, Flaxseed flour, xanthan gum, raising agents: (Sodium bicarbonate, Disodium diphosphate), sea salt
Price: £2.49 for 250g
Where to buy it: Virginia Foods.net
|For Lilliputians, this would be ideal!|