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I thought I would show you the comparison between bought and homemade GF bread, and bought and homemade GF pastry products, as that is what I have baked so far.
Bought GF white bread:
Maize Starch, Water, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Rapeseed Oil,
Humectant: Vegetable Glycerol; Psyllium Husk Powder, Yeast,
Stabiliser: Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose; Ground Golden Flaxseed,
Free Range Dried Egg White, Rice Flour, Dextrose,
Iodised Salt: Salt, Potassium Iodate; Fermented Maize Starch,
Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Iron,
Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folic Acid.
Home made bread:
Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Maize Flour, Buckwheat
Flour, Xanthan gum, linseed, salt, milk, egg, butter, vinegar, honey,
Obviously I can't add the 5 vitamins that they have added at the end of their list.
Same bread brand bought pastry: here
Margarine (Palm Oil, Water, Rapeseed Oil, Emulsifier (Mono- and
Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Salt), Tapioca Starch, Maize Starch,
Water, Egg, Stabilisers (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Salt, Rice Flour.
Another brand bought pastry: here
Maize Starch, Margarine [Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water], Emulsifiers: (Mono- and
Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Esters of Fatty Acids, Polyglycol), Salt,
Antioxidant: (Ascorbyl Palmitate, Extracts of Tocopherols), Aroma,
Acidity Regulator: (Citric Acid), Colour: (Beta-Carotene)], Lard, Rice Flour, Water, Pasteurised Whole Egg, Glucose, Whey Powder (Milk), Potato Starch, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt.
UK brand pastry P & P here:
Rice flour, potato starch, gram flour, non-hydrogenated vegetable
margarine (palm oil, rapeseed, water, salt, emulsifier: E471), water,
egg, xanthan gum, disodium diphosphate, sodium
Home made pastry:
Gluten Free Plain Flour, butter/fat, egg, Xanthan Gum or linseed, salt, Orange zest.
Quite a difference isn't there? The UK brand seems to only be available via post if you don't live near the shop and the P & P is quite high. The other 2 brands can be bought in the supermarkets though you have to hunt to find them. Personally, I am not sure I would want to use them.
If working full time and can't do with the faff of making either product, then yes, I can see why you would buy them. Being at home, and if I was GF, I think I would want to try making them and hope I got better at it with each try.
If you have other allergies such as dairy, gum or are vegan, you would be making them as well.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.