Regular readers of my blog with know that I have a very positive outlook on my Gluten free lifestyle and that I’m forever saying “with a little bit of imagination and experimentation you can eat every bit as normal as you used to”.
One aspect of the Gluten Free diet I do find quite frustrating, however, is finding a decent loaf of bread. I, for one, have tried nearly every single Gluten Free loaf going and have struggled to find one that a) Doesn’t have the taste or texture of cardboard and b) Isn’t absolutely pumped full of sugar and fat in order to make it taste good – over 120 calories per slice? No thanks!
Recently, I was browsing the Free-From section in my local Sainsburys when I came across this Classic White Artisan Loaf by Newburn Bakehouse.
This bread is not your typical sliced white loaf – it’s a crusty loaf, just like you’d find in an independent bakery and it looked so delicious sitting there on the shelf that I just had to give it a try.
I was too excited to wait, so before I even unpacked my shopping I decided to make a sandwich. As I was slicing into the loaf I could tell it wasn’t like the other loaves i’ve tried – it wasn’t dry, doughy or full of holes, it was light and fluffy, basically… just like normal bread!
A lot of Gluten Free breads also only taste good if you toast them, whereas this loaf works great both ways and it was nice to have a sandwich on untoasted bread for a change!
– As well as Gluten Free it’s also Dairy Free.
– It can be frozen.
– It’s not pumped full of fat/sugar – only 0.6g of saturated fat per 100g of product.
– It’s not a sliced loaf so it can go a long way depending how thick you like your slices.
– It doesn’t fall apart when you slice it and it’s not full of air holes.
– It’s quite expensive at £3.50 a loaf which is a bit of a shame but if you want a good Gluten Free loaf I think it’s worth paying that little bit extra.
– At the moment it’s only available in Sainsburys but I hope that more supermarkets will stock it soon.
I prefer crusty bread, as opposed to sliced bread as I think it’s more versatile. It’s great for sandwiches but you can also make bruschetta and garlic bread with it which make delicious starters, sides or snacks.
Today i’m going to share with you my recipe for Gluten Free Bruschetta using the Newburn Bakery White Classic Artisan Loaf.
2 slices of Newburn Bakehouse Classic White Artisan Loaf, halved
8 Cherry Tomatoes, chopped into quarters
1 large clove of Garlic
2 tbsp Olive Oil, chopped
Salt and Pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
2. Arrange the bread on a baking tray and drizzle it with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
3. Wrap the garlic clove in a small piece of foil ready to be roasted.
4. Place the bread and the garlic in the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the garlic is soft.
5. Meanwhile prepare the topping: place the chopped tomatoes into a bowl with the chopped basil then drizzle over the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
6. Remove the bread and the garlic from the oven. Allow the garlic to cool for a moment before squeezing it out of its skin and then break it up with a fork.
7. Mix the garlic into the tomato topping and then spoon the mixture onto the slices of bread.
8. Top each piece of bruschetta with a few fresh basil leaves then serve.
You can find out more about the Newburn Bakehouse Artisan Loaf here and you can currently purchase it from Sainsburys.